When Ben Jacobson arrived at breakfast Friday morning, the first thing he heard was laughter coming from his Northern Iowa players.
The Panthers were loose and comfortable three hours before taking the court, and just as calm later when Wyoming was trying to complete a huge comeback.
Northern Iowa had no interest in being the latest No. 5 seed to be upset by a 12th seed.
Paul Jesperson led five Northern Iowa players in double figures with 16 points, Seth Tuttle added 14 and the Panthers held off Wyoming's comeback for a 71-54 victory in an East Region matchup on Friday.
The Panthers (31-3) built a 21-point lead after scoring 11 of the first 12 points to start the...