In a wild finishing game with an unexpected result, the Northern Iowa Panthers let Wichita State enter their humble abode, only to kick them out without dessert - or a win.
I'd like to start by cleaning up the mess that the announcers made.
As the game between Wichita State and Northern Iowa wound down, these gentlemen were lamenting a stretch of play where senior guard Anthony Edwards was "not being the senior leader" the Panthers needed to be by going to the free throw line on three consecutive possessions, and each time making the first and missing the second.
It was during this time that the men behind the mics tried to paint UNI as an inept charity-stripe squad who had come into tonight suffering consecutive close losses (to Evansville and Indiana State by four total points) primarily because of their ineptitude closing out games at the free throw line.
This is, for lack of a better term, a lie. It's an innocent lie born of laziness, but a lie nonetheless. How do I know? Because I spent five minutes reading over their stats, and this is what I found out:
- The Panthers shoot 75.7% at the free-throw line for the season, good enough to almost crack the top ten nationally.
- In their six contests decided by five points or less (which, coincidentally, includes both games against Evansville and both games against Indiana State, as well as their losses to Louisville and Memphis), they shot 73% 46-63) from the line overall and 77% (13-17) in the last five minutes of those contests.