UNI at Bradley
Site: Peoria, Ill.
Venue: Carver Arena
Date: Wed., Jan. 22
Time: 7 p.m. (CT)
Radio: Panther Sports Network
• The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team (10-8, 4-2 MVC) will look to sweep the season series against the Bradley University Braves (7-12, 2-4 MVC) on Wednesday. The Panthers and Braves will tip at 7 p.m. at Carver Arena.
• Fans can watch the action live on UNIPanthers.com as a result of a video share with BradleyBraves.com.
• The Panthers are averaging 72.7 points per game - the highest per game average since the 1993-94 season (75.0 ppg).
• The 94 points scored by UNI vs. Missouri State are the most points scored against an MVC opponent in head coach Ben Jacobson’s tenure at UNI.
• UNI guard Wes Washpun leads the league in field goal percentage in MVC games only at 65.7 percent.
• UNI forward Seth Tuttle needs 16 points to become the 37th member of UNI’s 1,000-Point Scoring Club. Tuttle ranks No. 38 on UNI’s all-time scoring chart with 984 points heading into Wednesday’s game at Bradley.
• Tuttle also leads the MVC in rebounding (7.9 rpg).
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), KFXE (1160 AM, Decorah-Waukon), KVFD (1400 AM, Fort Dodge), KQCR (98.9 FM, Hampton) and KILJ (105.5 FM, Mount Pleasant).
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, beginning in December at 6 p.m., live from The Other Place in Cedar Falls.
Bradley holds a slim edge in the all-time series vs. UNI, 27-24.
UNI has won five consecutive matchups. UNI has also won nine of the last 10 games between the two schools.
The Panthers have won four of the last five meetings against the Braves in Carver Arena.
SETH WAS SOLID THIS PAST WEEK
UNI junior forward Seth Tuttle averaged 22.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 3.5 apg in the Panthers’s two-game stretch at Southern Illinois and at home vs. Missouri State.
Tuttle tied a career-high with 24 points and had nine rebounds at SIU on Tuesday.
Tuttle followed that up with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in a 94-89 win over Missouri State. Tuttle drained 7-of-9 field goals against the Bears.
For the week, Tuttle shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from the field and 81.3 percent (13-of-16) from the foul line.
WASHPUN CONTINUES TO SIZZLE
Sophomore guard Wes Washpun averaged 10.0 ppg, 4.5 apg and 2.5 rpg in helping UNI split a pair of MVC games.
Washpun scored nine points on Tuesday at Southern Illinois. He then scored 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field in a 94-89 win over Missouri State.
For the week, Washpun shot 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the floor and 70.0 percent (7-of-10) at the free throw line.
UNI has enjoyed a double-figure lead in each of its six Missouri Valley Conference games this season. Unfortunately, the Panthers let a pair of those leads slip away and they turned into losses.
UNI’s Double-Digit Leads vs. MVC
36 (78-42) vs. Bradley (1/1/14)
10 (12-2) at Wichita State (1/5/14)
34 (69-35) at Evansville (1/8/14)
11 (74-63) vs. Drake (1/11/14)
17 (36-19) at Southern Illinois (1/14/14)
13 (39-26) vs. Missouri State (1/18/14)
TOP SHOOTER IN MVC GAMES
UNI sophomore guard Wes Washpun found his shooting touch at the start of Missouri Valley Conference play and has not cooled off.
Washpun leads the league in field goal percentage (65.7 percent) in MVC games only. Washpun has drained 23-of-35 field goals and is 5-of-7 from 3-point range in MVC action.
Washpun is averaging 11.7 points and 4.7 assists per game in MVC play.
THE BUSS START
Junior forward Nate Buss started his first collegiate game against Missouri State and posted a career-high 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor.
Buss also drained 5-of-6 from 3-point land in the Panthers’s 94-89 win over the Bears.
Buss ranks third on the team in scoring on the season at 11.0 points per game.
UNI scored 94 points in Saturday’s 94-89 win over Missouri State.
It marked the most points scored against an MVC opponent in head coach Ben Jacobson’s tenure at UNI.
The last time UNI scored 90 or more points in a league game came on Jan. 21, 2006, when the Panthers posted a 91-72 win over the Drake Bulldogs.
It is tied for the third-most points scored by a UNI team in an MVC game - UNI scored 102 points vs. Drake on Feb. 12, 1994, and 96 points against Drake on Feb. 15, 1992. UNI also scored 94 points in a 97-94 loss to Southern Illinois on Feb. 23, 1994.
