Bradley at UNI
Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: McLeod Center
Date: March 26, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. (CT)
Radio: Panther Sports Network
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• The UNI Panthers men’s basketball team (20-14 overall, 11-7 MVC) will play host to a familiar foe in the Bradley Braves (18-16, 7-11 MVC) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).
• UNI reached the quarterfinals with CIT wins over North Dakota (77-66) and UIC (63-51.
• Bradley defeated Green Bay (75-69) and Tulane (77-72) to reach the CIT quarters.
• UNI earned its 20th win of the season against UIC - extending the Missouri Valley Conference’s longest active 20-win seasons streak to five.
• UNI has set its single-season record for home wins this season with 15. The Panthers have posted a mark of 15-3 at home this season.
• UNI has won a postseason game in four straight seasons (2010 - NCAA; 2011 - CIT; 2012 - NIT; 2013 - CIT).
• UNI is the best free throw shooting (76.0 percent) team in the Valley. UNI is ranked No. 9 in the nation in FT%.
• Senior guard Marc Sonnen ranks No. 6 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 44.9 percent.
• Sonnen set the UNI single-season 3-pointers made record this season with 92. Sonnen needs six made 3-pointers to tie the UNI career record for 3-pointers (203 - Ben Jacobson).
• UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has compiled an overall record of 149-85 in seven seasons with the Panthers. He has compiled a mark of 77-49 (.611 winning percentage) in MVC regular season play over that time as well.
This year’s UNI men’s basketball games can be heard on the UNI Sports Radio Network, with KXEL (1540 AM, Waterloo, Iowa) serving as flagship station. Affiliates include KGYM (1600 AM, Cedar Rapids), KCHA (95.9 FM and 1580 AM, Charles City), KXNO (1460 AM, Des Moines), KQCR (98.9 FM, Hampton), KQMG (95.3 FM, Independence), KRIB (1490 AM, Mason City), KILJ (105.5 FM, Mount Pleasant), KWQC (1570 AM, Webster City).
Long-time Panthers announcer Gary Rima handles play-by-play duties, while Kevin Boyle serves as analyst. Head coach Ben Jacobson’s weekly radio call-in show will air on Thursdays, at 6 p.m.
COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT RESULTS/PAIRINGS
TUESDAY, MARCH 19
Eastern Kentucky 69, Gardner Webb 62
East Carolina 66, Savannah State 65
Rider 63, Hartford 54
Youngstown State 99, Oakland 87
Loyola MD 70, Boston Univ. 63
Evansville 84, Tennessee State 72
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
UNI 77, North Dakota 66
Bradley 75, Green Bay 69
Kent State 73, Fairfield 71
Canisius 69, Elon 53
Tulane 84, South Alabama 73
Illinois-Chicago 80, Chicago State 69
Oral Roberts 84, UT-Arlington 76
Weber State 85, Cal Poly 43
UC Irvine 80, High Point 71
Air Force 69, Hawaii 65
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
Evansville 86, Eastern Kentucky 72
East Carolina 75, Rider 54
Canisius 84, Youngstown State 82 (OT)
UNI 63, Illinois-Chicago 51
Bradley 77, Tulane 72
Weber State 78, Air Force 57
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
Loyola (MD) 73, Kent State 59
MONDAY, MARCH 25
UC Irvine vs. Oral Roberts, 8 pm
TUESDAY, MARCH 26
Loyola MD at East Carolina 7 pm
Evansville at Canisius, 7 pm
Bradley at UNI, 8 pm
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
UC Irvine or Oral Roberts at Weber State, TBD
(all times ET)
The Bradley Braves (18-16 overall, 7-11 MVC) reached the CIT quarterfinals with wins over Green Bay (75-69) and Tulane (77-72).
The Braves are led in scoring by Walt Lemon Jr. (15.5 ppg) and Dyricus Simms-Edwards (12.4 ppg).
Bradley holds a 27-22 lead in the all-time series vs. UNI.
Bradley is 1-6 all-time in the McLeod Center.
UNI has defeated Bradley in 10 of the last 12 meetings between the two schools.
PANTHERS SWEPT SEASON SERIES
UNI scored a pair of wins over Bradley this season. UNI tallied an 84-53 win over Bradley on Jan. 12 in the McLeod Center. The Panthers then scored a 68-65 win over the Braves in Peoria, Ill., on Feb. 10.
