Men's Basketball
MBB Opens Regular Season Saturday at Ohio
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Sunday 11/05/2013

UNI at Ohio
Site: Athens, Ohio
Venue: Convocation Center
Date: Sat., Nov. 9
Time: 1 pm (CT)
TV: None
Radio: Panther Sports Network
Live Stats: GameTracker

Coe at UNI
Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: McLeod Center
Date: Mon., Nov. 11
Time: 7 pm
TV: None
Radio: Panther Sports Network
Live Stats:
Tickets: Call 319-273-4849

The UNI-Ohio game will be broadcast live on KWLO 1330-AM with Eric Braley (play-by-play) and Kevin Boyle (analyst) on the call. Gary Rima (play-by-play) will call the action Monday vs. Coe on the flagship station KXEL 1540-AM.

Affiliates include KGYM (1600 AM, Cedar Rapids), KCHA (95.9 FM and 1580 AM, Charles City), 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).

• The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team will begin its 2013-14 season on the road against the Ohio University Bobcats this Saturday at 1 p.m. (CT) at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio.

• UNI and Ohio have met only once previously - Dec. 20, 2011 - when the Bobcats posted a 76-59 win over the Panthers in the McLeod Center.

• The Panthers tuned up for the 2013-14 season by winning a pair of exhibition contests over Bemidji State (71-48) and Dubuque (85-66).

• Preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference pick Seth Tuttle led the Panthers in the two exhibition victories as he averaged 21.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Tuttle shot 76.2 percent from the floor in the two games. He also shot 80.0 percent from the foul line.

• UNI has posted a mark of 6-1 in season openers under the direction of head coach Ben Jacobson. In fact, UNI has won 10 of its last 11 season openers.

• Following its trip to Ohio University, UNI will return home and play Coe College on Mon., Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in the McLeod Center.

• The Panthers have been pegged to finish third in the MVC Preseason Poll. Wichita State was a unanimous pick to win the league with 40 first-place votes. Indiana State came in second with 352 points in the poll. UNI tallied 318 points for its third-place showing.

The UNI men’s basketball team has won 10 of its last 11 season openers and is 6-1 under head coach Ben Jacobson.
    UNI has tallied road season-opening wins at Denver in the 2009-10 season and at Old Dominion in the 2011-12 season.

UNI in Season Openers Since 2002-03
W, 77-71 at Montana (2002-03)
W, 83-59 Chicago State (2003-04)
W, 84-66 Wayne State (2004-05)
W, 68-46 vs. Western Carolina (2005-06)
W, 68-63 vs. Nicholls State (2006-07)
W, 75-45 Northern Illinois (2007-08)
W, 61-56 Denver (2008-09)
W, 71-65 at Denver (2009-10)
L, 68-46 at Syracuse (2010-11)
W, 63-46 at Old Dominion (2011-12)
W, 103-50 Wartburg (2012-13)

The Ohio Bobcats have reached postseason play in each of the past four seasons, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
    Ohio won a pair of games in the 2012 NCAA Tournament before falling in overtime to North Carolina in the Sweet 16.
    The Bobcats also reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2010.
    Ohio took part in the 2013 NIT and the 2011 Tournament.
    Ohio is averaging 23.5 wins per season over the last four seasons. Ohio posted a 29-8 mark in the 2011-12 season - setting its school record for wins in a single season.

UNI will play four true road non-conference games prior to Jan. 1 for only the third time in head coach Ben Jacobson’s tenure with the Panthers.
    The Panthers will travel to Ohio (Nov. 9), George Mason (Nov. 16), Milwaukee (Dec. 3) and Virginia (Dec. 21) prior to Jan. 1.
    The two previous times the Panthers have played four true non-conference road games before Jan. 1 in the Jacobson era occurred in the 2006-07 season (Washington, Bucknell, Iowa, Loyola) and in the 2010-11 season (Syracuse, Milwaukee, TCU, Iowa).

Three of UNI’s opponents were ranked in the USA Today Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 poll. VCU came in at No. 15, Wichita State at No. 16 and Virginia at No. 25.

UNI is one of 11 NCAA Division I teams to have won a postseason game in each of the last four seasons.
    Joining UNI on the list is Butler, BYU, Creighton, Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State, Purdue, Syracuse and VCU.

UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 429 straight games – the longest active streak in the Missouri Valley Conference.
    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.

UNI has won its last 12 home openers dating back to the start of 2000-01 season. UNI’s home opener is slated for Mon., Nov. 11, against Coe College.
    UNI notched an 84-45 home-opening win over Coe to begin the 2010-11 season.

UNI assistant coach P.J. Hogan was a teammate of Coe head coach Bryan Martin at Morningside College in the late 90s.
    Coe’s roster features Cedar Falls product Andrew Wirth. Wirth is a 2010 graduate of Cedar Falls HS.

UNI has posted an all-time mark of 87-26 (.770) in games played in the McLeod Center. The McLeod Center was finished in November 2006.
    UNI posted a school-record best 16 home wins in the 2012-13 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.

