CEDAR FALLS --- The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team will make its home debut Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Coe College Kohawks in the McLeod Center. The Panthers (0-1 overall) have won 15 straight home games.
• UNI will unveil its Sweet 16 banner at the home opener on Tuesday against Coe College in the McLeod Center.
• The Panthers will also be playing their first game on their new home floor - the same floor the Panthers played on in the Sweet 16 in St. Louis last season. • Coe, a Division III school located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, holds a slim 17-16 lead in the all-time series, however the teams have not met since the 1951-52 season. UNI's last loss to Coe came in the 1939-40 season - a 29-23 victory for the Kohawks.
• The Panthers have won 15 straight games in the McLeod Center, which ranks as the nation's 8th-best mark heading into the 2010-11 season. In four years of playing home games in the McLeod Center, UNI has produced a home record of 45-14 (.763).
• UNI enters Tuesday's game vs. Coe having made least one made three-pointer in 326 straight games.
• UNI's last four opponents (UNLV - 1990, Kansas - 2008, Michigan State - 2000, Syracuse - 2003) dating back to last season have all won national championships since 1990.
• UNI returns eight letterwinners and two starters from last year's Panther squad that reached the Sweet 16 with an overall record of 30-5.
• UNI won back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference regular season (15-3) and State Farm MVC Tournament titles last season.
• UNI is one of 25 schools in the nation to have played in five of the last seven NCAA Tournaments. Here are the 25 schools to have competed in the NCAA Tournament in five of the past seven seasons: Arizona, Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Marquette, Memphis, Michigan State, North Carolina, Northern Iowa, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Villanova, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
Coe, a Division III school located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, holds a slim 17-16 lead in the all-time series, however the teams have not met since the 1951-52 season. UNI's last loss to Coe came in the 1939-40 season - a 29-23 victory for the Kohawks.
MORAN FINDS HIS MARK AGAINST THE ORANGE
Junior guard Johnny Moran led the Panthers with 15 points in UNI's season-opening game at No. 10-ranked Syracuse. Moran drained a team-high four 3-pointers in the game. Moran added three rebounds, two assists and a steal with no turnovers against the Orange.
Sophomore guard Anthony James posted a career-high 12 points off the bench at Syracuse. James made 4-of-6 shots from the field, including a 3-pointer. James was a perfect 3-for-3 at the free throw line. James' previous career-high was 8 points last season against Bradley.
PROTECTING THE HOME COURT
The Panthers have won 15 straight games in the McLeod Center, which ranks as the nation's 8th-best mark heading into the 2010-11 season.
The Panthers won 17 in a row from 1962-65 to set the school record for consecutive home wins. UNI won its final four homes games of the 1962-63 season, followed that up with an 11-0 home record in 1963-64 and then won its first two home games of the 1964-65 season to set the mark at 17 in a row.
In four years of playing home games in the McLeod Center, UNI has produced a home record of 45-14 (.763).
PERFECT HOME SEASON
UNI was a perfect 14-0 at the McLeod Center in 2009-10. It marked only the second time in school history the Panthers were undefeated in their home schedule. The only previous perfect home season came in 1963-64, when the Panthers went 11-0.
The 1988-89 UNI Panthers went 14-1 at home in the UNI-Dome.
KWADZO DISHES, TAKES CARE
For only the fourth time in Kwadzo Ahelegbe's Panther career he had at least four assists in a game and did not turn it over.
Ahelegbe posted four assists and zero turnovers in 31 minutes against No. 10-ranked Syracuse.
The previous three times Kwadzo had four assists and zero turnovers came in the 2008-09 season
4 Assists, 0 Turnovers for Kwadzo
11/23/08 vs. Texas Southern (5 assists)
12/3/08 vs. Iowa State (4 assists)
1/17/09 at Drake (4 assists)
11/12/10 at Syracuse (4 assists)