The UNI men will play two games on national television in the next couple of weeks. The first is tomorrow night when the Panthers visit Creighton in Missouri Valley Conference play on ESPN-2. The Panthers will be looking to avenge a last second one-point loss to the Jays at the UNI-Dome earlier in the year. UNI is in fourth place in the Valley at 7-5, while Creighton is 5th at 6-6. Panther coach Greg McDermott has a lot of respect for the Blue Jay program, as he says they’ve been consistently strong, which he says is hard to do in any league. McDermott feels a win at Creighton could help UNI’s resume if they hope to play in the postseason. He says it would put them back on the map after beating Southern Illinois, and says would set them up for a strong stretch run. Creighton coach Dana Altman says UNI comes into the game with momentum. He says they’re playing well after going through some struggles. Altman says UNI provides a tough matchup.Creighton is 14-9 overall and Altman says their post-season hopes will ride on how well they do in the conference tournament. He says they’re behind the curve and need to play a little better and hopefully things will fall into place for the tournament.The Panthers will host their first-ever naqtionally televised game on February 19th when they play Western Michigan as part of the Bracket Busters. That game wil also be carried by ESPN-2.
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