Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball

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Northern Iowa Panthers
2015–16 Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball team
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University University of Northern Iowa
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Division I Division
Location Cedar Falls, IA
Head coach Ben Jacobson (10th year)
Arena McLeod Center
(Capacity: 7,018)
Nickname Panthers
Student section Jake's Jungle
Colors Purple and Old Gold[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2010
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1990, 2010, 2015, 2016
NCAA Tournament appearances
1990, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016
Conference tournament champions
2004, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016
Conference regular season champions
2009, 2010

The Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball team represents the University of Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. UNI is currently a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

Postseason results[edit]

NCAA Tournament history[edit]

Season Seed Eliminated
Round
Teams Defeated Lost to
1962 (College Division) N/A 2nd Round Hamline Nebraska Wesleyan
1964 (College Division) N/A 4th Place Washington University
Mankato State
Southeast Missouri
Evansville
North Carolina A&T
1979 (Division II) N/A 2nd Round Nebraska-Omaha Wisconsin-Green Bay
1990 (14) 2nd Round (3) Missouri (6) Minnesota
2004 (14) 1st Round (3) Georgia Tech
2005 (11) 1st Round (6) Wisconsin
2006 (10) 1st Round (7) Georgetown
2009 (12) 1st Round (5) Purdue
2010 (9) Sweet 16 (8) UNLV
(1) Kansas
(5) Michigan State
2015 (5) 3rd Round (12) Wyoming (4) Louisville
2016 (11) 2nd Round (6) Texas (3) Texas A&M

NIT Tournament history[edit]

Season Seed Eliminated
Round
Teams Defeated Lost to
2012 (7) Second Round (2) Saint Joseph's (3) Drexel

CIT Tournament history[edit]

Season Eliminated
Round
Teams Defeated Lost to
2011 Quarterfinals Rider SMU
2013 Semifinals North Dakota
UIC
Bradley
Weber State

Other tournaments[edit]

Coaching history[edit]

Coach Years Record Pct. Titles
No Coach 1901-1902 1-3 .250 0
Jones 1903 0-2 .000 0
Charles Pell 1904-1906 11-12 .478 0
R. F. Seymour 1907-1909 14-15 .483 0
Clayton Simmons 1910 4-3 .571 0
H. Pasini 1912-1913 8-12 .400 0
Allen Berkstresser 1914-1917 10-12 .455 0
No Coach 1918 5-5 .500 0
Russell Glaesner 1919 2-6 .250 0
Ivan Doseff 1920-1921 14-14 .500 0
L. L. Mendenhall 1922-1924 27-7 .794 0
Arthur D. Dickinson 1925-1932
1934-1937
102-66 .607 0
Melvin Fritzel 1933 9-4 .692 0
O. M. "Hon" Nordly 1938-43
1946-1954
166-127 .567 5
Stan Hall 1955-1956 19-22 .463 0
James Witham 1957-1961 63-49 .563 0
Norm Stewart 1962-1967 97-42 .563 2
Zeke Hogeland 1968-1973 70-74 .486 1
James Berry 1974-1986 144-210 .407 1
Eldon Miller 1987-1998 164-178 .480 0
Sam Weaver 1999-2001 30-57 .345 0
Greg McDermott 2002-2006 90-63 .588 1
Ben Jacobson 2007–Present 219-116 .652 2
Totals 1900-2014 1145-1056 .520 12

Ben Jacobson era[edit]

Jacobson's biggest coaching accomplishment to date was in the 2009–10 season, when the Panthers made a run into the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament highlighted by an upset of top national seed Kansas. ESPN.com columnist Pat Forde called the Panthers' win "the biggest tourney upset in years," and called the clinching shot by Panthers guard Ali Farokhmanesh "the greatest early-round shot in NCAA tournament history."

Jacobson also coached UNI as it became the first college program ever to represent the United States of America at an international basketball competition. In August 2007, UNI was chosen to be Team USA at the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand. Donning the Red, White and Blue, UNI went 5-1 in the tournament, losing only to eventual gold medalist Lithuania, while posting wins over Angola, Turkey, China, Finland and Israel.

On November 15th, 2014, Jacobson became the all-time win leader for a coach in UNI Men's basketball history. After recording a win over his alma mater University of North Dakota, he notched his 167th UNI victory. Additionally, in the 2014-15 season, Jacobson led the Panthers to their highest ranking in school history (#10) in the AP and (#9) in the Coaches Poll. UNI also in that season achieved the most wins in the school's history with 31. Jacobson has also been awarded the Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year award in 2009, 2010, and 2015.

On November 21st, 2015, Jacobson led UNI to a victory over #1 North Carolina. The win was one of the biggest in program history and came in just the first meeting of the two basketball programs. Just four days later the coach hit another career milestone. After defeating the University of Dubuque in convincing fashion, the coach recorded his 200th victory at the university.

Notable players[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

The school has several statewide and national rivalries. In Iowa, typically UNI plays two, if not three of its Iowa neighbors for the Iowa Big Four men's college basketball mythical championship. The university also plays either the The University of Iowa or Iowa State University in the Hyvee Big Four Classic held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Additionally, other UNI basketball rivals include, but are not limited to, Creighton University, Indiana State, Southern Illinois, and Wichita State.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UNI Web Colors". University of Northern Iowa. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  2. ^ Katz, Andy (2009-07-10). "U.S. to play Israel for bronze". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-07-10.