UNI tries to keep surging against 'young' MSU

Panthers knocked off Wichita State this past weekend

Grant Burkhardt
Published: February 5 2013 | 7:00 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 10:59 am in

CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa may have struck gold at the perfect time.

For the second consecutive season, UNI students rushed the court after the Panthers beat a Top 25 ranked team and now, with just seven Missouri Valley Conference games left, UNI finds itself just two games out of third place.

“I feel like our confidence has grown and we’ve played harder starting a couple of weeks ago with those two big home wins,” coach Ben Jacobson said on Monday. “We’ve started to get closer to playing as hard as you need to all the time. We need to continue to do that.”

Of the six MVC teams left on UNI’s schedule, none are higher than a tie for fifth in the conference standings, including the Panthers’ opponent tonight, Missouri State.

“MSU is playing very well in conference play,” Jacobson said. “They have a nice mix of four or five returning guys, and they have a group of freshmen that are playing very well for them.

“(MSU’s) coaching staff has done a very good job with them. They had a tough non-conference. Because of their youth they struggled in areas during their non-conference play and they’ve come out in league play and either won or played competitive against everyone.”

The Bears started the season 2-10 but have a 5-11 record in the MVC.

“I think they struggled in the non-conference part of the schedule is because they are so young,” Jacobson said. “They were mixing and putting their group together with true freshmen. Now those true have got experience. They’ve played a lot of basketball to this point and they’re good players.

“We’re playing good basketball. As we saw on Saturday, guys are really fighting hard to do the right things, and we’re going to play better when the place is full.”

CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa may have struck gold at the perfect time.---- For the second consecutive season, UNI students rushed the court after the Panthers beat a Top25 ranked team and now, with just seven Missouri Valley Conference games left, UNI finds itself just two games out of third place.---- “I feel like our confidence has grown and we’ve played harder starting a couple of weeks ago with those two big home wins,” Coach Ben Jacobson said on Monday. “We’ve started to get closer to playing as hard as you need to all the time. We need to continue to do that.”---- Of the six MVC teams left on UNI’s schedule, none are higher than a tie for fifth in the conference standings, including the Panthers’ opponent tonight, Missouri State.---- “MSU is playing very well in conference play,” Jacobson said. “They have a nice mix of four or five returning guys, and they have a group of freshmen that are playing very well for them.---- “(MSU’s) coaching staff has done a very good job with them. They had a tough non-conference. Because of their youth they struggled in areas during their non-conference play and they’ve come out in league play and either won or played competitive against everyone.”---- The Bears started the season 2-10 but have a 5-11 record in the MVC.---- “I think they struggled in the non-conference part of the schedule is because they are so young,” Jacobson said. “They were mixing and putting their group together with true freshmen. Now those true have got experience. They’ve played a lot of basketball to this point and they’re good players.---- “We’re playing good basketball. As we saw on Saturday, guys are really fighting hard to do the right things, and we’re going to play better when the place is full.”

Have you found an error or omission in our reporting? Is there other feedback and/or ideas you want to share with us? Tell us here.



Featured Jobs from corridorcareers.com