#58 Northern Iowa Panthers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

By returning practically everybody from a year ago, the Northern Iowa Panthers figure to bounce back after a mediocre 2011-12 season.  They don’t have the talent of Missouri Valley foe Creighton but could nip on their heels in the conference race.

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Northern Iowa vs. #12 Wisconsin Badgers: Brutally Honest Preview

For the seventh consecutive season, the Wisconsin Badgers will play a team from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) or otherwise known as your “cupcakes” of the college football world.

Even if the Northern Iowa Panthers are coming off a 10-3 season, it shouldn’t matter much to the Badgers who have obliterated FCS foes by an average of roughly 31 points per game.

What is unique about this game is the fact that the Panthers are visiting Camp Randall for the Badgers season opener and not the third or fourth game like teams from the FCS have commonly done in years before.

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Michigan St. vs. Northern Iowa Preview

By Jeff Ghiringhelli

The hobbled Michigan State Spartans were happier than anybody to see Northern Iowa pull of their historic upset of Kansas this past weekend. A Sweet Sixteen matchup with number one overall seed Kansas was staring them in the face, but then the Jayhawks were sent packing. All of the injuries that have hit the Spartans recently would have made a game against Kansas a nightmare scenario.

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