UNI males’s basketball faces Belmont on the journey to Nashville | Techi Fowl

UNI males’s basketball at Belmont

  • 4 pm CT | Jan. 14, 2023
  • Nashville, Tenn. | Curb Occasion Middle (5,000)
  • ESPN3 (Steve Layman, Greg Sage, Noah Syverson)
  • Panther Sports activities Radio Community (JW Cox: Play-by-Play)

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Driving a league-best four-game profitable streak, UNI males’s basketball heads south to Nashville because it takes on the Belmont Bruins for the primary time in program historical past.

Coming off an eight-point win over Murray State on Tuesday night time at dwelling, the Panthers are 2-1 in highway video games in opposition to Missouri Valley Convention (MVC) opponents this winter. UNI and Belmont enter Saturday’s recreation in a four-way tie for second within the league standings with a 5-2 report.

The Panthers fell behind by 9 factors on Tuesday night time in this system’s first recreation in opposition to Murray State after a sluggish first half offensively. Aided by a scoring flurry from Bowen was born and a record-breaking rebounding efficiency from Tytan AndersonUNI scored 24 of the sport’s last 33 complete factors to take management of the sport and seal a 75-67 victory over the Racers.

Born completed the night time with a recreation excessive 23 factors and 4 assists, marking his fifth 20+ level efficiency within the final seven video games. Anderson’s 18 rebounds set a brand new single-game program report in opposition to an MVC opponent, and likewise tied this system report for many rebounds in a house recreation. He additionally had his eighth double-double of the 12 months with 11 factors. Shadow Wolf sank a career-best 5 made three-pointers, whereas Cole Henry scored 14 factors, together with 12 within the second half.

Bowen was born has averaged 20.8 factors per recreation in his final 13 outings, and leads the MVC in complete scoring (339 factors) and scoring common (19.9 factors per recreation). Born’s 9 profession excessive scoring video games have come this season.

  • 30 factors vs. Northern Illinois (Nov. 26)
  • 29 factors vs. Evansville (Dec. 3)
  • 27 factors vs. Southern Illinois (Jan. 7)
  • 27 factors vs. Towson (Dec. 17)
  • 27 factors in opposition to Toledo (Dec. 6)
  • 25 factors at Illinois State (Dec. 31)
  • 23 factors vs. Missouri State (Dec. 28)
  • 23 factors vs. Murray State (Jan. 10)
  • 22 factors at Bradley (Nov. 30)

Anderson’s 8 double-doubles rank tenth most within the nation. He additionally led the league in rebounds per recreation (9.8) and defensive rebounds per contest (7.2). Anderson’s complete of 166 rebounds this season is the thirteenth most within the nation.

The Panthers averaged an MVC-low 14.6 private fouls per recreation. Consequently, UNI additionally averaged 17.8 free throw makes an attempt per recreation, third most within the convention.

Head coach Ben Jacobson additionally chases MVC historical past with 179 convention wins, third most in league historical past. Jacobson is 3 wins shy of passing former Creighton coach Dana Altman for 2nd all-time in MVC historical past with 182 convention wins.

Taking part in of their first MVC season this 12 months, the Bruins jumped out to a 12-6 begin this season. Belmont pulled out a cushty 74-59 win over Valparaiso in its final outing Tuesday in northwest Indiana.

The Bruins went a formidable 25-8 throughout their last season within the Ohio Valley Convention final 12 months, ending second within the league standings to Murray State. Belmont earned an at-large bid to the NIT, the place the Bruins fell to Vanderbilt within the opening spherical. The Bruins are one in every of 6 groups from the 2022 NIT discipline on the Panthers’ schedule this 12 months.

Picked sixth within the MVC preseason ballot (only one spot behind UNI), guard Ben Sheppard was named to the league’s Preseason First Workforce. Sheppard led a trio of Bruins averaging over 12 factors per recreation with 17.8 factors per contest, whereas additionally posting a team-high 4.9 rebounds and three.5 assists per recreation. Cade Tyson is scoring 13.1 factors per recreation this 12 months, whereas Drew Friberg is averaging 12.6 factors per recreation, capturing 39.8% from past the arc.

Belmont entered Saturday’s recreation main the MVC in three-point capturing proportion and made three-pointers per recreation (9.8).

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