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UNI set to open MVC tournament as the 3 seed

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Picking up wins in 9 of their final 10 games, the UNI men's basketball team rallied to secure the number 4 seed in the Missouri Valley tournament. The Panthers finished just one game behind a second place tie between Evansville and Illinois State.

Five weeks ago, UNI appeared in danger of finishing in the bottom 4 of the Missouri Valley Conference, which would have put them in Thursday's MVC Tournament Play-In game for the first time in 13 years. UNI opened the conference season winning just 2 of their first 8 games before something clicked.

Instead, they'll open in Friday's first round against 5th seeded Southern Illinois. The Panthers and Salukis split during the regular season with both winning on their home court. Tip off is set for approximately 2:30 in the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis.

THURSDAY, MARCH 3
6:00 pm -- Game 1 (#8 Loyola vs. #9 Bradley)
8:30 pm -- Game 2 (#7 Missouri State vs. #10 Drake)

FRIDAY, MARCH 4
12:00 pm -- GAME 3 (#1 Wichita State vs. Game 1 winner)
2:30 pm -- GAME 4 (#4 UNI vs. #5 Southern Illinois) 
6:00 pm -- GAME 5 (#2 Evansville vs. Game 2 winner)
8:30 pm -- GAME 6 (#3 Illinois State vs. #6 Indiana State)

SATURDAY, MARCH 5
2:30 pm -- GAME 7 (Game 3 & 4 winners)
5:00 pm -- GAME 8 (Game 5 & 6 winners)

SUNDAY, MARCH 6
1:00 pm -- MVC Championship Game

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