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Northern Iowa’s dominant road defense makes Panthers a serious postseason threat

Northern Iowa is incredible defensively. The Panthers have the 16th-most efficient defense in the nation, according to kenpom.com, after a 58-39 throttling of Loyola on the road Wednesday. That’s surprising because Northern Iowa had nearly the exact same group of players last season, and that team had the 187th-most efficient defense per kenpom.com. There was minimal change in personnel...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Nate Buss lifts No. 20 Northern Iowa over Illinois State with late shot

  Nate Buss probably wasn't the first Northern Iowa player that Illinois State expected to take the deciding shot. But Buss was more than ready. Buss hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with 5.1 seconds left and No. 20 Northern Iowa edged Illinois State 54-53 on Sunday. ''This shot was in my head all game,'' Buss said. A senior reserve, Buss hasn't started this season and was averaging...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left completes Northern Iowa comeback at Illinois State

Trailing by 12 points in the second half at Illinois State, it appeared Northern Iowa’s six-game winning streak was coming to a close. But the Panthers rallied, and this 3-pointer by forward Nate Buss with 5.2 seconds left gave them a 54-53 victory. Northern Iowa is now 7-1 in the MVC, one game behind first-place Wichita State. The Panthers and Shockers meet for the first time this...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Northern Iowa 80, Loyola 58

Photo: Jeff Becker Loyola Chicago’s road troubles continued Wednesday with a 80-58 loss at Northern Iowa (12-13, 6-7 MVC). The Ramblers (9-16, 4-9) defeated Northern Iowa at home in January, but since then they had been 1-3 in their last four games. Loyola held a 20-14 lead more than halfway through the first half thanks to the three-point shooting of sophomore Devon Turk and junior...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

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