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UNI credits non-conference schedule for NIT Bid


The University of Northern Iowa Panthers have a second life.  Sunday night, UNI was selected to the National Invitation Tournament as a seventh seed.  The Panthers will open up on the road at second seeded St. Joseph's in Philadelphia Wednesday night.

UNI finished the season tied for third in the Missouri Valley, but a 10-1 non-conference record bolstered their resume getting them in the second most prestigious tournament behind the NCAAs.

St Joseph's finished tied for 5th in the Atlantic-10.

Last year the Panthers played in the CollegeInsider's.com tournament where they got to play two games on their home floor.

UNI head coach Ben Jacobson said while the NCAA tournament is always the goal, he's happy his team got invited to the NIT over the other tournaments. Coach Jacobson believes the Panthers' strength of schedule was a key factor in getting selected.

Game time is set for 6:15 p.m. Wednesday night.





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