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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

The Big 4 classic is this weekend in Des Moines.

And despite playing just once every two years, the Iowa Hawkeyes and Northern Iowa Panthers still know each other pretty well.

Players from UNI and Iowa routinely play with and against each other in summer Primetime League basketball games.

And Hawkeye head coach Fran McCaffery faced UNI twice as the head coach of Siena and three times since taking over at Iowa.

McCaffery is quite familiar with Ben Jacobson's coaching style, and says this year's Big 4 classic game against the Panthers will be one of the toughest tests Iowa faces this season.

"They have pieces that fit, so they have quickness in the back court, they have shooters on the perimeter," McCaffery said. "They have big guys that can shoot the ball. They had a great post player, probably a guy that's going to be the player of that year in the league, in Tuttle.

"The thing that stands out to me is that they're all in," he added. "Whether they're experienced or whether it's Jeremy or Wyatt or the younger guys, they all accept whatever role has been given to them, and they share the ball."

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