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, Drake heads to McLeod Center to take on Northern Iowa. Tip-off occurs at 3:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN3.com. The Bulldogs are 2-7 against the Panthers over the last four years. They fell 66-52 on 1/22/2012, the last time they met.

This game will separate Northern Iowa and Drake, who currently share 7th place in the Missouri Valley.

In their last match-up, Chris Hines finished with 21 points in the Bulldogs 83-69 victory over Evansville on January 16th. He is averaging 10.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. For the Panthers, Anthony James finished with 25 points and 6 rebounds in the 79-68 loss to Creighton on January 15th. His 12.5 points per game is the highest mark on the team.

Northern Iowa StatSmack

  • Seth VanDeest is ranked 7th in the Missouri Valley in blocks.
  • Drake is better under pressure, and has defeated Northern Iowa in 7 out of the last 11 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • Ben Simons is ranked 5th in the Missouri Valley in points and 1st in the Missouri Valley in three-pointers.
  • The Drake rebounding leader (Jordan Clarke) has more rebounds than the Northern Iowa rebounding leader (Jake Koch).
  • The Drake scoring leader (Ben Simons) has more points than the Northern Iowa scoring leader (Deon Mitchell).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Drake has come back to win after being down at half against Northern Iowa 6 times since 1998.
  • Jordan Clarke is ranked 3rd in the Missouri Valley in rebounds.
  • The Drake three-point leader (Ben Simons) has more three-pointers than the Northern Iowa three-point leader (Marc Sonnen).
  • Richard Carter is ranked 7th in the Missouri Valley in assists.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Drake currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (977 to 970) than Northern Iowa, per the NCAA.
  • Drake is a better three-point shooting team (41.0% vs 35.9%) than Northern Iowa this season.
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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