Northern Iowa Panthers 2006 NCAA Tournament
Northern Iowa Panthers - Missouri Valley
Seed: #10 - Minneapolis Regional
RPI: 23 AP: na
Big Wins: Iowa (67-63), at LSU (54-50), at Wichita St (75-61)
Bad Losses: at Iowa St (61-68), Creighton (52-55), at Indiana St (60-61)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2005, First Round
Top Players for Northern Iowa:
Ben Jacobson, Sr, G, 14.2 ppg, 3.8 apg
Grant Stout, Jr, F, 12.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg
Eric Coleman, So, F, 11.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg
Erik Crawford, Sr, G, 9.9 ppg, 2.3 apg
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Northern Iowa Panthers basketball notes:
Depth is a problem, and it caught up with UNI at the end of the season. Although an injury to Erik Crawford was part of the difficulty, the depth was the main cause as the Panthers lost five of their last seven. Six players average around 30 minutes per game, while nobody else averages over ten. With some time off before the NCAA Tournament, UNI will be well rested. The good news is the Panthers average only 14.5 fouls per game, so it is rare that any player needs to spend much time on the bench for that reason. Ben Jacobson is the go-to-guy, but he’s actually having a disappointing season. The senior guard is only shooting 39% from the floor and 33% from long range. He needs to find his stroke if the Panthers expect to make a Sweet Sixteen run. The experience is there for UNI, but they are undersized and will face some match-up issues.
Likely 2006 NCAA Tournament finish: First Round
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