Game #26: UNI at Wichita State
Wed., Feb. 8 - 7 p.m. (Central)
Koch Arena - Wichita, Kan.
TV: MVC TV
Radio: Panther Sports Network
The University of Northern Iowa Panthers (16-9, 6-7 MVC) men’s basketball team will hit the road for a trip to Wichita, Kan., to take on the Wichita State Shockers (20-4, 11-2 MVC) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Koch Arena.
• UNI is 12-0 this season when holding the opposition to 62 points or less. UNI held both opponents this past week to 62 points or less in scoring two wins over Southern Illinois (58-49) and Creighton (65-62).
• UNI leads the all-time series vs. Wichita State, 24-20.
• UNI has won five of the last seven matchups in Koch Arena. UNI has also won 10 of the last 15 matchups vs. Wichita State.
• The Shockers won the teams’ first encounter this year in the McLeod Center, 71-68 (Jan. 18).
• UNI ranks No. 6 in the nation in turnovers per game (10.5).
• UNI committed only two turnovers in Saturday’s 65-62 win over Creighton and both occurred in the first half. UNI played the final 20 minutes against the Bluejays and did not committ a single turnover.
• UNI junior guard Anthony James buried the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to give UNI a 65-62 win over No. 13-ranked Creighton in the McLeod Center. James scored a team-high 16 points, including 14 in the second half. James scored nine points in the final 2:07 to push the Panthers to the victory.
• UNI freshmen Deon Mitchell and Seth Tuttle played key roles in the Panthers’ win over Creighton. Mitchell scored 12 points, his second straight double-figure scoring effort. Tuttle posted 13 points and added nine rebounds.
• Tuttle leads the MVC in field goal percentage at 65.9 percent and was named the MVC Newcomer of the Week for his play vs. SIU and Creighton.
• Over his last six games, Tuttle has taken charge and leads the Panthers in scoring at 13.5 points per game. In his last six games, Tuttle is shooting 72.5 percent from the field (29-of-40) and has grabbed a team-high 28 rebounds (4.7 rpg).
• UNI senior guard Johnny Moran enters Wednesday’s game at Wichita State needing 33 points to become the 34th UNI Panther to join the 1,000 Point Club. Moran ranks No. 35 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list with 967 points.
• UNI will play the VCU Rams on Fri., Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. (ET) in Richmond, Va., in the 2012 SEARS BracketBusters matchup on ESPN2.
• UNI returns eight letterwinners and three starters from last year’s Panther squad that posted a mark of 20-14.
• UNI’s streak of three consecutive 20-win seasons is the longest active streak in the Missouri Valley Conference.
• Head coach Ben Jacobson is in his sixth season at the helm of the Panther program having posted a career mark of 125-66.
• Jacobson ranks No. 4 on the Panthers’ all-time wins list trailing only O.M. “Hon” Nordly (166), Eldon Miller (164) and Jim Berry (144).
SCOUTING WICHITA STATE
Wichita State is tied for first place in the MVC standings with Creighton as both squads are 11-2 in league play ... WSU’s only two league losses came at home to Creighton (68-61) on Dec. 31 and at Drake (93-86, 3OT) on Jan. 28 ... the Shockers are led in scoring by Garrett Stutz (14.5 ppg), Joe Ragland (12.5 ppg) and Toure’ Murry (12.4 ppg) ... the Shockers are averaging 77.8 ppg and giving up only 63.1 ppg.
Starting with the team’s game Nov. 15 at Saint Mary’s, 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.
UNI PANTHERS INSIDE ACCESS
All of UNI’s home men’s basketball games can be viewed and listened to on the World Wide Web by going to www.unipanthers.com. UNI has partnered with NeuLion to provide live video and audio streaming of Panther basketball via “UNI Panthers Inside Access”. In addition to video from most home men’s basketball contests, and audio from home and road contests, this subscription-based service also provides video and audio of a number of other UNI sports. In addition, all Panther home men’s basketball games have free live stats courtesy of StatBroadcast.com.
TV INFO FOR WEDNESDAY’S UNI-WICHITA STATE GAME
Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Rich Zvosec (analyst) will call the contest from Wichita State’s Koch Arena with a tip set for just after 7 p.m.
