Team preview: Northern Iowa

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2006-07 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 16, 2006, 12:27 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)


Ben Jacobson the player drew national attention for the Northern Iowa program last season on the basketball court.

Now the other Ben Jacobson, no relation, moves to the forefront in Cedar Falls as the new head coach of the Panthers, succeeding Greg McDermott who left for Iowa State after three straight NCAA Tournament appearances with UNI.

"Most people knew enough about us to know there were two of us here," said coach Jacobson, who spent five years as McDermott's top assistant. "To have this be my first head coaching job, I'm very fortunate."