2009–10 Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball team

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2009-10 Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball
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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 installed 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 Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
Exhibition
10/31/2009 Upper Iowa W 67–39  McLeod Center (1,525)
11/07/2009 UNC Pembroke W 79–44  McLeod Center (1,528)
Regular Season
11/13/2009* at Denver W 71–65  1–0 Magness Arena (2,082)
11/20/2009* vs. DePaul
(Paradise Jam Tournament)
L 52–60  1–1 Sports and Fitness Center (NA)
11/21/2009* vs. East Carolina
(Paradise Jam Tournament)
W 74–68  2–1 Sports and Fitness Center (NA)
11/23/2009* vs. Boston College
(Paradise Jam Tournament)
W 81–69  3–1 Sports and Fitness Center (531)
11/28/2009 Northern Illinois W 52–45  4–1 McLeod Center (4,083)
12/2/2009 at Iowa State W 63–60  5–1 Hilton Coliseum (14,376)
12/8/2009 Iowa W 67–50  6–1 McLeod Center (6,480)
12/12/2009 Siena W 82–65  7–1 McLeod Center (5,096)
12/19/2009 at North Dakota W 64–41  8–1 Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (1,961)
12/23/2009 Wyoming W 72–54  9–1 McLeod Center (3,102)
12/29/2009 at Creighton W 60–52  10–1 (1–0) Qwest Center (17,152)
1/1/2010 Evansville W 65–46  11–1 (2–0) McLeod Center (4,450)
1/3/2010 Missouri State W 84–76  12–1 (3–0) McLeod Center (4,666)
1/6/2010 at Southern Illinois W 61–49  13–1 (4–0) SIU Arena (4,679)
1/9/2010 at Illinois State W 59–44  14–1 (5–0) Redbird Arena (7,755)
1/12/2010 Bradley W 52–50  15–1 (6–0) McLeod Center (4,892)
1/16/2010 Indiana State W 62–40  16–1 (7–0) McLeod Center (6,778)
1/19/2010 #20 at Wichita State L 51–60  16–2 (7–1) Charles Koch Arena (10,506)
1/24/2010 #20 at Indiana State W 67–58  17–2 (8–1) Hulman Center (3,407)
1/27/2010 Drake W 67–51  18–2 (9–1) McLeod Center (6,069)
1/30/2010 #25 at Missouri State W 55–54  19–2 (10–1) JQH Arena (9,087)
2/3/2010 #24 Wichita State W 59–56  20–2 (11–1) McLeod Center (6,723)
2/6/2010 #22 Southern Illinois W 55–51  21–2 (12–1) McLeod Center (6,839)
2/10/2010 #19 at Drake W 57–48  22–2 (13–1) Knapp Center (7,152)
2/13/2010 #19 at Bradley L 59–68  22–3 (13–2) Carver Arena (9,887)
2/16/2010 at Creighton W 70–52  23–3 (14–2) McLeod Center (5,440)
2/19/2010* Old Dominion
(ESPN BracketBusters)
W 71–62  24–3 (14–2) McLeod Center (7,031)
2/23/2010 #25 at Evansville L 54–55  24–4 (14–3) Roberts Municipal Stadium (4,716)
2/27/2010 #25 Illinois State W 61–55  25–4 (15–3) McLeod Center (7,366)
2010 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
3/5/2010 vs. Drake
(Quarterfinals)
W 55–40  26–4 Scottrade Center (NA)
3/6/2010 vs. Bradley
(Semifinals)
W 57–40  27–4 Scottrade Center (NA)
3/7/2010 vs. Wichita State
(Final)
W 67–52  28–4 Scottrade Center (9,297)
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
3/18/2010* vs. UNLV
(First Round)
W 69–66  29–4 Ford Center (13,484)
3/20/2010* vs. #1 Kansas
(Second Round)
W 69–67  30–4 Ford Center (15,587)
3/26/2010* vs. #13 Michigan State
(Sweet Sixteen)
L 52–59  30–5 Edward Jones Dome (26,377)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll during regular season, or Midwest Region seedings during NCAA Tournament.. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
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.