In the two games against Bradley, UNI senior guard Marc Sonnen averaged a team-high 18.0 points per game. Sonnen drained 10-of-17 3-pointers in the two contests.
THIRD MEETING OF ITS KIND
Tuesday’s non-conference postseason game between MVC foes UNI and Bradley will mark only the third such meeting between MVC schools in the history of the league.
Missouri State defeated Creighton in the 2010 CIT semifinals, 67-61. Missouri State went on to win the 2010 CIT championship over Pacific, 78-65.
Missouri State also played Southern Illinois in an NIT postseason game in the 1991 season as well. SIU won that matchup 72-69 to advance to the quarterfinals.
PANTHERS SET HOME WINS RECORD
UNI set its single-season home wins record with the Panthers’ win over UIC in the second round of the CIT.
UNI is 15-3 at home this season and that bests the mark of 14 set in the 2009-10 season and 1988-89 season. UNI went 14-0 at home in 2009-10, while going 14-1 at home in the UNI-Dome in the 1988-89 season.
FIVE CONSECUTIVE 20-WIN SEASONS
UNI has won 20 or more games in five consecutive seasons - the longest active streak in the Missouri Valley Conference.
UNI has tallied a total of ten 20-win seasons in the history of its men’s basketball program.
Eight of those 20-win seasons have come since the 2003-04 season.
UNI’s 20-WIN SEASONS
1963-64 - 23-4
1989-90 - 23-9
2003-04 - 21-10
2004-05 - 21-11
2005-06 - 23-10
2008-09 - 23-11
2009-10 - 30-5
2010-11 - 20-14
2011-12 - 20-14
2012-13 - 20-14
5TH STRAIGHT POSTSEASON APPEARANCE
UNI is making its fifth straight postseason appearance, which is the longest streak in school history.
Prior to its current streak of five straight postseason berths, UNI’s best string of postseason appearances was three in a row from 2004-2006.
UNI has qualified for postseason play in eight of its last 10 seasons, including five trips to the NCAA Tournament.
NOTE: See the chart on pg. 45 for all of UNI’s postseason appearances.
BACK TO .500 IN DIV. I POSTSEASON PLAY
With its win over UIC in the second round of the CIT, UNI improved to 12-12 all-time in Division I postseason play.
UNI VS. NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS
UNI faced six teams (Creighton, Memphis, Louisville, Saint Mary’s, UNLV and Wichita State) that season that will take part in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
UNI owns three wins over NCAA Tournament teams this season – Saint Mary’s, Wichita State and Creighton.
FEASTING ON THE LAND OF LINCOLN
UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has taken advantage of the three schools representing the state of Illinois in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Coach Jake has an overall mark of 36-14 vs. Southern Illinois, Illinois State and Bradley. Jake’s 13 wins over Bradley are the most vs. any Valley opponent he has faced.
Coach Jake is 20-1 all-time in the McLeod Center against Southern Illinois (7-0), Illinois State (7-0) and Bradley (6-1).
Coach Jake Overall vs. The Valley
Illinois State 12-6
Indiana State 7-8
Missouri State 10-4
Southern Illinois 11-4
Wichita State 8-7
AJ EARNS 2ND TEAM ALL-MVC
Senior guard Anthony James (St. Louis, Mo./Normandy HS) was named to the second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference squad.
James leads the Panthers in scoring at 13.2 points per game. James has scored in double figures on 21 occasions this season, including a season-high 25 points at Creighton (1/15).
James earned honorable mention all-MVC honors as both a sophomore and a junior.
BOHANNON NAMED TO MVC ALL-BENCH SQUAD
University of Northern Iowa redshirt freshman guard Matt Bohannon (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar HS) earned a spot on the MVC All-Bench squad.
Bohannon has seen action in all 34 games this season. Bohannon leads the team in bench scoring (117 points). He ranks second on the team with 42 made 3-pointers. Bohannon has tallied six double-figure scoring games. He has made three or more 3-pointers in six games this season. Bohannon tallied a career-high 14 points and buried four 3-pointers in UNI’s 68-65 win at Bradley (2/10). He has made 16-of-18 free throws (88.9 percent). Bohannon has committed only 20 turnovers in 716 minutes of action.
