Aces back in Illinois on Saturday to face Bradley

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Game time set for 1 p.m.

 

A road trip through Illinois wraps up on Saturday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team faces Bradley in a 1 p.m. game inside Carver Arena.  ESPN3 and the Purple Aces Radio Network presented by Learfield will have live coverage.

 

Setting the Scene

– UE hopes to turn the tables on the Braves, who defeated the Aces by an 81-73 final at the Ford Center on January 30

– K.J. Riley and Evan Kuhlman led the team in scoring with 14 and 13 points, respectively

– Evansville held a 38-36 halftime lead, but the Braves shot 57.1% in the second half to pull away for the win

– Despite an all-time road mark of 5-20 against Bradley, Evansville has split its last four games in Peoria

– The Aces hope to put an end to a recent slide, falling in its last five games and nine out of ten overall

 

Last Time Out

– Loyola shot 69.6% in the first half and fended off several second-half challenges by the Aces to pick up a 70-58 win on Wednesday in Chicago

– The Ramblers were 7-of-9 from long range in the opening 20 minutes

– Marty Hill had a strong outing, knocking down 7 out of 10 shots and 4 of his 7 outside tries to total 18 points while John Hall scored 13

– UE played much better in the final 20 minutes, outscoring Loyola by a 29-27 tally

 

Takeaways from Loyola

– Evansville trailed Loyola by 14 points at the half; over the last five games, the Aces have averaged a 14.6-point deficit at the end of the first half

– Over the final 10 minutes of the first half, opponents have outscored UE by a 114-62 tally in the last five contests

– John Hall posted 13 points; it was his first double figure scoring game since January 26 at UNI

– Dainius Chatkevicius added another 7-point game; over the last five games, he has posted 9.6 points

– UE dropped to 0-6 this season when scoring 60 points or less

 

Looking to Rebound

– Entering the game at Loyola, John Hall averaged just 5.9 points in his previous seven contests

– He rebounded with a 13-point game against the Ramblers, marking his first 10-point game since Jan. 26 at UNI

– He continues to rank among the top rebounders in the MVC, sitting in fifth with 7.0 per game

– Outside shooting has been a strong point for Hall; over the last 11 games, he has connected on 20 out of 45 3-point tries

 

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