2009–10 Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball team

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2009-10 Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball
UNI Wordmark.jpg
MVC Regular Season Champions
MVC Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
Ranking
Coaches #13
2009-10 record 30–5 (15–3 MVC)
Head coach Ben Jacobson
Home arena McLeod Center
Seasons
« 2008-09 2010-11 »
2009–10 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Northern Iowa 15 3   .833     30 5   .857
Wichita State 12 6   .667     25 10   .714
Illinois St. 11 7   .611     22 11   .667
Creighton 10 8   .556     17 15   .531
Indiana St. 9 9   .500     17 15   .531
Bradley 9 9   .500     16 15   .516
Missouri St. 8 10   .444     21 12   .636
Drake 7 11   .389     14 19   .424
Southern Illinois 6 12   .333     15 15   .500
Evansville 3 15   .167     9 21   .300
2010 MVC Tournament winner
As of March 20, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball team represented the University of Northern Iowa in the 2009-10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team, which plays in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), was led by fourth-year head coach Ben Jacobson and played their home games at the McLeod Center. They went 15–3 during the regular conference season to win the regular season championship. The Panthers also won the 2010 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament to earn the conference's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. They earned a 9 seed in the Midwest Region where they defeated 8 seed UNLV in the first round and the overall 1 seed Kansas in the second round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

While they lost in their next game to Michigan State, they got a unique parting gift. Because the NCAA has been increasingly using non-traditional basketball venues in recent NCAA Tournaments, it has been building new courts for its regional sites and then selling them to schools in need of a court. UNI purchased the court on which the Panthers played in their loss to the Spartans, and will install it at McLeod Center for the 2010–11 season.[1]

Roster[edit]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
Players
5 Ali Farokhmanesh 6'0" 190 G Sr. Iowa City, IA, U.S. Iowa City West HS
Indian Hills CC
Kirkwood CC
10 Brian Haak 6'1" 175 G Sr. Spencer, IA, U.S. Spencer HS
11 Kwadzo Ahelegbe 6'2" 200 G Jr. Oakdale, MN, U.S. Tartan HS
13 Johnny Moran 6'1" 190 G So. Algonquin, IL, U.S. Jacobs HS
15 B. J. Ray 6'3" 205 G Fr. Waynesville, MO, U.S. Waynesville HS
20 Jake Koch 6'9" 255 F Fr. (RS) Ashwaubenon, WI, U.S. Ashwaubenon HS
21 Matt Morrison 6'0" 175 G Fr. Solon, IA, U.S. Solon HS
22 Kerwin Dunham 6'6" 200 G Jr. Bondurant, IA, U.S. Bondurant–Farrar HS
23 Marc Sonnen 6'3" 185 G Fr. St. Paul, MN, U.S. Tartan HS
32 Lucas O'Rear 6'6" 255 F Jr. Nashville, IL, U.S. Nashville HS
33 Austin Pehl 6'10" 245 C Fr. (RS) Cedar Falls, IA, U.S. Cedar Falls HS
34 Adam Koch 6'8" 255 F Sr. Ashwaubenon, WI, U.S. Ashwaubenon HS
40 Tyler Lange 6'6" 210 F Fr. Sac City, IA, U.S. Urbandale HS
43 Adam Rodenberg 6'6" 245 C Sr. Garnavillo, IA, U.S. Clayton Ridge HS
Kirkwood CC
UC Irvine
52 Anthony James 6'0" 175 G Fr. (RS) St. Louis, MO, U.S. Normandy HS
53 Jordan Eglseder 7'0" 280 C Sr. Bellevue, IA, U.S. Marquette HS

Schedule and results[edit]