Bohannon is the fourth Panther to earn MVC All-Bench honors. Travis Brown and
Chip Rank earned the honor once, while Lucas O’Rear was a two-time All-Bench honoree.
UNI on MVC All-Bench Team
Travis Brown - 2008-09
Lucas O’Rear - 2008-09, 2009-10
Chip Rank - 2011-12
Matt Bohannon - 2012-13
PEHL, RANK EARN 2ND TEAM MVC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE HONORS
The University of Northern Iowa’s Austin Pehl and Chip Rank have been named to the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference’s Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete second team as announced by the league office.
Rank (3.77 GPA - Economics) has seen action in all 34 games this season ... ranks No. 5 on the team in 3-pointers made (22) ... averaging 2.9 ppg and 2.6 rpg ... second on the team in bench points this season (100) ... has tallied at least one rebound in 32 of the Panthers’ 34 games ... scored a season-high 13 points in a 72-47 win over North Dakota (11/17) ... knocked in three second-half 3-pointers and scored 11 points to go along with five rebounds in 71-64 win at Drake.
Pehl (3.42 GPA - Marketing & Graphic Design) has seen action in 24 games this season and drew two starting assignments ... Pehl is averaging 0.9 ppg and 1.7 rpg ... Pehl grabbed a season-high six rebounds at Evansville (1/29) in only nine minutes of action ... tallied a season-best four points in UNI’s 82-75 win over Saint Mary’s (12/23).
Rank earned first-team MVC Scholar-Athlete honors last season, while Pehl was an honorable mention selection as a junior.
UNI’s senior class has combined to start 253 games.
Jake Koch has started 101 games, while Anthony James has started 84 contests. Marc Sonnen had 56 career starts and Austin Pehl has 12 career starts.
SONNEN SETS UNI GAMES PLAYED RECORD; KOCH IS 2ND; JAMES IS 9TH
Senior Marc Sonnen is the UNI record-holder in games played with 137. Sonnen surpassed Johnny Moran’s mark of 135 games set last season.
UNI senior Jake Koch ranks No. 2 on the list with Moran at 136 games.
Fellow senior Anthony James ranks T-No. 9 on the Panthers’ games played list at 126.
UNI Career Games Played
1. Marc Sonnen (2008-present) 137
2. Jake Koch (2008-present) 136
3. Johnny Moran (2008-12) 135
4. Kwadzo Ahelegbe (2006-11) 133
5. Adam Koch (2006-10) 132
6. Eric Coleman (2005-08) 128
7. Grant Stout (2004-07) 127
Brooks McKowen (2004-07) 127
9. Kerwin Dunham (2007-11) 126
Anthony James (2008-present) 126
SIXTH TOP-3 FINISH IN THE MVC
UNI finished in third place in the final league standings. It marks the sixth time since the Panthers joined the league in the 1991-92 season that UNI finished in the top three.
UNI also finished in the top three in 2003-04 (T-2nd), 2004-05 (T-3rd), 2008-09 (T-1st), 2009-10 (1st) and 2011-12 (T-3rd).
IN THE UPPER HALF
UNI has finished in the upper half of the Missouri Valley Conference in 10 straight seasons.
Prior to the 2003-04 season when the current streak began, UNI had finished in the top half of the MVC on two occasions (1993-94, 1996-97) since joining the league in 1991-92.
NINE OR MORE LEAGUE WINS
UNI and Creighton are the only MVC schools to have won nine or more league games in each of the past 10 seasons.
MVC’s BEST SINCE FEB. 1
UNI posted a league-best 7-1 mark in MVC regular season play from Feb. 1 to March 2.
10 STRAIGHT YEARS OF 18-PLUS VICTORIES
UNI has won 18 or more games in 10 straight seasons. Prior to the 2003-04 season, UNI had won 18 or more games only six times in the history of its men’s basketball program.
