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Wyoming holds off CS Bakersfield 68-64

Josh Adams scored 23 points, Jonathan Barnes had a go-ahead dunk with 13 seconds left, and Wyoming held off a second-half rally to beat CS Bakersfield 68-64 on Wednesday night.


Final: Northern Iowa 71, Wyoming 54

The Panthers got 41 points from bench players in the win. Deon Mitchell (pictured) was one of five UNI players with 10+ points. The last time UNI was in the Round of 32, it beat Kansas. Next up is the winner of Louisville-UC Irvine.

Northern Iowa's lead looks safe

Five different Panthers have scored in double figures today as UNI's lead is up to 14 with under 4 minutes left. Seth Tuttle, who has the second-best Player Efficiency Rating (PER) in the nation, has 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists.

Unlikely source of points for UNI

Northern Iowa's Paul Jesperson has 13 points off the bench today to lead the team. He had 4 points combined in the Panthers' 3-game run in the Missouri Valley Tournament.


Wyoming star warming up

Larry Nance Jr. has scored Wyoming's first 13 points in the second half after scoring just 1 in the first. The Cowboys still trail Northern Iowa by double digits in Seattle.


Half: Northern Iowa 35, Wyoming 24

Northern Iowa's defense is living up to the hype as Wyoming has managed just 1 offensive rebound in the first half. Larry Nance Jr. has more fouls (2) than shot attempts (1). Box score

Panthers' bench a difference-maker

Northern Iowa's bench has 13 points so far -- which is more than Wyoming's starters have combined (11). Follow live

Thunderous start for Wyoming ... almost

Wyoming's Derek Cooke Jr. went flying in for a dunk over a Northern Iowa defender on the game's first possession but the ref took the points off the board and called a charge. But both teams are coming out firing, combining to make 4 of their first 5 shots in the game.

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Northern Iowa or Wyoming: Who ya got?

ESPN's Andy Katz: "I'm leaning toward Northern Iowa. I loved the way the Panthers played defense at times this season. [Seth] Tuttle and [Larry] Nance are both sensational players. But the Panthers have been more consistent this season."

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Wyoming-Northern Iowa by the numbers

  • 77.7% of brackets filled out on ESPN had Northern Iowa advancing
  • Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has Northern Iowa as a 6-point favorite
  • ESPN's BPI gives the Panthers a 85.3% chance to advance

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Wyoming vs. Northern Iowa (1:40 p.m. ET)

Northern Iowa gave up just 54.4 points a game this season. Wyoming wasn't far behind, giving up 56. Maybe Seth Tuttle, who hit double figures in 29 of 33 games this year, can provide some offense for UNI, who has only advanced past the Round of 64 once.

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Obama bracket: Early upsets, chalk for title

Like Vegas oddsmakers and nearly half the people in ESPN's Tournament Challenge, President Barack Obama likes Kentucky to win the NCAA men's basketball championship.

Most likely 12-over-5 upsets

According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index, Buffalo is the only 12 seed with at least a 30 percent chance to win. Remember that 12 seeds are 8-4 against 5 seeds over the previous three years.

Best 12-seed over 5-seed picks

Inevitably, a No. 12 tops a No. 5 in the NCAA tournament -- it has happened in the last seven straight years and 13 of the last 14 years.

Team Stats

Points Per Game77.8Tied-135th
Rebounds Per Game32.0Tied-318th
Assists Per Game14.4Tied-131st
Points Allowed72.3167th