Preview: Northern Iowa Panthers

The Panthers must improve offensive rebounding to take the next step

Updated: October 7, 2013, 8:43 AM ET
By Greg Rosenstein | ESPN Insider

Deon MitchellJohn S. Peterson/Icon SMDeon Mitchell (9.3 points and 3.6 assists a game) is one of the Missouri Valley's most versatile guards.

Northern Iowa Panthers

2012-13: 21-15 (11-7 in Missouri Valley)
In-conference offense: 1.03 points per possession (4th)
In-conference defense: .96 points per possession (1st)

Northern Iowa has consistently been one of the better programs in the MVC, reaching at least some form of postseason tournament every season since 2009. But for the Panthers to go from an upper-tier team to a title contender, head coach Ben Jacobson says one area must be improved: offensive rebounding.