UNI Men’s Basketball vs. Indiana State
- 7:00 p.m. CT | January 11
- Cedar Falls, Iowa | McLeod Center (6,650)
- ESPN + (Brad Wells: Play-by-Play / Kevin Lehman: Analyst)
- 1540 KXEL: Panther Sports Radio Network (Gary Rima: Play-by-Play / Kevin Boyle: Analyst)
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — After a thrilling weekend of action on the road, UNI men’s basketball returns home Tuesday night to welcome the Indiana State Sycamores at 7 p.m. at the McLeod Center.
The Panthers return to Cedar Falls after an impressive road win at Missouri State on Saturday night. Down 10 points in the final 6 minutes of the opening period, the Panthers had a 13-4 streak to lead by one point at the half-time break. UNI would shoot 20 for 22 on the free throw in the second half and delay a late rally from Missouri State for the victory by one point. AJ Green led the way for the Panthers with a 33-point performance, capped by a career-high 13 free throws in his 5th career game of over 30 points. Noah Carter recorded 16 points in the win, continuing his streak of scoring at least 15 points in every conference game this season. Bowen born scored 11 points, a season high, while Traé Berhow posted 9 points with 8 rebounds, a high for the team.
Indiana State (8-6) returns to action for the first time since Jan. 2, when the Sycamores fought off a late Bradley run at home to claim their first MVC victory this season, 76-71. The Sycamores are led by first-year head coach Josh Schertz, who took over the Indiana State program after an impressive run at the Lincoln Memorial in Division II, where he amassed a record 337-69 .
Picked 9th in the MVC preseason poll, the Sycamores recorded the league’s 4th scoring offense with 75.9 points per game. Indiana State also leads the MVC with 27.4 defensive rebounds per game and the 2nd highest free throw percentage at 75.1%. With Tyreke Key, Indiana State’s preseason All-MVC selection due to a late-season injury, the Sycamores relied on a pair of key scorers, Cooper Neese and Cameron Hunter. Neese leads Indiana State with both 16.3 points per game and 34 minutes per game, with Henry leading with 6.3 rebounds per game and 14.1 points per game. Henry also leads the MVC in defensive rebounds per game with 5.5 per game. Beyond the three-point arc, Micah Thomas has managed 38.8% of his shots from distance, while Xavier Bledson has scored 12.1 points per game for the Josh Schertz Sycamores in 9 games this season.
Indiana State holds a narrow 33-29 lead over the Panthers in the all-time series, with UNI posting an 11-6 home record over the Sycamores since the McLeod Center opened before the 2006-07 season. The two teams have divided the regular season series with both games played at Cedar Falls. UNI won the most recent match on February 7 in a 70-67 match where Noah Carter recorded 25 points, a career-high in the conference game. Austin phyfe scored 17 points with 8 rebounds, while Berhow scored 10 points.
- The Head Coach Ben jacobson is tied with former Creighton / Saint Louis Eddie Hickey as the 3rd-most victorious MVC coach in conference-only games in league history. Henry P. Iba (Oklahoma State) leads the MVC with 187 conference wins, while former Creighton coach Dana Altman is second at 182. Jacobson leads all active MVC coaches with 163 league wins.
- AJ Green sits 9th on UNI’s all-time scorecard. Green is 68 points away from becoming the 7th player in program history to reach 1,400 career points.
- The Panthers position holds the two biggest league winning margins this season by any team in the MVC, with a 22-point win over Evansville and a 27-point win over Valparaiso.
- UNI is 71-8 under Ben jacobson by scoring over 80 points.
- UNI is 26-14 in games against MVC programs with a first-year head coach under Ben jacobson. The Panthers are also 14-6 in that span when they first face a Conference opponent with a first-year head coach.
- The Panthers are averaging 82.3 points per game in the league, 10.7 points more than non-conference opponents (71.6).
- UNI have posted 3 straight games in which the offense has shot 50% or more from the field, a first for the Panthers since January 2020.
- Austin phyfe is 62 points off his father, Steve Phyfe, in career points scored for the Panthers. Steve Phyfe, who played at UNI from 1987 to 1990 and was part of the very first NCAA Division I tournament team in 1990, scored 912 career points for the Panthers, ranking 55th in Canadian history. program.