It’s been nearly three years since the U.N.I. basketball team has won a game within the borders of the state of Indiana, but the Panthers will look to reverse that trend tonight as they travel to face Indiana State.
The Panthers blew the Sycamores out 65-48 in their meeting in Cedar Falls earlier this month, but U.N.I. coach Ben Jacobson says that Indiana State is not a team to take lightly.
“We’d better prepare really well, it’s a team that’s gonna have a couple guys that can really play, and for the most part a group of guys who have had some success,” Jacobson says.
The last time these two teams met, U.N.I. held Indiana State’s leading scorer Jake Odum to just six points. Jacobson says the best word to describe Odum’s game is “creative,” and he is fun to watch when you are not playing against him.
Jacobson says that containing Odum will be job number one for the Panther, but says the senior guard is not Indiana State’s only weapon.
He says they’ve got a group of seniors who have played a lot and had a lot of success and can score.
The Panthers can even their conference record at 5-5 with a win in Terre Haute.
By Jesse Gavin, KCNZ, Cedar Falls