No. 18 UNI Set for Wednesday Challenge at Southern Illinois [VIDEO]
On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, the No. 18-ranked University of Northern Iowa Panthers (18-2 overall, 7-1 MVC) will take its seven-game win streak on the road when they take on the Southern Illinois Salukis (9-12 overall, 2-6 MVC). Tip is set for 7:00 PM at SIU Arena.
The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team has won seven consecutive Missouri Valley Conference games for the fourth time in school history - all under the direction of head coach Ben Jacobson.
UNI’s defense is not only tops in the MVC, it is one of the nation’s finest when it comes to scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. UNI ranks No. 6 in the nation in scoring defense. UNI leads the MVC in scoring defense (54.8 ppg) and in field goal percentage defense (37.8 percent).
UNI's Seth Tuttle will also be a key factor in the game. Tuttle has been named the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball player of the week for his play in two wins over Indiana State and Illinois State. It marks the second time this season for that honor.
Southern Illinois leads the all-time series vs. UNI, 31-25, but UNI has won 11 of the last 15 meetings between the two schools.