(AP) -- Northern Iowa hasn't tasted defeat often this season, but Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year Ben Jacobson has been proud of how his team has responded following its previous losses.
After missing out on the regular-season title, the 11th-ranked Panthers look to win their first conference tournament game in five trips to St. Louis when they face No. 10 seed Bradley in the quarterfinals Friday night.
Northern Iowa (27-3) lost its first MVC game to Evansville on Jan. 1, then ran off a school-record 16 straight wins before falling 74-60 at then-No. 11 Wichita State on Saturday. Its only other loss was a 93-87 double-overtime heartbreaker at VCU on Dec. 13.