Drake vs. Northern Iowa: Full Game Preview

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Drake vs. Northern Iowa: Full Game Preview
Drake
(8-9, 2-5 away)
Northern Iowa
(9-9, 7-3 home)
Venue: McLeod Center
3:00PM ET / 12:00PM PT, January 20, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Drake B Simons 14.7 J Clarke 7.0 R Carter 3.9
Northern Iowa A James 12.5 J Koch 6.4 D Mitchell 3.4

On Sunday, Northern Iowa hosts Drake at McLeod Center. It gets started at 3:00 EST and it can be seen on ESPN3.com. The Panthers are 7-2 against the Bulldogs over the last four years. The last time they met (1/22/2012) they won 66-52.

Drake and Northern Iowa are tied for 7th in the conference.

In their last game, Anthony James put up 25 points and 6 rebounds in the Panthers 79-68 loss to Creighton on January 15th. He leads the team with 12.5 points per game. For the Bulldogs, Chris Hines finished with 21 points in the 83-69 win over Evansville on January 16th. He contributes 2.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 10.3 points per game.

Drake StatSmack

  • Even computers respect Northern Iowa more. We have a better RPI this season than Drake (RPI: #93 vs #201).
  • Northern Iowa takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Drake (5 vs 1).
  • We just win. Northern Iowa has more wins over the last 5 years than Drake (118 vs 96).
  • Marc Sonnen is ranked 2nd in the Missouri Valley in three-pointers.
  • Cedar Falls isn't as congested as Des Moines (population is significantly lower).
  • At least you keep showing up. Northern Iowa has an average margin of victory of 12 over Drake in 34 wins since 1981.
  • The Northern Iowa blocks leader (Jake Koch) has more blocks than the Drake blocks leader (Seth VanDeest).
  • It must sting. Northern Iowa has blown out Drake by 20 points or more on 6 occasions since 1996.
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Northern Iowa has a stronger schedule than Drake this season (SOS Rank: #25 vs #160).
  • Northern Iowa waxed Drake by 14 points the last time they played (Jan 22, 2012).
DRAKE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Ben Simons 34 15 4 2 1 0 2
C Seth VanDeest 22 10 4 1 0 1 2
C Jordan Clarke 26 8 8 1 1 1 1
C Chris Hines 26 10 2 1 1 0 1
C Joey King 20 8 3 1 0 0 1
C- Richard Carter 23 8 2 4 1 0 2
D+ Micah Mason 17 6 1 2 1 0 2
D Gary Ricks Jr. 16 4 1 1 0 0 1
D Daddy Ugbede 7 2 2 0 0 0 0
D Jeremy Jeffers 11 3 1 0 0 0 1
D- Matt Bowie 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
F M. McLaughlin 3 0 1 0 0 0 1
F Kori Babineaux 9 1 1 1 0 0 2
F Robert Puleikis 6 4 2 0 0 0 0
UNI Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Seth Tuttle 25 11 6 1 1 1 2
B- Jake Koch 27 10 6 2 1 1 2
C+ Anthony James 32 13 4 2 1 0 3
C+ Marc Sonnen 32 10 2 1 1 0 1
C+ Deon Mitchell 26 10 2 3 1 0 3
D+ Matt Bohannon 20 5 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Chip Rank 14 3 2 1 0 0 1
D Nate Buss 11 5 1 1 0 0 1
D M. Singleton 7 2 2 0 0 0 0
D Austin Pehl 7 1 2 1 0 0 1
D Max Martino 10 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Matt Morrison 7 2 1 1 0 0 0
F Chris Olivier 16 5 4 1 0 2 2
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