18-Plus Wins Prior to 2003-04
1961-62 - 19-5
1963-64 - 23-4
1978-79 - 18-11
1983-84 - 18-10
1988-89 - 19-9
1989-90 - 23-9
18-Plus Wins Since 2003-04
2003-04 - 21-10
2004-05 - 21-11
2005-06 - 23-10
2006-07 - 18-13
2007-08 - 18-14
2008-09 - 23-11
2009-10 - 30-5
2010-11 - 20-14
2011-12 - 20-14
2012-13 - 20-14
PANTHERS BEST FT SHOOTING TEAM IN THE VALLEY
UNI is the best free throw shooting team in the Valley at 76.0 percent on the season.
UNI is ranked No. 9 in the nation in team free throw percentage.
UNI senior Marc Sonnen has drained 96.4 percent of his free throws this season (27-of-28). Sonnen also has a streak of 22 consecutive made free throws heading into Tuesday’s game vs. Bradley
SINGLE-SEASON 3-POINT FIELD GOAL MARK WITHIN REACH
UNI has made 265 three-pointers this season heading into Tuesday’s CIT quarterfinal vs. Bradley.
The 265 made three-pointers is the second-best single-season mark in UNI’s school history.
The Panthers have set the school record for made three-pointers in each of the past three seasons.
TEAM 3-POINTERS MADE (SINGLE SEASON)
1. 267 (2011-12)
2. 258 (2012-13)
SONNEN AMONG NATION’S BEST ‘MARCSMEN’
Senior guard Marc Sonnen is ranked No. 6 in the nation in 3-point field goal accuracy this season at 44.9 percent (minimum of 2.5 made per game).
Player, School 3s/Game Pct.
Tyrus McGee, Iowa State 2.7 .464
Ryan Sypkens, UC Davis 3.7 .461
Ian Clark, Belmont 3.1 .459
Malcolm Miller, Southern 2.7 .452
Scott Bamforth, Weber St. 2.6 .451
Marc Sonnen, UNI 2.8 .449
Jeff Elorriaga, Boise State 2.9 .447
Sammy Yeager, Fullerton 2.6 .446
Connor Hill, Idaho 2.7 .444
Brandon Provost, UTPA 2.6 .443
Senior guard Marc Sonnen has made at least one 3-pointer in 21 straight games.
He had a streak of 19 games in a row snapped earlier this season against Iowa (12/15).
Sonnen has made at least one 3-pointer in 41 of his last 43 games as a Panther.
The UNI school record for consecutive games with at least one made 3-pointer is held by Nick Nurse with 27 (Feb. 23, 1987 - Feb. 20, 1988).
SONNEN LEADS FROM DEEP
Senior guard Marc Sonnen ranks No. 1 in the MVC in made three-point field goals (92).
His 92 made 3-pointers rank him T-No. 22 in the country in 3-pointers made this season.
SONNEN CLIMBS PANTHER CHART
Sonnen has drained 197 3-pointers in his Panther career, which ranks him No. 3 on UNI’s all-time list.
Johnny Moran ranks No. 2 on the Panthers’ all-time 3-pointers made list with 201. holds the UNI school record with 203 career made 3-pointers.
SONNEN IN MVC STATS
In 18 MVC games, Sonnen shot 47.6 percent (49-of-105) from 3-point land to rank No. 2 in the league.
BEST SINGLE-SEASON 3-POINT MARK IN PANTHER HISTORY
Sonnen’s 92 three-pointers made this season is best single-season mark in Panther history.
Sonnen’s 92 three-pointers made is currently the 12th-best single-season total in Missouri Valley Conference history.
Only five MVC shooters have ever made 100 or more 3-pointers in a season (Troy Hudson - 134; Kyle Korver - 129; Jeremy Crouch - 118; Adam Leonard - 103; Kyle Korver 100).
Erik Smith set the previous UNI single-season record for made three-pointers with 79 in the 2001-02 season.
3-POINTERS MADE (SINGLE SEASON)
1. Marc Sonnen (2012-13) 91
2. Erik Smith (2001-02) 79
3. Ali Farokhmanesh (2009-10) 77
4. Ali Farokhmanesh (2008-09) 75
5. Cam Johnson (1993-94) 73
6. Nick Nurse (1987-88) 72
7. (2004-05) 71
8. Darian DeVries (1997-98) 69
9. Robbie Sieverding (1998-99) 68
Jason Daisy (1995-96) 68
NO. 3 LONG-RANGE BOMBER IN UNI’S HISTORY
Sonnen ranks No. 3 all-time on UNI’s career 3-point field goal percentage list. Sonnen has drained 41.9 percent of his career three-pointers.
