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Saturday, June 3, 2006 - Page updated at 09:42 PM

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Information in this article, originally published May 31, was corrected June 03. A previous version of this story contained an error. A basketball tournament hosted by the University of Washington will include the University of Northern Iowa, not Northern Iowa University as reported in a Wednesday story. Former coach Greg McDermott left Northern Iowa to coach Iowa State, not Iowa, as reported in the story.

Northern Iowa joins UW basketball tourney

Seattle Times staff reporter

The University of Northern Iowa, a consistent power in the Missouri Valley Conference of late, has been added to the Basketball Travelers Classic to be hosted by the University of Washington Nov. 12-14.

Northern Iowa is 65-31 the past three years, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament each season. Last year, UNI finished 23-10 after losing to Georgetown 54-49 in the first round of the tournament.

UNI made news early in the season by beating Iowa and also won at LSU, 54-50, victories that helped the Panthers finish with an RPI of 35.

Northern Iowa will return three of its top six scorers but will have a new coach in Ben Jacobson, who replaces Greg McDermott, who left to become the coach at Iowa State.

Pepperdine has already been confirmed as a participant in the tournament, a round-robin affair in which each team will play the other, each playing three games. UW still needs to add one more team for the tournament.

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