Riding the heels of a three-game winning streak the UNI men’s basketball team takes on Southern Illinois tomorrow night in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Panthers are 19-8 overall after Saturday’s victory at home over Western Michigan.Panther coach Greg McDermott says it’s a tall order to go to Southern Illinois and win, but he says that’s what makes it fun, to go into someone’s building where they don’t lose very often and try and knock them off. The Panthers are still in the Valley title hunt with a 9-6 conference mark. McDermott says he’s been a Cubs fan a long time, so until they’re mathematically eliminated, they’ll keep fighting.Chris Lowery is trying to lead Southern to it’s fourth straight Valley regular season title in his first season as coach. He says the pressure to keep the string going is more than getting it started, as he says when you win there are certain expectations. UNI won the first meeting with the Salukis in Cedar Falls and Lowery says rebounding was the major reason.Southern is 12-3 in the Valley and 22-6 overall.
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