St. Joe NIT Preview Box

Northern Iowa (19-13) at St. Joseph’s (20-13)

NIT First round game.

Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. at Hagan Arena.

At Stake: The winner meets the winner of the Drexel-UCF game.

Common Opponent – Creighton

St. Joseph’s beat visiting Creighton, 80-71 on Dec. 10. UNI split with Creighton, each winning on its home court.

Most recent game:

UNI – lost to Illinois State, 54-42 in the quarterfinal of the Missouri Valley Tournament on March 2.

SJU – Lost to eventual champion St. Bonaventure, 71-68 in an Atlantic-10 quarterfinal on March 9.

 Coaches:

UNI: Ben Jacobson (6th season, 128-70).

 SJU - Phil Martelli (17th season, 320, 222).

 PROBABLE LINEUPS

UNI

G Deon Mitchell 6-1 Fr., 7.0 ppg., 2.1 rpg.

G Johnny Moran 6-1 Sr., 7.3 ppg., 3.0 rpg.

G Marc Sonnen 6-3 Jr., 8.5 ppg., 2.2 rpg.

F Seth Tuttle 6-8 Fr., 9.2 ppg., 5.3 rpg.

F Jake Koch 6-9 Jr., 8.8 ppg., 5.5 rpg., 2.7 apg.

 ST JOSEPH'S

G Carl Jones, 5-11 Sr. 16.8 ppg., 3.4 reb., 3.2 apg.

G Langston Galloway, 6-2 So. 15.8 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 2.3 apg.

C C.J. Aiken 6-9 So. 10.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg. 3.6 bpg.

F Daryus Quarles, 6-6 So. 5.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg.

F. Halil Kanacevic, 6-8 So., 8.3 ppg.; 8.2 rpg., 3.7 apg.

 Key off the bench

UNI – Anthony James, 6-0 Jr, 12.9 ppg., 4.4 rpg.

SJU – Ronald Roberts 6-8 So., 10.9 ppg., 6.0 rpg.

 FAST FACTS

*James, UNI’s only double-figure scorer, stated 23 games, but has been coming off the bench recently.

*Jones has scored in double figures in 11 consecutive games for the Hawks and has three straight of 20 or more points.

*UNI is making its fourth straight postseason appearance. The Panthers were in the NCAA Tournament in 2009 (first round) and 2010 (Sweet 16) and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2011 (quarterfinals).

*SJU is making its first postseason appearance since 2008 where the Hawks lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

*This is St. Joseph’s 10th postseason appearance under coach Phil Martelli (five NCAA, five NIT).

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