The 1988-89 UNI Panthers scored 90 or more points on 10 occasions.
Most 90-Plus Scoring Games (Season)
10 - 1988-89
9 - 1989-90
6 - 1987-88
4 - 1995-96
4 - 1993-94
4 - 1986-87
3 - 2013-14
PANTHERS PUSHING TEMPO, SCORING
This year’s UNI Panther men’s basketball team is scoring at its highest pace in the past 20 years.
UNI is scoring 72.7 points per game and the Panthers have not averaged a number that high since the 1993-94 season when they averaged 75.0 points per game.
UNI Scoring Avg. Under Coach Jacobson
Year PPG Season Record
2013-14 72.7 10-8
2012-13 66.7 21-15
2011-12 65.2 20-14
2010-11 63.7 20-14
2009-10 63.3 30-5
2008-09 67.4 23-11
2007-08 62.4 18-14
2006-07 65.8 18-13
UNI’s Highest Scoring Avg Since DI
Year PPG Season Record
1988-89 85.1 19-9
1989-90 77.9 23-9
1987-88 77.6 10-18
1995-96 77.2 14-13
1993-94 75.0 16-13
2013-14 72.7 10-8
1986-87 72.4 13-15
1996-97 71.3 16-12
2001-02 70.9 14-15
MVC SWEEPS UNDER COACH JAKE
UNI has swept an MVC opponent 23 times since the start of the 2006-07 season.
UNI has swept Bradley on four occasions. UNI scored an 80-46 win over Bradley on Jan. 1 in the McLeod Center.
MVC Season Sweeps Under Coach Jacobson
Bradley (4) - 06-07, 08-09, 10-11, 12-13
Creighton (1) - 09-10
Drake (3) - 09-10, 11-12, 12-13
Evansville (3) - 06-07, 07-08, 08-09
Illinois State (4) - 08-09, 09-10, 10-11, 12-13
Indiana State (1) - 09-10
Missouri State (2) - 08-09, 09-10, 12-13
Southern Illinois (3) - 08-09, 09-10, 11-12
Wichita State (1) - 07-08
IT’S A MATTER OF WINS, LOSSES
In UNI’s 10 wins, the Panthers are scoring 79.3 ppg and giving up 63.3 ppg. UNI is shooting 50.7 percent in its wins, including 40.9 percent from 3-point land.
In UNI’s eight losses, the Panthers are scoring 64.5 ppg and giving up 74.6 ppg. UNI is shooting 39.5 percent in its losses, including 25.8 percent from 3-point land.
UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 447 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.
PICK YOUR POISON
UNI has played a third of the Missouri Valley Conference schedule and is 4-2 with a balanced offensive attack.
In MVC games only, UNI has five players averaging 9.5 points per game or more.
Seth Tuttle leads the way at 16.2 ppg. Matt Bohannon is averaging 12.5 ppg. Wes Washpun is scoring 11.7 ppg, while Deon Mitchell is averaging 11.0 ppg. Nate Buss is scoring 9.5 ppg in MVC action.
UNI’S ALL-TIME WINS LEADER
UNI head coach Ben Jacobson is zeroing in on becoming the Panthers’s all-time coaching wins leader. Jacobson has posted a mark of 160-94 in his eighth season at the helm of the program.
He trails only O.M. “Hon” Nordly (166-127; 1938-43, 1946-54) and Eldon Miller (164-178; 1987-98) on the all-time wins chart at UNI.
COACH JAKE TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has taken full advantage of the four schools representing the state of Illinois in the Missouri Valley Conference in his eight seasons as the Panthers’ coach.
He has an overall mark of 39-16 vs. Southern Illinois, Illinois State, Bradley and Loyola. His 15 wins over Bradley are the most vs. any Valley opponent he has faced.
Coach Jake is 23-1 all-time in the McLeod Center against Southern Illinois (7-0), Illinois State (7-0), Bradley (8-1) and Loyola (1-1).
Jake Overall vs. MVC’s Illinois Schools
Illinois State 12-6
Southern Illinois 11-5
TUTTLE TRACKING 1,000-POINT CLUB
Junior forward Seth Tuttle needs 16 points to become the 37th member of UNI’s 1,000-Point Club.
Tuttle ranks No. 38 on UNI’s all-time scoring chart with 984 points heading into Wednesday’s game at Bradley.
Tuttle can become the 17th Panther to reach 1,000 points in three seasons or fewer.
