What: Northern Iowa (4-5) vs. No. 21 Iowa (7-2) in men’s basketball
When/where: Saturday, 6 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
TV: BTN (Jeff Levering, Shon Morris)
Satellite radio: Sirius 106, XM 196
Series: Iowa leads, 35-10
Panthers data: UNI has split its last 14 games against Iowa. … UNI freshman AJ Green scored 24 points in his last game at Wells Fargo, Cedar Falls’ Class 4A state-title win over Iowa City West. … Through Wednesday, Green was 12th in the nation in free-throw percentage at .926 (25-of-27). … Green (15.8 ppg) is the only Panther averaging more than 10 points per game.
Panthers guard Wyatt Lohaus and Hawkeyes guard Connor McCaffery were teammates on Iowa City West’s 4A state champions. … UNI has played games in Texas, Virginia, Utah, Minnesota and the Virgin Islands. … UNI is 1-6 against the Nevada point spread this season. … The Panthers and Hawkeyes lead their conferences in free throw percentage.
Hawkeyes data: How much junior forward Cordell Pemsl plays for Iowa the rest of this season is an unknown. Thursday, Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said “I think so,” when asked if Pemsl would play in this game. Asked if Pemsl, who has a knee issue that will eventually require surgery, would play the rest of this season, McCaffery said “It’s a possibility, I guess, but it’s up to him. It really is legitimately day-to-day; how he feels.”
Six Big Ten teams are ranked. Iowa is the only one that’s 0-2 in conference play. … Freshman guard Joe Wieskamp had 29 points the last time he played at Wells Fargo, a Class 4A state-tournament quarterfinal loss to Iowa City West last March. … Hawkeye forward Tyler Cook has averaged 20.0 points and 11.3 rebounds over his last three games. … Cook is 14 points from 1,000 in his career.
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Jordan Bohannon is one 3-pointer from 200 in his career. … Iowa is 3-6 against the Nevada point spread. … Iowa’s Nicholas Baer has 38 points, 23 rebounds, nine blocks and seven steals over his previous three Hy-Vee Classic games. … Iowa has made 56.2 percent of its field goal tries over its last two games against in-state schools (Iowa State last week, Drake in Des Moines last year). ... Connor McCaffery leads the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.56. ... Iowa’s next three opponents are all lower than 300th in the Kenpom.com ratings and Sagarin ratings.