On Saturday afternoon two Mid-Major heavy weights will meet in Cedar Falls, Iowa for the first of two meetings that will take place over the next month. Wichita State will be visiting Northern Iowa in the first matchup between two nationally ranked Missouri Valley Conference schools since 1982. Both teams have earned these rankings by putting together 19-2 starts while beating plenty of bigger opponents on the way. The winner on Saturday will be on the fast track to a number one seed going into the MVC Tournament.
The Panthers and Shockers are two of the hottest teams in all of college basketball by winning 8 and 9 games in a row respectively. Defending MVC Champion Wichita State is led by Veteran sharp shooter Ron Baker as well as a very experienced surrounding cast that only lost one game last season. Northern Iowa will lean on its ‘do-everything’ Senior Seth Tuttle Saturday afternoon. To beat Northern Iowa you need to shut down Tuttle who leads the Panthers this season in points, rebounds, and assists per game. Will Wichita State continue its dominance in the MVC or are the Panthers going to emerge as the team to beat?