The telecast will be cleared live on Cedar Falls Utilities Ch. 13, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana Plus and FOX Sports Kansas City (combined 5.9 million homes), FOX College Sports (56 million digital homes), KSMO-TV in Kansas City, Comcast SportsNet Chicago (4.759 million homes), ESPN3 (outside the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska), DirecTV (Channel 671), Dish Network (Channel 418) and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 748).
Due to the Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks game on FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Indiana Plus will clear the telecast in Evansville (Insight Channel 2 and WOW Channel 7), Fort Wayne (Comcast Channel 9), Indianapolis (Bright House Channel 81 and Comcast Channel 81), Newburgh (Time-Warner Channel 23) and Terre Haute (Time-Warner Channel 13).
SERIES HISTORY VS. WICHITA STATE
UNI leads the all-time series vs. Wichita State, 24-20.
UNI has won five of the last seven matchups in Koch Arena. UNI has also won 10 of the last 15 matchups vs. Wichita State.
The Shockers won the teams’ first encounter this year in the McLeod Center, 71-68 (Jan. 18).
UNI head coach Ben Jacobson is 7-5 all-time vs. Wichita State.
RARE REGULAR SEASON SWEEPS INVOLVING SHOCKERS-PANTHERS
Wichita State will be looking to sweep the regular season series vs. UNI for only the second time in 20 home-and-home matchups.
Wichita State won both games in the 1997-98 season, while UNI has swept the regular season series vs. the Shockers on four occasions (1998-99, 1999-2000, 2005-06, 2007-08).
UNI and Wichita State have split the regular season series 14 times.
BIG GAME JAMES - ANTHONY THAT IS
UNI junior guard Anthony James buried the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to give UNI a 65-62 win over No. 13-ranked Creighton in the McLeod Center.
James scored a team-high 16 points, including 14 in the second half. James scored nine points in the final 2:07 to push the Panthers to the victory.
James hit a jumper with 2:07 left to give UNI a 55-52 lead. James then knocked down a three-pointer from the left corner with 23.5 seconds left to give UNI a 61-56 lead. James hit a free throw with 12.4 seconds left before Creighton tied the game at 62-62, setting the stage for his game-winning buzzer-beater.
FRESHMEN STEP UP
UNI freshmen Deon Mitchell and Seth Tuttle played key roles in the Panthers’ win over Creighton. Mitchell scored 12 points, his second straight double-figure scoring effort. Tuttle scored 13 points and added a team-high nine rebounds in the victory over the Jays.
DEFENSIVE PROWESS VS. CREIGHTON
Creighton came into Saturday’s game in the McLeod Center averaging 81.8 points per game, however for the second team this season UNI limited Creighton to its lowest scoring total of the year. UNI held Creighton to 63 points on Jan. 10 and then did that one better by holding them to a season-low 62 points on Saturday.
UNI committed only two turnovers in Saturday’s 65-62 win over Creighton and both occurred in the first half. UNI played the final 20 minutes against the Bluejays and did not committ a single turnover.
UNI ranks No. 6 in the nation in turnovers per game (10.5).
62 OR LESS
UNI is 12-0 this season when holding the opposition to 62 points or less. UNI is only 4-9 when allowing 63 points or more. UNI held both opponents this past week to less than 62 points in scoring two wins over Southern Illinois (58-49) and Creighton (65-62).
UNI AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS SINCE 2001-02
UNI is now 7-2 vs. ranked opponents at home since the 2001-02 season after posting a 65-62 win over No. 13-ranked Creighton on Saturday.
Prior to Saturday, UNI’s last win over a ranked opponent came in a 69-67 victory over No. 1-ranked Kansas in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Overall, UNI is 9-11 vs. ranked opponents since head coach Ben Jacobson joined the UNI coaching staff in 2001-02.
