The University of Northern Iowa Panthers (5-8, 0-2) will step into Gentile Arena tomorrow, January 4th, to face off with the Loyola Ramblers (10-5, 0-2).
Here's what you can expect and what to watch for as each team looks to grab their first Missouri Valley victory.
WHERE TO WATCH
RADIO: WLUW (88.7 FM)
All-Times Series: UNI leads 9-4
• Last Meeting: Loyola 59, UNI 56 (Feb. 17, 2016)
• Loyola swept the season series vs. UNI last season
• UNI is 3-3 all-time in road games vs. Loyola
Scouting the Opponent: Northern Iowa
- Power house 2016-17 schedule with notable games played against North Carolina, Xavier, and Oklahoma.
- Senior Guard Jeremy Morgan will be our Player to Watch. The MVC preseason player of the year is averaging 17.5 ppg /7.0 rpg while shooting a hot 40% for three point range.
- 6' 6" Junior center Ted Friedman leads the Panthers with 16 offensive rebounds.
- Have great size similar to Illinois State like we saw on New Year's Day. The Redbirds length gave Loyola all sorts of trouble and ended up running the Ramblers of out the gym.
Loyola is currently on a three game losing streak and an 0-2 start to MVC play. The Ramblers also snapped a seven game Gentile Arena win streak this past Sunday with a big loss to Illinois State. A third consecutive loss would really set back Loyola in the conference early on forcing them to be nearly perfect for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
Clayton Custer and Milton Doyle both had strong moments together in Sunday's loss. The two will need to be in sync come Tuesday as the offense will flow from their play. Custer is shooting 56.4% (22-for-39) from three-point range over the last nine games. Loyola has not been successful from beyond the arc in their past two losses. A testament to the importance he brings to the team, Loyola is 8-1 the last nine times Doyle has scored 20 or more points.
Freshman Cameron Satterwhite has provided a lift off the bench in the last two outings, averaging 7.5 ppg and solid overall play. Satterwhite has been a big relief off a somewhat quiet bench.
Our defense will really need to pick it up as it has been battered during this three game bump. Opponents are averaging 85.7 ppg and shooting 53.9% (90-for-167) from the field and 48.1% (26-for-54) from three-point land.
Missouri Valley Standings Update: (as of Jan. 2)