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Panthers prep for conference opener

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- The UNI basketball team opens conference play in a very tough environment playing Creighton at the Qwest Center in Omaha.

The Panthers already have won in a very hostile environment this season when they knocked off Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum on December 2.  Coach Ben Jacobson says games like that definite help prepare his team for what they'll face later on.

"There's no question that our non-conference schedule has helped prepare us for conference play this year, and playing at Iowa State, that's the kind of atmosphere we see at Omaha and some other places around our league," says Jacobson, "Our guys already had an opportunity to see some of those crowds this year.  It's very good for our team to have done that."

The Panthers and Blue Jays tip off at 7:00 Tuesday night in Omaha.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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