UNI vs. Ranked Opponents (since 2001-02)
#13 Creighton W, 65-62 (H) - 2011-12
#23 Creighton L, 63-60 (A) - 2011-12
#10 Syracuse L, 68-46 (A) - 2010-11
#13 Michigan State L, 59-52 (N) - 2009-10
#1 Kansas W, 69-67 (N) - 2009-10
#15 Marquette L, 73-43 (N) - 2008-09
#14 Drake L, 65-55 (H) - 2007-08
#22 Drake L, 58-54 (A) - 2007-08
#11 Nevada L, 79-64 (A) - 2006-07
#16 Wichita State W, 63-59 (A) - 2006-07
#17 Washington L, 70-61 (A) - 2006-07
#23 Georgetown L, 54-49 (N) - 2005-06
#24 Bucknell W, 65-61 (H) - 2005-06
#12 Iowa W, 67-63 (H) - 2005-06
#17 Iowa L, 76-73 (A) - 2004-05
#15 Southern Illinois W, 68-52 (H) - 2003-04
#20 Creighton W, 82-73 (H) - 2003-04
#24 Iowa W, 77-66 (H) - 2003-04
#13 Creighton L, 84-75 (H) - 2002-03
#11 Iowa W, 78-76 (H) - 2001-02
HOME SUCCESS VS. RANKED
Since the 2001-02 season, UNI is 7-2 at home against ranked opponents.
UNI has defeated Iowa (2001-02, 2003-04, 2005-06), Creighton (2003-04, 2011-12), Southern Illinois (2003-04) and Bucknell (2005-06).
UNI’S FIRST WIN IN MCLEOD VS. RANKED FOE
UNI scored its first McLeod Center win over a ranked foe when the Panthers dispatched the No. 13 Creighton Bluejays, 65-62.
UNI is now 1-1 all-time vs. ranked opponents in the McLeod Center. The No. 14-ranked Drake Bulldogs posted a 65-55 win over the Panthers on Feb. 16, 2008.
UNI VS. RANKED MVC OPPONENTS
UNI is 4-4 against ranked MVC opponents since the 2001-02 season, following the Panthers’ 65-62 win over No. 13-ranked Creighton (2/4).
UNI TO PLAY AT VCU
IN SEARS BRACKETBUSTERS
The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team will play the VCU Rams on Fri., Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. (ET) in Richmond, Va., in the 2012 SEARS BracketBusters matchup. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
VCU is 20-5 on the season and tied for first place at 11-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. VCU reached the 2011 Final Four.
UNI and VCU have never met on the basketball floor.
This will mark the eighth TV appearance for UNI in the BracketBusters - the most in the Missouri Valley Conference. UNI is 4-3 in TV BracketBuster games.
UNI is 5-4 all-time in the previous nine years of BracketBusters matchups.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE - KING TUTT-LE
UNI’s Seth Tuttle is a making a strong case for MVC Freshman of the Year honors.
Tuttle leads the league in field goal percentage (65.9 percent). Tuttle ranks third on the Panther squad in scoring at 8.8 points per game.
Over his last six games, Tuttle has taken charge and leads the Panthers in scoring at 13.5 points per game. In his last six games, Tuttle is shooting 72.5 percent from the field (29-of-40) and has grabbed a team-high 28 rebounds (4.7 rpg).
TUTTLE CONTINUES HIS ACCURACY
UNI freshman forward Seth Tuttle leads the league in field goal percentage at 65.9 percent.
Tuttle had a streak of 12 straight made field goals snapped when he missed his final shot of the game vs. Drake (1/22). Tuttle has had two stretches this season of 12 straight made field goals.
Earlier this season, Tuttle had a three-game stretch of 12 straight made field goals against Providence, Iowa State and Colorado State.
Tuttle is a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the 3-point arc as well this season.
UNI ON MVC-TV (FSN)
UNI has posted a mark of 26-17 in games broadcast on MVC TV and/or Fox Sports Net since the 2003-04 season.
UNI has won 14 of its last 18 games on MVC-TV.
