For the second time this season, the University of Northern Iowa Panthers have upset an opponent who entered the game undefeated and ranked top-5 in the nation. On Saturday, that opponent was the in-state rival Iowa State Cyclones, who lost by a final score of 81-79. Earlier this season, UNI had defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels, 71-67.
The Panthers have had some unsightly losses in-between their two signature victories, though. In fact, the team had lost two of their three most recent games, to Richmond and to New Mexico. The team’s 6-3 start to the season is actually pretty underwhelming compared to the previous season’s 31-4 campaign that landed them a 5-seed in the March Madness Tournament. Last year’s team leader, Seth Tuttle, appeared in the Summer League for the Miami Heat and is currently playing professionally in Germany.
Entering the game on Saturday, Iowa State had beat their first nine opponents of the season by an average of 17.4 points per game, and has five players who average double digits in scoring.