UNI set its single-season home wins record with the Panthers’ win over North Dakota in the first round of the CIT in the 2012-13 season.
    UNI went 16-4 at home in 2012-13 and that bested the mark of 14 home wins set in the 2009-10 season and 1988-89 season. UNI went 14-0 at home in the McLeod Center in 2009-10, while going 14-1 at home in the UNI-Dome in the 1988-89 season.

UNI is a perfect 16-0 during the month of November in the McLeod Center. UNI’s only home game during the month of November this year comes Mon., Nov. 11, against Coe College.

UNI junior forward Seth Tuttle has been named to the Preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference squad.
    Tuttle averaged 11.4 points per game last season. He enters the 2013-14 season third among active MVC players in career scoring (735 pts.) and career rebounding (428 rbs.).

Fresh off a 30-win campaign and a trip to the NCAA Final Four, Wichita State has been picked to win the 2013-14 Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball crown. The Shockers received all 40 first-place tallies, marking just the second time in the past 25 years an MVC team was a unanimous choice to win the league.
    Ben Jacobson’s UNI Panthers bring back two starters and a host of letterwinners for 2013-14 and appear to be one of the early frontrunners to contend for the MVC title. The fashion in which the 2012-13 season ended gives the Panthers great cause for hope going forward, as they
reached the semifinals of the CIT and completed their fifth-straight 20-win season.
    Juniors Seth Tuttle and Deon Mitchell will lead the way as UNI aims to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010.

MVC Preseason Poll
School (First-Place Votes) Total
1.    Wichita State (40)     400
2.     Indiana State     352
3.     UNI     318
4.     Missouri State     258
5.     Bradley     244
6.     Evansville     186
7.     Illinois State     139
8.     Southern Illinois     123
9.     Loyola     95
10.     Drake     85
Poll determined by panel of league sports information directors, media, and coaches.

UNI has won 20 or more games in five consecutive seasons - the longest active streak in the Missouri Valley Conference.
    UNI is one of 27 teams in the nation to have won 20 or more games in five consecutive seasons. The 27 teams include: Akron, Butler, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Marquette, Memphis, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, UNI, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Saint Mary’s, San Diego State, Syracuse, Temple, UNLV, Utah State, Vermont, VCU and Wisconsin.
    UNI has tallied a total of 10 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.

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 - 21-15

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 - 21-15

UNI made its fifth straight postseason appearance this season, 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.

For the third straight season, UNI set the single-season 3-point field goals record with 267 made 3-pointers in the 2011-12 season.

UNI set its single-season 3-pointers made record for the fourth consecutive year last season. The Panthers made 280 3-pointers in the 2012-13 season.
    The previous best of 267 was set in the 2011-12 season.
    UNI’s 280 made 3-pointers ranks as tied for the 11th-best single-season in Missouri Valley Conference history - but only the second-best figure in the 2012-13 in the league. Creighton made 307 3-pointers last year.

1.    280 (2012-13)
2.    267 (2011-12)
3.    250 (2010-11)
4.    233 (2009-10)
5.    226 (2004-05)
6.    223 (2003-04)
7.    219 (2005-06)
8.    217 (2001-02)
    217 (2008-09)
10.    216 (2002-03)

1.    349 - Bradley (2006-07)
2.    346 - Bradley (2007-08)
3.    310 - Drake (2007-08)
4.    307 - Creighton (2012-13)
5.    297 - Illinois State (2008-09)
    297 - Illinois State (2011-12)
7.    293 - Creighton (2004-05)
8.    289 - Creighton (1999-2000)
9.    287 - Creighton (2011-12)
10.    284 - Drake (2009-10)
11.    280 - Creighton (2010-11)
    280 - UNI (2012-13)

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).

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.

The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team will feature a 15-game home schedule for the 2013-14 season, including a national ESPNU broadcast vs. VCU on Dec. 14.
    UNI will host a pair of exhibition contests on Oct. 25 vs. Bemidji State and Nov. 1 vs. Dubuque.
    To open the regular season, the Panthers will travel to Athens, Ohio, to take on the Ohio Bobcats on Nov. 9.
    UNI will take on Coe College in the McLeod Center on Nov. 11 to open the home portion of the regular season docket.
    The Panthers will hit the road for their next six games. The road trip will embark with a game at George Mason on Nov. 16. Last season, UNI posted an 82-77 overtime win at George Mason. The victory snapped GMU’s 14-game home-court winning streak, which was the ninth-best active streak at the time.
    The Panthers will then travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands to take part in the 2013 Paradise Jam. UNI will matchup against Loyola Marymount in the first round game on Nov. 22. UNI will then take on either Marist or Maryland in its second-round game. The other four teams competing in the Paradise Jam are Providence, Vanderbilt, Morgan State and LaSalle.
    UNI will return to the mainland for a road game at Milwaukee on Dec. 3. The UNI-Milwaukee matchup will conclude a four-year contract between the two schools that featured a pair of home games for each team.
    The Panthers will meet up with Iowa State on Dec. 7 in the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
    UNI will play host to Savannah State on Dec. 10 in the McLeod Center. UNI and Savannah State have never met in men’s basketball.
    Dec. 14 features the ESPNU contest between the VCU Rams and Panthers. That game will feature two of the 11 programs in the nation that have won a postseason game in each of the last four seasons (Butler, BYU, Creighton, Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina, Northern Iowa, Ohio State, Purdue, Syracuse and VCU).
    The Panthers will travel to Charlottesville, Va., to square off against the Virginia Cavaliers on Dec. 21.
    UNI will wrap up its non-conference play on Dec. 28 when the Panthers host the Iona Gaels in the McLeod Center.