Date Opponent Score Network
2/8/12 at Wichita State -- FSN
2/4/12 Creighton W, 65-62 FSN
1/13/12 Missouri State W, 61-60 FSN
3/4/11 vs. Creighton L, 63-60 FSN
2/26/11 at Creighton L, 63-55 FSN
2/15/11 at Bradley W, 80-70 FSN
1/19/11 at Wichita State W, 77-74 FSN
12/29/10 Missouri State L, 58-57 FSN
3/6/10 vs. Bradley W, 57-40 FSN
3/5/10 vs. Drake W, 55-40 FSN
2/16/10 Creighton W, 70-52 FSN
2/13/10 at Bradley L, 68-59 FSN
1/24/10 at Indiana State W, 67-58 FSN
3/7/09 vs. Bradley W, 76-62 FSN
3/6/09 vs. Indiana State W, 73-69 FSN
2/28/09 Evansville W, 69-62 FSN
1/31/09 at Indiana State W, 61-57 FSN
1/10/09 Missouri State W, 78-64 FSN
3/7/08 vs. Southern Illinois W, 54-49 FSN
3/8/08 vs. Illinois State L, 56-42 FSN
2/9/08 at Missouri State L, 71-54 FSN
2/2/08 Southern Illinois W, 68-63 FSN
1/20/08 Missouri State W, 70-55 FSN
1/5/08 at Indiana State L, 74-56 FSN
3/2/07 vs. Bradley L, 51-48 FSN
2/10/07 Missouri State L, 62-58 FSN
2/12/07 Creighton L, 62-54 FSN
12/30/06 at Wichita State W, 63-59 FSN
11/14/06 at Washington L, 70-61 FSN
3/4/06 vs. Southern Illinois L, 55-46 ot FSN
3/3/06 vs. Missouri State W, 57-42 FSN
2/22/06 Bradley L, 71-49 FSN
2/11/06 Missouri State L, 66-63 FSN
2/4/06 Indiana State W, 83-56 FSN
1/21/06 Drake W, 91-72 FSN
3/5/05 vs. Missouri State L, 70-62 FSN
2/28/05 at Wichita State W, 67-66 FSN
2/23/05 at Southern Illinois L, 76-69 FSN
1/18/05 at Missouri State W, 62-53 FSN
3/7/04 vs. Wichita State W, 64-56 FSN
3/6/04 vs. Illinois State W, 68-54 FSN
2/7/04 Indiana State W, 68-64 FSN
1/31/04 at Southern Illinois L, 63-53 FSN
12/20/03 at Illinois State W, 64-61 FSN
DOUBLE DIGIT LEADS HAVE SLIPPED AWAY
UNI is 6-7 in Missouri Valley Conference play but could be in much different shape had it held some leads that got away. The Panthers have squandered leads in six of its seven league losses, including three double-digit advantages.
UNI was up 14 points (22-8; 10:03 left in 1st half) vs. Evansville on Jan. 1 before falling to the Purple Aces, 76-65.
UNI was up 11 points (31-20; 7:12 left in 1st half) at Creighton on Jan. 10 before losing to the Bluejays, 63-60.
UNI was up 16 points (44-28; 17:17 left in the 2nd half) at Bradley on Jan. 15 before losing to the Braves, 78-67.
UNI held a two-point lead at Illinois State before dropping a 65-61 decision on Dec. 29. The Panthers held an eight-point lead against Wichita State on Jan. 18, before falling 71-68 to the Shockers.
The Panthers led Missouri State, 9-3, in the opening minutes before dropping a 63-51 decision on Jan. 28 in Springfield, Mo.
MORAN MOVES A STEP CLOSER TO THE GAMES PLAYED MARK AT UNI
Senior guard Johnny Moran moved into a tie for No. 6 all-time at UNI in games played with his 126th game on Saturday.
Moran will move into a tie for the No. 4 slot at 127 games on Wednesday when the Panthers take on Wichita State.
Moran currently sits tied in the No. 6 spot with Kerwin Dunham (2007-11) with 126 games played.
Grant Stout (2004-07) and Brooks McKowen (2004-07) both hold down the No. 4 spot on the Panthers’ games played with with 127.
Kwadzo Ahelegbe (2006-11) set the UNI record for games played with 133 in the 2010-11 season.
MORAN CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
Senior guard Johnny Moran enters Wednesday’s game at Wichita State needing 33 points to become the 34th UNI Panther to join the 1,000 Point Club.
Moran ranks No. 35 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list with 967 points.