Source[2]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
10/31/2009 12:05pm Upper Iowa McLeod CenterCedar Falls, IA W 67–39  1,525
11/07/2009 12:05pm UNC Pembroke McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA W 79–44  1,528
Regular Season
11/13/2009* 8:30pm at Denver Magness ArenaDenver, CO W 71–65  2,082 1–0
11/20/2009* 12:05pm vs. DePaul Sports and Fitness CenterSt. Thomas, VI
(Paradise Jam Tournament)
L 52–60  NA 1–1
11/21/2009* 2:30pm vs. East Carolina Sports and Fitness Center • St. Thomas, VI
(Paradise Jam Tournament)
W 74–68  NA 2–1
11/23/2009* 2:30pm vs. Boston College Sports and Fitness Center • St. Thomas, VI
(Paradise Jam Tournament)
W 81–69  531 3–1
11/28/2009 7:05pm Northern Illinois McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA KWWL
CFU 15
W 52–45  4,083 4–1
12/2/2009 7:05pm at Iowa State Hilton ColiseumAmes, IA CFU 15 W 63–60  14,376 5–1
12/8/2009 7:05pm Iowa McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA KWWL
CFU 15
W 67–50  6,480 6–1
12/12/2009 7:05pm Siena McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA KWWL
CFU 15
W 82–65  5,096 7–1
12/19/2009 1:05pm at North Dakota Betty Engelstad Sioux CenterGrand Forks, ND FCS W 64–41  1,961 8–1
12/23/2009 7:05pm Wyoming McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA KWWL
CFU 15
W 72–54  3,102 9–1
12/29/2009 7:05pm at Creighton Qwest CenterOmaha, NE W 60–52  17,152 10–1 (1–0)
1/1/2010 7:05pm Evansville McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA W 65–46  4,450 11–1 (2–0)
1/3/2010 1:05pm Missouri State McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA KWWL
CFU 15
W 84–76  4,666 12–1 (3–0)
1/6/2010 8:00pm at Southern Illinois SIU ArenaCarbondale, IL ESPNU W 61–49  4,679 13–1 (4–0)
1/9/2010 3:00pm at Illinois State Redbird ArenaNormal, IL ESPN2 W 59–44  7,755 14–1 (5–0)
1/12/2010 8:05pm Bradley McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA ESPNU W 52–50  4,892 15–1 (6–0)
1/16/2010 7:05pm Indiana State McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA KWWL
CFU 15
W 62–40  6,778 16–1 (7–0)
1/19/2010 8:00pm at Wichita State #20 Charles Koch ArenaWichita, KS ESPNU L 51–60  10,506 16–2 (7–1)
1/24/2010 2:05pm at Indiana State #20 Hulman CenterTerre Haute, IN MVC TV W 67–58  3,407 17–2 (8–1)
1/27/2010 7:05pm Drake McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA KWWL
CFU 15
W 67–51  6,069 18–2 (9–1)
1/30/2010 2:05pm at Missouri State #25 JQH ArenaSpringfield, MO W 55–54  9,087 19–2 (10–1)
2/3/2010 7:05pm Wichita State #24 McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA KWWL W 59–56  6,723 20–2 (11–1)
2/6/2010 5:00pm Southern Illinois #22 McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA ESPN2 W 55–51  6,839 21–2 (12–1)
2/10/2010 7:05pm at Drake #19 Knapp CenterDes Moines, IA CFU 15 W 57–48  7,152 22–2 (13–1)
2/13/2010 1:05pm at Bradley #19 Carver ArenaPeoria, IL MVC TV L 59–68  9,887 22–3 (13–2)
2/16/2010 7:05pm at Creighton McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA MVC TV W 70–52  5,440 23–3 (14–2)
2/19/2010* 6:00pm Old Dominion McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA
(ESPN BracketBusters)
ESPN2 W 71–62  7,031 24–3 (14–2)
2/23/2010 7:05pm at Evansville #25 Roberts Municipal StadiumEvansville, IN L 54–55  4,716 24–4 (14–3)
2/27/2010 7:05pm Illinois State #25 McLeod Center • Cedar Falls, IA ESPN2 W 61–55  7,366 25–4 (15–3)
2010 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
3/5/2010 12:05pm vs. Drake Scottrade CenterSt. Louis, MO
(Quarterfinals)
MVC TV W 55–40  NA 26–4
3/6/2010 1:35pm vs. Bradley Scottrade Center • St. Louis, MO
(Semifinals)
MVC TV W 57–40  NA 27–4
3/7/2010 1:05pm vs. Wichita State Scottrade Center • St. Louis, MO
(Final)
CBS W 67–52  9,297 28–4
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
3/18/2010* 6:10pm vs. UNLV Ford CenterOklahoma City, OK
(First Round)
CBS W 69–66  13,484 29–4
3/20/2010* 4:40pm vs. #1 Kansas Ford Center • Oklahoma City, OK
(Second Round)
CBS W 69–67  15,587 30–4
3/26/2010* 8:37pm vs. #13 Michigan State Edward Jones DomeSt. Louis, MO
(Sweet Sixteen)
CBS L 52–59  26,377 30–5
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brennan, Eamonn (2010-03-27). "UNI didn't go home empty-handed". College Basketball Nation Blog. ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  2. ^ "2009-10 Schedule". Retrieved 2010-01-17.