Sonnen trails only Nick Nurse, who shot 46.8 percent (170-363) from 3-point range, during his Panther career from 1986-89, and Cam Johnson (42.3 - 130-of-307).
Nurse is currently the head coach of the Rio Grande Vipers in the NBA’s D-League.
WHAT A SEASON FOR SONNEN
Sonnen’s 44.9 percent shooting from 3-point land currently ranks as the second-best season total in UNI’s history (minimum of 50 made threes).
Only Nick Nurse’s 1987-88 season, when he drained 49.7 (72-of-145) of his 3-point shots, ranks better.
JAMES RANKS NO. 11 ON UNI SCORING LIST
Anthony James ranks No. 11 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list with 1,280 points.
James scored 17 points in UNI’s second-round CIT win over UIC to move past No. 12 Ken Huelman (1967-69 - 1,275 points).
KOCH TO NO. 26 ON UNI SCORING LIST
Senior forward Jake Koch ranks No. 26 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list with 1,092 points heading into Tuesday’s CIT quarterfinal vs. Bradley.
Jake’s older brother, Adam, recorded 1,186 career points to rank No. 18 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list. Jake and Adam are the first set of brothers to score 1,000 points at UNI.
Adam is currently playing for the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA D-League.
11 1,000-POINT PLAYERS SINCE 2001
Jake Koch and Anthony James each joined the 1,000-Point Club at UNI this season. They became the 10th and 11th players to reach that figure since Ben Jacobson joined the UNI coaching staff in 2001.
1,000-Point Scorers Since 2001
(2003-06) 1,787 pts.
Eric Coleman (2005-08) 1,522 pts.
Kwadzo Ahelegbe (2006-11) 1,329 pts.
Anthony James (2008-pres.) 1,280 pts.
Grant Stout (2004-07) 1,232 pts.
Adam Koch (2006-10) 1,186 pts.
David Gruber (2002-04) 1,116 pts.
Jake Koch (2009-pres.) 1,092 pts.
Jordan Eglseder (2006-10) 1,066 pts.
Johnny Moran (2008-12) 1,048 pts.
Chris Foster (2000-05) 1,027 pts.
KOCH JOINS ELITE MVC STATUS
Senior forward Jake Koch is just the second player in the 106-year history of the Missouri Valley Conference to tally 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 made 3-pointers, 100 assists, 100 blocks and 100 steals.
Kyle Weems (Missouri State) is the only other MVC player to accomplish the feat.
Koch has tallied 1,092 points, 667 rebounds, 123 made 3-pointers, 257 assists, 121 blocks and 116 steals.
KOCH-IN UP A STAT LINE
Senior forward Jake Koch is a stat-sheet stuffer supreme - to steal a line from Clark Kellogg.
Koch leads the Panthers in rebounds (224), blocks (42) and free throws made (114). He ranks third on the squad in scoring (10.4 ppg).
SINGLE-SEASON SWATS FOR KOCH
Senior forward Jake Koch has blocked 42 shots this season to rank as the eighth-best single-season mark in Panther history.
BLOCKS (SINGLE SEASON)
1. Grant Stout (2005-06) 80
2. Grant Stout (2004-05) 75
3. Scott Stafford (1983-84) 51
4. Grant Stout (2006-07) 50
5. Jordan Eglseder (2008-09) 44
6. Eric Coleman (2007-08) 43
Jason Sims (1994-95) 43
8. Jake Koch (2012-13) 42
9. Jordan Eglseder (2007-08) 38
10. Ray Storck (1982-83) 36
KOCH DRAINS ‘EM FROM THE LINE
Senior Jake Koch currently ranks No. 7 on the Panthers’ all-time free throw percentage list. Koch has made 333-of-416 career free throws for a mark of 80.0 percent.
Koch also ranks No. 9 on the Panthers’ all-time free throws made chart with 333.
Koch had a streak of 22 straight made free throws snapped vs. Stanford (11/23).
Maurice Newby (1987-91) holds the UNI free throw percentage record at 85.6 percent (149-of-174).