UNI will make at least 20 appearances on television this season, including 12  national TV slots.
    Last season, UNI had 23 television appearances, including 16 national TV spots.

The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team will make at least seven appearances on ESPN’s family of networks as announced by the Missouri Valley Conference office.
    VCU at UNI on Dec. 14, will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 11 a.m.
    UNI will make its first of three appearances on ESPN3 when the Panthers travel to Charlottesvile, Va., to take on the Virginia Cavaliers on Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.
    Both matchups this year against Missouri State will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The first matchup in the McLeod Center between UNI and Missouri State will be on Jan. 18 at Noon. The second matchup at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo., will take place Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.
    The Panthers will be featured in back-to-back games on ESPN3 on Jan. 29 vs. Evansville and Feb. 1 vs. Indiana State. Both games will be in the McLeod Center.
    UNI will host the Wichita State Shockers on Feb. 8 in a game that will be shown nationally on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
“Through its various platforms, ESPN provides us with an essential national promotional vehicle,” MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin said. “Our institutions recognized the importance of ESPNU and ESPN3 in the formative days of both outlets, and as a result, ESPN has rewarded the league with heightened exposure.”

The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball program will make at least four appearances on the Missouri Valley Conference’s in-house television package.
    The Valley, with Niles Media Group of Kansas City serving as its production company, has worked in conjunction with FOX Sports Midwest -- along with its sister regional cable outlets FOX Sports Indiana and FOX Sports Kansas City -- and Comcast SportsNet Chicago to clear all basketball and Olympic sport telecasts.
    “Our television network has made great strides since we made the decision to bring its operation in-house, beginning with the 1993-94 academic year,” MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin said.
 “From modest beginnings, we now produce all of our network men’s and women’s basketball contests in high definition, televise all nine games from the men’s basketball tournament and continue to air the title contests from six additional championships, including our women’s basketball tournament,” said Elgin.
    The Panthers will open league play with an MVC-TV broadcast of the Bradley at UNI game on Jan. 1 in the McLeod Center.
    The Panthers next game at Wichita State on Jan. 5 will also be shown on MVC-TV from Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan.
    UNI will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, on Feb. 19 to take on the Drake Bulldogs for an MVC-TV broadcast.
    Illinois State at UNI will be the fourth scheduled MVC-TV game the Panthers will take part in during the 2013-14 season. The Redbirds and Panthers will tip at 4 p.m. in the McLeod Center on Feb. 23.
    “Very few NCAA Division I athletic leagues have a relationship with a regional cable partner like the Missouri Valley Conference has with FOX Sports Midwest and Senior Vice President/General Manager Jack Donovan,” said Jack R. Watkins, MVC Associate Commissioner.
    “Extending The Valley brand nationally as well as regionally allows the league to maximize exposure and tell the 107-year story that is the Missouri Valley Conference,” Watkins said.

University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson, along with his staff and current Panther basketball players, invite you to have fun while learning the basketball fundamentals of shooting, passing and ball-handling as a member of the Panther Pals.
    Boys and girls in grades 1-6 are eligible to join the Panther Pals for a total cost of $40. The camp is set for Sun., Nov. 17, from 3-6 p.m. in the UNI-Dome.
    To register for the camp log on to
    As a member of the Panther Pals, individuals will receive:
    Free admission to seven UNI MBB home games listed: Oct. 25 vs. Bemidji State, Nov. 1 vs. Dubuque, Nov. 11 vs. Coe, Dec. 10 vs. Savannah State, Dec. 28 vs. Iona, Jan. 1 vs. Bradley and Jan. 11 vs. Drake.

* - Panther Pals t-shirt and Panther basketball

* - Autograph and photo session (bring your own camera)

* - Subway Party

* - Chance to meet your favorite Panther players

* - Half-time performance at UNI’s game vs. Savannah State on Tues., Dec. 10. The tip is set for 7 p.m.

For questions, contact Johnny Moran at 319-273-3865 or via email at

Full-season ticket packages are available to see the Panther men’s basketball team in action at the McLeod Center. A total of 15 home games are on tap in 2013-2014.
     Contact UNITix at 319-273-4849 for more information.

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.

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.




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