Wichita State vs. Northern Iowa: Full Game Preview

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Wichita State vs. Northern Iowa: Full Game Preview
(15) Wichita State
(19-3, 6-2 away)
Northern Iowa
(11-11, 9-3 home)
Venue: McLeod Center
4:00PM ET / 1:00PM PT, February 02, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Wichita State C Early 15.2 C Hall 7.8 M Armstead 3.9
Northern Iowa A James 12.2 J Koch 6.4 D Mitchell 3.5

Northern Iowa hosts No. 15 Wichita State at McLeod Center on Saturday. Tip-off is at 4:00 EST and you can see it on ESPN 2. The Panthers fell to the Shockers 66-41 on December 30th and are 4-6 against them over the last four years.

Northern Iowa is 6th in the conference and Wichita State is 1st. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

In their last match-up on January 29th, Marc Sonnen put up 11 points for the Panthers in a loss to Evansville, 54-51. He is putting up 9.6 points per game while also averaging 2.3 rebounds per game. For the Shockers, Cleanthony Early finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the 68-55 loss to Indiana State on January 29th. His 15.2 points per game is the highest mark on the team. Wichita State will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: offensive rebounding percentage at 38.9 and defensive rebounding percentage at 73.5.

Wichita State StatSmack

  • Northern Iowa takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Wichita State (5 vs 2).
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Northern Iowa has a stronger schedule than Wichita State this season (SOS Rank: #46 vs #92).
  • Northern Iowa is better under pressure, and has defeated Wichita State in 9 out of the last 12 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • Marc Sonnen is ranked 35th nationally in three-pointers.
  • Northern Iowa is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Northern Iowa is 213 lbs compared to 208 lbs for Wichita State.
  • At least you keep showing up. Northern Iowa has an average margin of victory of 8 over Wichita State in 24 wins since 1991.
  • Northern Iowa is a better three-point shooting team (36.9% vs 32.6%) than Wichita State this season.
  • Northern Iowa is a better free-throw-shooting team (75.7% vs 67.9%) than Wichita State this season.
  • The Northern Iowa rebounding leader (Jake Koch) has more rebounds than the Wichita State rebounding leader (Carl Hall).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Northern Iowa has come back to win after being down at half against Wichita State 6 times since 2001.
WSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Carl Hall 27 12 8 1 0 2 1
B C. Early 25 15 5 1 1 1 2
B- M. Armstead 26 9 4 4 2 0 2
C+ Ron Baker 25 7 3 2 1 0 1
C+ D. Williams 27 9 2 3 2 0 2
C Tekele Cotton 22 6 4 2 1 0 1
C Evan Wessel 19 6 2 2 0 0 1
C Ehimen Orukpe 18 4 5 0 0 2 1
C- Fred Van Vleet 15 3 2 2 1 0 1
C- Nick Wiggins 13 5 2 0 0 0 1
C- Jake White 12 4 4 0 0 0 1
D+ Chadrack Lufile 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
UNI Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Seth Tuttle 26 11 6 2 1 1 2
B- Jake Koch 28 10 6 2 1 1 2
C+ Anthony James 32 12 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 0 0 0 1
D+ Nate Buss 10 4 1 0 0 0 0
D M. Singleton 6 2 2 0 0 0 0
D Austin Pehl 6 1 2 0 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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