The best start in program history has put the UNI men's basketball team on the brink of a top 10 ranking in both national polls, which were released on Monday (February 16, 2015).

The Panthers moved up two spots in this week's Associated Press survey, climbing from No. 13 to No. 11. They also jumped one spot in the USA Today coaches poll, going from No. 12 to No. 11 following Wednesday night's 83-64 home victory over Illinois State and Sunday afternoon's 68-57 win at Missouri State.

With a 24-2 overall record, UNI is off to its best start ever to a season. A 13-1 start in Missouri Valley Conference play equals the best mark ever for the Panthers in the league after 14 games.

UNI’s 13-game win streak is tied for the fourth-longest current streak in the nation. Sunday's victory at Missouri State was the Panthers' 11th on the road or at a neutral site this season, which ranks as the second-highest total in the country.

The No. 11 ranking in both polls is the highest ever for the Panthers. As of Monday, only two teams in the nation have better overall records than UNI -- No. 1 Kentucky (25-0) and third-ranked Gonzaga (26-1).

There was no change for Iowa State (18-6, 8-4 Big 12) in this week's polls. The Cyclones are ranked No 14 in the Associated Press and USA Today coaches surveys.

Iowa State and UNI are both scheduled to be in action again Wednesday night on the road. The Cyclones play at No. 22 Oklahoma State, while the Panthers face Loyola in Chicago.


The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 15, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Kentucky (65) 25-0 1,625 1
2. Virginia 23-1 1,524 2
3. Gonzaga 26-1 1,475 3
4. Duke 22-3 1,449 4
5. Wisconsin 23-2 1,387 5
6. Villanova 23-2 1,302 6
7. Arizona 22-3 1,213 7
8. Kansas 21-4 1,195 8
9. Utah 20-4 1,051 11
10. Notre Dame 22-4 1,038 10
11. Northern Iowa 24-2 955 13
12. Louisville 20-5 882 9
13. Wichita State 23-3 862 15
14. Iowa State 18-6 761 14
15. North Carolina 18-7 658 12
16. Maryland 21-5 640 19
17. Oklahoma 17-8 554 17
18. Arkansas 20-5 476 24
19. Butler 18-7 456 18
20. Baylor 18-7 364 16
21. SMU 21-5 299 25
22. Oklahoma State 17-8 240 21
23. West Virginia 19-6 154 21
24. Ohio State 19-7 139 23
25. VCU 19-6 109 20

Others receiving votes: Texas 70, San Diego State. 64, Providence 44, Murray State. 38, Temple 28, Georgetown 23, Michigan State. 17, Dayton 10, Texas A&M 8, Valparaiso 8, Indiana 7.