UNI’s 1,000-Point Scorers in 3 Seasons or Fewer
Player (Years at UNI) Career Pts.
Jason Reese (1986-90) 2,033 pts.
Randy Kraayenbrink (1982-86) 2,004 pts.
Ben Jacobson (2002-06) 1,787 pts.
Jason Daisy (1992-97) 1,721 pts.
Bill McCoy (1969-73) 1,713 pts.
Eric Coleman (2004-08) 1,522 pts.
Ron Lemons (1975-79) 1,478 pts.
Ken Huelman (1966-69) 1,275 pts.
Craig Kneppe (1963-66) 1,200 pts.
Randy Blocker (1992-94) 1,154 pts.
David Gruber (2001-04) 1,116 pts.
Norm Jesperson (1946-49) 1,099 pts.
Jerry Holbrook (1959-62) 1,045 pts.
Howie Pigg (1950-55) 1,041 pts.
John Martin (1967-70) 1,027 pts.
Jerry Waugh (1965-68) 1,019 pts.
1,000-POINT PLAYERS SINCE 2001
Seth Tuttle would become the 12th 1,000-point scorer at UNI since the start of the 2001-02 season - the first season that Ben Jacobson joined the coaching staff as an assistant. Jacobson took over the head job in 2006-07.
1,000-Point Scorers Since 2001
Ben Jacobson (2003-06) 1,787 pts.
Eric Coleman (2005-08) 1,522 pts.
Kwadzo Ahelegbe (2006-11) 1,329 pts.
Anthony James (2008-2013) 1,305 pts.
Grant Stout (2004-07) 1,232 pts.
Adam Koch (2006-10) 1,186 pts.
David Gruber (2002-04) 1,116 pts.
Jake Koch (2009-2013) 1,113 pts.
Jordan Eglseder (2006-10) 1,066 pts.
Johnny Moran (2008-12) 1,048 pts.
Chris Foster (2000-05) 1,027 pts.
TUTTLE TIES CAREER-HIGH AT SIU
Junior forward Seth Tuttle tied his career-high in scoring with 24 points at Southern Illinois (1/14). Tuttle also added 21 points in a 94-89 win over Southern Illinois (1/18).
It marks the eighth time in Tuttle’s career that he has scored 20 or more points in a game – and the fifth time this season he has accomplished the feat.
Active Career 20-Plus Point Scoring Games
Seth Tuttle (8)
Deon Mitchell (5)
Nate Buss (3)
Matt Bohannon (1)
TOPS IN THE MVC IN REBOUNDING
UNI junior forward Seth Tuttle leads the Missouri Valley Conference in rebounding (7.9 rpg).
Tuttle is also the MVC’s active career leader in total rebounds with 571 rebounds.
RANK LOOKS TO JOIN TOP OF GAMES PLAYED LIST
Senior forward Chip Rank has played in 122 games for the Panthers and has drawn 15 starting assignments.
Rank is the MVC’s active career leader in games played.
If Rank stays healthy and plays in each of UNI’s games this season, he will finish among the top five in all-time games played at UNI.
RANK MAKES FEW MISTAKES
Senior forward Chip Rank is on track to graduate this spring with a degree in economics and a solid cumulative grade point average of 3.82.
Rank is not making many mistakes on the basketball floor either as he has turned the ball over only five times this season in 392 minutes of action.
Rank has the fewest turnovers of any MVC player that has played at least 200 minutes this season.
TUTTLE RANKS 9TH IN BLOCKS AT UNI
UNI junior forward Seth Tuttle ranks No. 9 on the Panthers’s all-time blocked shots list with 61 career swats.
UNI CAREER BLOCKED SHOTS
1. Grant Stout (2004-07) 222
2. Jake Koch (2009-13) 123
3. Jordan Eglseder (2006-2010) 120
4. Sean Hawkins (1995-980 118
5. Eric Coleman (2004-08) 115
6. Jason Sims (1993-96) 90
7. Scott Stafford (1984-85) 85
8. Steve Phyfe (1988-90) 66
9. Seth Tuttle (2011-present) 61
10. Herb King (1981-84) 60
UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has used four different starting lineups this season with Seth Tuttle, Matt Bohannon and Deon Mitchell the only players to have started all 18 games.
Junior Nate Buss made his first collegiate start in UNI’s 94-89 win over Missouri State (1/18).
Freshman Jeremy Morgan made his first collegiate start at Milwaukee (12/3), while sophomore Wes Washpun came off the bench for the first time this season.
