Denver vs. Northern Iowa: Full Game Preview

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Denver vs. Northern Iowa: Full Game Preview
Denver
(17-8, 7-6 away)
Northern Iowa
(17-11, 12-3 home)
Venue: McLeod Center
8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Denver C Udofia 12.4 R O`Neale 5.5 C Udofia 3.3
Northern Iowa A James 12.4 J Koch 6.4 D Mitchell 3.3

On Saturday, Northern Iowa plays host to Denver at McLeod Center. The game tips off at 8 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN3.com. The Panthers are 2-0 against the Pioneers over the last four years. The last time they met (Nov. 13, 2009) they won 71-65.

The 19 points and 12 rebounds by Seth Tuttle helped the Panthers to a 69-63 victory over Missouri State on Feb. 19. He contributes 6.2 rebounds per game in addition to his 10.8 points per game. In a 62-41 blowout of San Jose State on Feb. 16, Chris Udofia put up 13 points and 5 rebounds for the Pioneers. He leads the team in points with 12.4 per game, assists with 3.3 per game, and blocks with 2.2 per game.

Northern Iowa has a statistical advantage over Denver in one significant category, rebounding, where the Panthers have an edge over the Pioneers, 31 per game to 25 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Denver is strong in the following categories: effective field goal percentage at 56.3 percent and turnover percentage at 19.1 percent.

Denver StatSmack

  • Northern Iowa has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Denver (five vs. zero).
  • A for effort, but Northern Iowa has emerged victorious against Denver the last two times they've played.
  • Northern Iowa players are more experienced than Denver players (15,976 minutes played vs. 11,687 minutes played).
  • The best team in the Missouri Valley has a much higher RPI than the best team in the WAC (No. 34 vs. No. 52).
  • The Northern Iowa scoring leader (Anthony James, 314 points) has more points than the Denver scoring leader (Chris Udofia, 310 points).
  • The Northern Iowa assist leader (Deon Mitchell, 89 assists) has more assists than the Denver assist leader (Royce O`Neale, 84 assists).
  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, rebounds, field goals made, free throws made, three-pointers, assists, and steals are in the Missouri Valley.
  • Northern Iowa is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Northern Iowa is 213 lbs compared to 198 lbs for Denver.
  • AP voters think more highly of Northern Iowa and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Denver (10 vs. zero).
  • The Missouri Valley has a conference RPI that is better than the WAC (No. 9 vs. No. 13).
DEN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Chris Udofia 31 12 5 3 2 2 2
C+ Royce O`Neale 35 12 6 3 1 0 2
C+ Chase Hallam 31 10 4 2 2 1 1
C Brett Olson 34 11 2 2 1 0 1
C- Cam Griffin 21 6 3 2 1 0 1
C- Jalen Love 23 7 1 2 1 0 1
D Nate Engesser 9 3 1 1 0 0 0
D Marcus Byrd 8 2 1 1 0 0 0
D Dom Samac 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
D Blake Foeman 11 2 1 1 0 0 1
D Bryant Rucker 5 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Charles Webb 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jake Logan 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 2
C+ Marc Sonnen 33 10 2 2 1 0 1
C+ Deon Mitchell 26 9 2 3 1 0 3
C- Matt Bohannon 22 5 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Chip Rank 15 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Nate Buss 10 4 1 0 0 0 0
D Austin Pehl 6 1 2 0 0 0 0
D M. Singleton 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Max Martino 9 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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