Does slipper still fit for UNI?

Jake Koch will be asked to handle more of the scoring load for Northern Iowa this season. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Can Northern Iowa top last season?

Heading into the 2011 season, one question continues to surface about the Valley: Is Northern Iowa still the team to beat? Over the past two seasons, the Panthers have controlled the conference, going 29-7 in MVC play. But so many pieces of the two-time conference tournament champs have exhausted their eligibility -- Jordan Eglseder, Adam Koch and Ali Farokhmanesh -- that it's fair to wonder if the Panthers have enough to again challenge for the top spot.