FREE THROWS MADE (CAREER)
1. Bill McCoy (1970-73) 579
2. Jason Reese (1987-90) 504
3. Adam Koch (2006-10) 446
4. Robbie Sieverding (1999-02) 423
5. Randy Kraayenbrink (1983-86) 410
6. Jason Daisy (1993-97) 407
7. Kwadzo Ahelegbe (2006-11) 393
8. Eric Coleman (2005-08) 350
9. Jake Koch (2009-present) 333
10. Ken Huelman (1967-69) 323
500 REBOUNDS, 500 POINTS FOR KOCH
Senior forward Jake Koch recorded his 500th career rebound in UNI’s 82-77 overtime win at George Mason (12/8).
Koch has tallied 1,092 points and 667 rebounds in his Panther career. Koch is one of 23 players all-time at UNI to reach both the 500-point and 500-rebound marks.
Koch is also one of 14 UNI Panthers to tally 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in his career.
Name (Years) Pts./Rbs.
Del Nicklaus (1954-57) 604/611
Ron La Frentz (1957-60) 723/551
Jim Jackson (1959-60) 891/1,097
Pete Spoden (1959-63) 1,239/1,104
Craig Kneppe (1963-66) 1,200/685
Ken Huelman (1966-69) 1,275/818
John Martin (1967-70) 1,027/571
Randy Beilke (1971-73) 729/752
Darrell Timion (1971-73) 722/586
Bill Runchey (1973-76) 830/534
Randy Podhaski (1974-77) 831/510
Ron Lemons (1975-79) 1,476/760
Bill Jones (1978-81) 915/574
Jason Reese (1986-90) 2,033/773
Troy Muilenburg (1987-91) 1,251/599
Joe Breakenridge (1997-01) 956/766
David Gruber (2001-04) 1,116/625
Grant Stout (2003-07) 1,232/920
Eric Coleman (2004-08) 1,522/997
Jordan Eglseder (2006-10) 1,066/656
Adam Koch (2006-10) 1,186/596
Lucas O’Rear (2007-11) 529/517
Jake Koch (2009-present) 1,092/667
AJ IS GETTING HIS SHOTS
Senior guard Anthony James ranks No. 8 on UNI’s all-time field goals attempted list with 1,085.
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS (CAREER)
1. Randy Kraayenbrink (1983-86) 1,644
2. (2003-06) 1,459
3. Jason Reese (1987-90) 1,401
4. Jason Daisy (1993-97) 1,287
5. Ron Lemons (1976-79) 1,213
6. Bill McCoy (1970-74) 1,177
7. Pete Spoden (1960-64) 1,131
8. Anthony James (2008-present) 1,085
9. Howie Pigg (1951-55) 1,071
10. Eric Coleman (2005-08) 1,048
TUTTLE IS OH SO ACCURATE
Sophomore forward Seth Tuttle ranks No. 2 in career field goal percentage at UNI. Tuttle has shot 59.8 percent through 68 career games.
Tuttle is shooting 55.6 percent (129-of-232) this season, after blistering the nets last season at 65.2 percent (118-of-181).
STEPPIN’ UP HIS PLAY
Seth Tuttle has stepped up his play the past four months after a slow start in November.
Tuttle has increased his per game scoring output over the past four months.
Tuttle is averaging 11.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in December-March. He averaged 7.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the month of November.
UNI sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell is having a tremendous season and has the numbers to back it up.
Mitchell has dished out a team-high 116 assists to go against 79 turnovers. As a freshman, Mitchell posted 57 assists against 74 turnovers.
This season, Mitchell is shooting 43.2 percent from the field. As a freshman, he shot only 39.9 percent from the field.
DEON IS DISHIN’
Sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell has handed out 116 assists this season - the most for a Panther since Brooks McKowen was credited with 179 in the 2006-07 season.
THREE 20+ NIGHTS FOR MITCHELL
Sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell leads the squad this season with three 20-plus scoring efforts.
Mitchell scored a career-high 27 points in an overtime win over Toledo (11/14). Mitchell led the Panthers with 23 points against Iowa (12/15) in the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic in Des Moines. Mitchell also scored a team-best 20 points in UNI’s 85-55 win over Drake (1/20).
Mitchell has scored 18 or more points on five occasions this season.
