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Drake (10-5) at Northern Iowa (8-7)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 11, 8 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: McLeod Center (6,650) -- Cedar Falls, Iowa. Television: Panther Sports Network. Home Record: Drake 5-2, UNI 5-0. Away Record: Drake 3-2, UNI 1-5. Neutral Record: Drake 2-1, UNI 2-2. Conference Record: Drake 1-2, UNI 2-1. Series Record: Northern Iowa leads, 38-24.

GAME NOTES: The Drake Bulldogs will try to ruin the Panthers' perfect record at the McLeod Center when they square off with Northern Iowa in a Missouri Valley Conference tilt on Saturday.

Drake began its MVC season with a 94-66 rout of Evansville, but it has since lost two games in a row at Bradley (68-57) and versus Indiana State (77-73). The Bulldogs' recent two-game slide has dropped them to a 10-5 overall record, which includes a 3-2 mark in true road tests. Drake trailed the Sycamores by 10 points at the intermission before opening up the second period on an 18-7 run to take a 48-47 lead with 11:55 remaining. Indiana State outscored the Bulldogs, 15-6, from beyond the arc in the second half to pull away.

UNI began its brief two-game road trip with a 14-point loss to the undefeated Wichita State Shockers before bouncing back with an 80-53 triumph over Evansville on Wednesday. The Purple Aces made only 40 percent of their field goal attempts and allowed UNI to hit on 47 percent of its shots from beyond the arc in the contest. The Panthers will now return home, where they have built a 5-0 record, which includes wins over Virginia Commonwealth (77-68), Iona (80-46) and Bradley (80-46).

UNI holds a 38-24 lead in the all-time series versus Drake after winning eight of the last nine meetings with the Bulldogs. Drake has been defeated in four- straight visits to Cedar Falls.

Drake fell to ISU despite a stellar performance by Richard Carter, who poured in 29 points on 11-of-21 shooting from the field. Jordan Daniels added 15 points while Aaron Hawley scored 11 points. Seth Vandeest posted 10 points and blocked two shots in the loss. The Bulldogs have played well defensively by holding opponents to 66.7 ppg, which is second-best in the MVC. The Bulldogs are also second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.396). Carter is pumping in 18.5 ppg although he has been very streaky. Drake has another dangerous player in its backcourt in 5-foot-9 guard Jordan Daniels, who has netted 15 ppg in seven games this season. Daniels is in his first season with the program since transferring from Boston College, where he received significant playing time as a freshman in 2011-12.

The Panthers used a solid group effort to dismantle Evansville. Matt Bohannon finished with 17 points while Seth Tuttle added 14 points and seven rebounds. Wes Washpun contributed 12 points and five assists while Deon Mitchell and Chip Rank scored nine points each. Mitchell also accounted for six of UNI's 20 assists. The Panthers have outscored their foes by an average of 4.4 ppg this season. Mitchell is pacing the team with 13.1 ppg in addition to 3.4 apg. The 6-8 Tuttle contributes 12.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg and also rejects 1.3 shots per tilt on the defensive end of the floor.

Drake should not be taken lightly due to its dynamic backcourt duo. The Panthers' homecourt advantage may be too much for the Bulldogs to overcome, especially since UNI is doing such a great job of playing team basketball. The Panthers managed to dispatch a very talented VCU team at home earlier this season, which makes it seem unlikely Drake will fare any better.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Northern Iowa 73, Drake 66

01/11 10:37:50 ET

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Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
 
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
 
2nd
SAC 48
MIL 51
 
1st
GSW 11
OKC 25
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
 
2nd
EVAN 69
OHIO 69
 
Half
CSFU 30
CSDH 17
 
Half
ORST 48
DEP 28
 
Half
PAC 35
NEV 17
 
Half
USF 46
PORST 22
 
Half
IDAHO 49
WALLA 18
 
1st
UTST 15
CALST 16
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
 
1st
SJS 0
EDM 1
 
1st
LOS 0
STL 0
 
4th
JAC 21
TEN 13