|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.
- 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).