Mitchell leads the Panthers in assists on the season with 116.
UNI’s 20-Plus Scoring Games This Season
Deon Mitchell (3)
Anthony James (2)
Marc Sonnen (2)
Seth Tuttle (2)
Career 20-Plus Point Scoring Games
Anthony James (11)
Jake Koch (4)
Seth Tuttle (4)
Marc Sonnen (3)
Deon Mitchell (3)
YOU CAN CALL IT A COMEBACK
UNI has won 20 games this season with 15 of those involving a come-from-behind effort to do so.
Most of UNI’s come-from-behind work has occurred in the first half. UNI has five second-half rallies for wins this season - Milwaukee, George Mason, Wichita State, Missouri State and Creighton.
UNI overcame a 14-point margin vs. Evansville (Jan. 9) and took a two-point lead in the final minute, 59-57. However the Panthers eventually lost to the Purple Aces, 65-61.
Opponent Biggest Lead Overcome
Toledo Trailed by 5 - 15:18 (1st)
Milwaukee Trailed by 5 - 15:03 (2nd)
at George Mason Trailed by 3 - 16:16 (2nd)
Saint Mary’s Trailed by 5 - 18:06 (1st)
at Illinois State Trailed by 2 - 12:17 (1st)
Drake Trailed by 4 - 11:49 (1st)
Southern Illinois Trailed by 2 - 19:08 (1st)
Wichita State Trailed by 7 - 16:59 (2nd)
Missouri State Trailed by 5 - 7:37 (1st)
at Bradley Trailed by 3 - 18:35 (1st)
Creighton Trailed by 5 - 5:25 (2nd)
at Drake Trailed by 4 - 13:15 (1st)
at Missouri State Trailed by 10 - 11:22 (1st)
Illinois State Trailed by 11 - 14:21 (1st)
UIC Trailed by 3 - 15:36 (1st)
TRENDS TO LOOK FOR
UNI is 18-1 this season when it makes more free throws than its opponent. UNI’s only loss when making more free throws than its opponent came at Indiana State (1/26).
UNI is 10-2 when it out-rebounds the opposition. UNI’s only two loss when it out-rebounded the opposition came against Denver (2/23) and at Southern Illinois (2/27).
UNI is 19-3 when it leads at the half. The Panthers are 0-10 when trailing at the intermission.
UNI’S SCORING TREND
UNI is averaging 73.1 points per game in each of its 20 wins. However, the Panthers are scoring 56.6 points per game in each of its 14 losses.
FOUR STARTING LINEUPS
UNI has used four different starting lineups this season.
UNI STARTING LINEUPS - RECORD
Koch-Tuttle-Sonnen-James-Mitchell - 14-12
Koch-Tuttle-Sonnen-Bohannon-Mitchell - 3-1
Koch-Tuttle-Sonnen-Bohannon-James - 2-0
Koch-Tuttle-Pehl-Sonnen-James - 1-1
UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 427 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in the Valley (Creighton - 645; Illinois State - 432).
The last time UNI failed to make a 3-point basket came Feb. 3, 2000, vs. Southern Illinois in a 72-58 Panther victory in the UNI-Dome. UNI went 0-for-4 from 3-point land vs. the Salukis back in 2000.
WINNING TRADITION AT MCLEOD
UNI has posted an all-time mark of 86-25 (.775) in games played in the McLeod Center. The McLeod Center was finished in November 2006.
UNI is 15-3 at home this season.
UNI posted a perfect mark of 14-0 in home games in the 2009-10 season. UNI set its home win streak of 21 between the 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons.
WEEKLY PRESS LUNCHEONS
UNI head coach Ben Jacobson or a member of his coaching staff will be available at the weekly Press Luncheons held each Monday beginning at noon in the back room of Pepper’s Grill and Sports Pub located on 18th Street in Cedar Falls.
FOLLOW THE PANTHERS ON
FACEBOOK, TWITTER & YOUTUBE
Fans of UNI Athletics on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will have access to updates, score recaps and special announcements.
UNI Athletics on Facebook will give fans the chance to connect with other Panther fans, as well as providing information on upcoming events. Followers on Twitter will be able to access news about the Panthers on their computer or mobile device. Followers on YouTube will be able to access game highlights and press conference footage.