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Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball

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Northern Iowa Panthers
2019–20 Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball team
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UniversityUniversity of Northern Iowa
Head coachBen Jacobson (14th season)
ConferenceMissouri Valley
NCAA Division I Division
LocationCedar Falls, Iowa
ArenaMcLeod Center
(Capacity: 7,018)
Student sectionPanther Mayhem
ColorsPurple and Old Gold[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1990, 2010, 2015, 2016
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1990, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016
Conference Tournament Champions
1990, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016
Conference Regular Season Champions
2009, 2010, 2020

The Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball team represents the University of Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. UNI is currently a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

Postseason results

NCAA Division I Tournament

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1990 #14 First Round
Second Round
#3 Missouri
#6 Minnesota
W 74–71
L 78–81
2004 #14 First Round #3 Georgia Tech L 60–65
2005 #11 First Round #6 Wisconsin L 52–57
2006 #10 First Round #7 Georgetown L 49–54
2009 #12 First Round #5 Purdue L 56–61
2010 #9 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#1 Kansas
#5 Michigan State
W 69–66
W 69–67
L 52–59
2015 #5 First Round
Second Round
#12 Wyoming
#4 Louisville
W 71–54
L 53–66
2016 #11 First Round
Second Round
#6 Texas
#3 Texas A&M
W 75–72
L 88–92 (2OT)

NCAA Division II Tournament

Year Round Opponent Result
1962 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Nebraska Wesleyan
W 81–68
L 77–78
1964 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Third Place Game
Washington-St. Louis
Mankato State
Southeast Missouri
North Carolina A&T
W 71–56
W 71–64 (OT)
W 93–85
L 67–82
L 72–91
1979 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Wisconsin-Green Bay
W 84–72
L 50–56

NIT Tournament history

Season Seed Eliminated
Teams Defeated Lost to
2012 (7) Second Round (2) Saint Joseph's (3) Drexel

CIT Tournament history

Season Eliminated
Teams Defeated Lost to
2011 Quarterfinals Rider SMU
2013 Semifinals North Dakota
Weber State

Other tournaments

Coaching history

Coach Years Record Pct. Titles
No Coach 1901–1902 1–3 .250 0
Jones 1903 0–2 .000 0
Charles Pell 1904–1906 11–12 .478 0
R. F. Seymour 1907–1909 14–15 .483 0
Clayton Simmons 1910 4–3 .571 0
H. Pasini 1912–1913 8–12 .400 0
Allen Berkstresser 1914–1917 10–12 .455 0
No Coach 1918 5–5 .500 0
Russell Glaesner 1919 2–6 .250 0
Ivan Doseff 1920–1921 14–14 .500 0
L. L. Mendenhall 1922–1924 27–7 .794 0
Arthur D. Dickinson 1925–1932
102–66 .607 0
Melvin Fritzel 1933 9–4 .692 0
O. M. "Hon" Nordly 1938–43
166–127 .567 5
Stan Hall 1955–1956 19–22 .463 0
James Witham 1957–1961 63–49 .563 0
Norm Stewart 1962–1967 97–42 .563 2
Zeke Hogeland 1968–1973 70–74 .486 1
James Berry 1974–1986 144–210 .407 1
Eldon Miller 1987–1998 164–178 .480 0
Sam Weaver 1999–2001 30–57 .345 0
Greg McDermott 2002–2006 90–63 .588 1
Ben Jacobson 2007–Present 219–116 .652 2
Totals 1900–2014 1145-1056 .520 12

Ben Jacobson era

Jacobson's biggest coaching accomplishment to date was in the 2009–10 season, when the Panthers made a run into the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament highlighted by an upset of top national seed Kansas. columnist Pat Forde called the Panthers' win "the biggest tourney upset in years," and called the clinching shot by Panthers guard Ali Farokhmanesh "the gutsiest early-round shot in NCAA tournament history."

Jacobson also coached UNI as it became the first college program ever to represent the United States of America at an international basketball competition. In August 2007, UNI was chosen to be Team USA at the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand. Donning the Red, White and Blue, UNI went 5–1 in the tournament, losing only to eventual gold medalist Lithuania, while posting wins over Angola, Turkey, China, Finland and Israel.

On November 15, 2014, Jacobson became the all-time win leader for a coach in UNI Men's basketball history. After recording a win over his alma mater University of North Dakota, he notched his 167th UNI victory. Additionally, in the 2014–15 season, Jacobson led the Panthers to their highest ranking in school history (#10) in the AP and (#9) in the Coaches Poll. UNI also in that season achieved the most wins in the school's history with 31. Jacobson has also been awarded the Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year award in 2009, 2010, and 2015.

On November 21, 2015, Jacobson led UNI to a victory over #1 North Carolina. The win was one of the biggest in program history and came in just the first meeting of the two basketball programs. Just four days later the coach hit another career milestone. After defeating the University of Dubuque in convincing fashion, the coach recorded his 200th victory at the university.

In the first round of the MVC tournament, Jacobson notched his 250th Northern Iowa career win against Evansville on March 1, 2018.

Notable players


The school has several statewide and national rivalries. In Iowa, UNI used to play two, if not three of its Iowa neighbors for the Iowa Big Four men's college basketball mythical championship. The university also used to play either the University of Iowa or Iowa State University in the Hyvee Big Four Classic held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. UNI’s MVC rivals are Loyola, Bradley, Drake, and Missouri State.


  1. ^ Color (PDF). University of Northern Iowa Branding & Style Guide. August 3, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Katz, Andy (July 10, 2009). "U.S. to play Israel for bronze". Retrieved July 10, 2009.
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