MORAN IS KNOCKING DOWN THREES
Johnny Moran ranks No. 2 on the Panthers’ all-time 3-pointers made list with 183 triples.
Ben Jacobson (2003-06) set the UNI record with 203 made 3-pointers.
JAMES LEADS THE UNI SCORING ATTACK
Junior guard Anthony James leads the Panthers in scoring at 13.5 points per game. James has reached double-figure scoring in 18 games, including five contests of 20 or more points. James has recorded nine 20-plus scoring efforts in his UNI Panther career.
CHIP RANKS RIGHT UP THERE
Sophomore forward Chip Rank leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage (47.3 percent). He ranks No. 2 on the team in field goal percentage (52.2 percent).
Rank has made his last five 3-point shots he has taken - a streak that dates back through the last three games.
Rank has tallied six double-figure scoring efforts this season, including a career-high 15 points at Bradley (1/15). Rank buried a career-high four 3-pointers against the Braves.
Last season, Rank reached double-figure scoring only once as a true freshman - 14 points against Drake.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING,
UNI is 16-9 on the season with some stark contrasts in the numbers between the wins and the losses.
In UNI’s 16 wins, the Panthers are averaging 70.2 points per game and giving up 56.7 points per game.
In UNI’s nine losses, the Panthers are averaging 58.4 points per game and giving up 67.6 points per game.
UNI is shooting 46.7 percent in its 16 wins, but that number drops to 37.6 percent in its nine losses.
UNI has made 42.8 percent of its 3-point shots in its 16 wins, but only 33.0 percent of its 3-point shots in its nine setbacks.
KOCH DRAINS ‘EM FROM THE LINE
Junior Jake Koch currently ranks No. 6 on the Panthers’ all-time free throw percentage list. Koch has made 204-of-251 career free throws for a mark of 81.3 percent.
Maurice Newby (1987-91) holds the UNI free throw percentage record at 85.6 percent (149-of-174).
UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI enters Wednesday’s game at Wichita State having made at least one made three-pointer in 384 straight games.
The last time UNI failed to make a 3-point basketball 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 69-22 (.758) in games played in the McLeod Center. The McLeod Center was finished in November 2006.
UNI is 11-3 at home this season in the McLeod Center. The Panthers have won 39 of their last 47 games in the McLeod Center.
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.
TUTTLE EARNS 2ND MVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Seth Tuttle has been named the Missouri Valley Conference’s Newcomer of the Week, as announced by the league office today.
Tuttle averaged 11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg and shot 66.7 percent from the field in leading UNI to a pair of wins over Southern Illinois and No. 12/13-ranked Creighton. Tuttle scored nine points in UNI’s 58-49 win over Southern Illinois. Tuttle made 3-of-4 shots from the field against the Salukis. Tuttle then tallied 13 points and nine rebounds on 5-of-8 shooting from the field vs. the Bluejays.
FILLING IN THE MCLEOD CENTER
The UNI-Creighton game drew 6,910 fans, which ranks as the No. 8 crowd of all-time in the McLeod Center.
The all-time biggest crowd in the McLeod Center came on Feb. 27, 2010, when 7,332 fans watched the Panthers take on the Illinois State Redbirds.
2012 BATTLE FOR ATLANTIS
UNI will take part in the 2012 Battle for Atlantis Tournament on Thanksgiving weekend next season. The tournament will take place on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
UNI will be joined in the tournament by Duke, Louisville, Memphis, Minnesota, Missouri, Stanford and VCU.
ARCH MADNESS TICKETS ON SALE
All-session tickets to the 2012 Arch Madness State Farm Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis next March went on sale Dec. 15.
All-session tickets are $155 and $130 each in the lower bowl and $115 in the upper bowl at Scottrade Center and are good for all nine games of the tournament, slated for March 1-4. Tickets can be purchased at the Scottrade Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets in the St. Louis region or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. There will be an additional service fee per ticket.
Fans and alumni of Valley schools can also contact their institution’s ticket office to inquire about priority seating within that school’s section.
This year’s tournament marks the 22nd consecutive year that Arch Madness has been held in St. Louis. All 10 Valley teams will be competing for the MVC championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
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