Senior Chip Rank was inserted into the starting lineup for the Paradise Jam after coming off the bench in the first three games this season.
UNI Starting Lineups for 2013-14 Season
Mitchell-Bohannon-Washpun-Tuttle-Rank (13 games)
Mitchell-Bohannon-Washpun-Tuttle-Friedman (3 games)
Mitchell-Bohannon-Washpun-Tuttle-Buss (1 game)
Mitchell-Bohannon-Morgan-Tuttle-Rank (1 game)
BO KNOWS THE 3-BALL
Sophomore guard Matt Bohannon has been hot from 3-point territory of late by burying 21 of his last 42 3-pointers (50.0 percent).
Bohannon made 3-of-4 3-pointers and 4-of-5 shots from the field in UNI’s 94-89 win over Missouri State (1/18).
Bohannon drilled 4-of-8 triples against Southern Illinois (1/14) as he tallied 12 points vs. the Salukis.
Bohannon led the Panthers with 17 points as he drained five 3-pointers in an 80-53 win at Evansville (1/8).
Bohannon knocked in three more 3-pointers against the Drake Bulldogs (1/11), including the go-ahead triple with 3:41 left in the second half to give UNI a 63-61 advantage. Bohannon scored 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting against Drake.
Bohannon is averaging 12.5 points per game over his last six contests.
WASHPUN NAMED MVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore guard Wes Washpun was named the MVC Newcomer of the Week after he made 11-of-14 field goals (78.6 percent) and averaged 14.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.5 apg in leading UNI to a pair of MVC wins over Evansville and Drake.
Washpun scored 12 points and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor in guiding UNI to an 80-53 win road win at Evansville on Wednesday. Washpun dished out five assists against the Purple Aces.
Washpun followed that effort up with a 17-point, 7-rebound performance against Drake. Washpun made 7-of-10 shots from the field and handed our four assists in the 76-66 triumph over the Bulldogs.
WES IS MAKING MORE AND MORE
Wes Washpun is averaging 10.8 ppg and is shooting 60.0 percent (33-of-55), including 6-of-10 3-pointers, over his last nine games.
Washpun has made three consecutive 3-pointers heading into Tuesday’s game at Bradley.
UNI has posted a Missouri Valley Conference-best ranking of No. 26 in the nation with its non-conference strength of schedule, according to the latest edition of The RPI Report (Jan. 20).
Overall in the RPI, the Panthers are ranked No. 71 in the RPI Report – the third-highest MVC school behind Wichita State (9) and Indiana State (52).
Non-Conference SOS – thru Jan. 19
School (RPI) NC SOS Rank
UNI (71) 26
Wichita State (9) 76
Illinois State (105) 152
Drake (163) 196
Bradley (238) 214
Missouri State (78) 200
Evansville (217) 230
Indiana State (52) 235
Southern Ill. (282) 259
Loyola (301) 327
PANTHERS SIGN WYATT LOHAUS IN EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
University of Northern Iowa head men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson announced the signing of Wyatt Lohaus (North Liberty, Iowa/Iowa City West HS) to a National Letter-of-Intent to play for the Panthers.
“Our program is thrilled to add Wyatt,” Jacobson said. “He has proven himself to be a tremendous leader and teammate. Wyatt’s work ethic and competitiveness are terrific and have allowed him to improve his game every year. He comes from a quality high school program that has had great success. All of these things make Wyatt a perfect fit.”
Lohaus (6’2”, 185 lbs., Guard) has helped lead Iowa City West High School to two consecutive Class 4A state championships and back-to-back undefeated seasons (52-0). Lohaus earned a spot on the 2013 state tournament all-tournament squad. Lohaus was a first-team all-state pick as a junior and was a second-team all-state pick as a sophomore. Lohaus is a two-time first-team all-conference honoree.
Lohaus has scored 763 career points heading into his senior season. He scored 103 points as a freshman, 305 points as a sophomore and 355 points as a junior. He shot 51.8 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from the 3-point arc as a junior. Lohaus averaged 13.7 points, 5.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game last season.
He is the son of Anne Lohaus and Brad Lohaus.
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 MBB IN TOP-10 PERCENT OF APR
The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s cross country and women’s volleyball teams have been recognized by the NCAA for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores – the most for a single school in the Missouri Valley Conference. These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
The UNI men’s basketball program is the only Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball school to be listed in the top 10 percent of the APR.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance.
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.