Aces travel to Peoria for Wednesday contest at Bradley

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Tip is set for 7 p.m.

 EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Looking to get back on the winning track, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team returns to the road on Wednesday evening for a 7 p.m. game against Bradley inside Carver Arena.  ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network will have the coverage.

Season Update

– The MVC recently announced make-up dates for games that have been postponed

– On Jan. 21, UE travels to Illinois State for a 6 p.m. game before ISU returns the trip two days later in a 1 p.m. game at the Ford Center

– Evansville will play Indiana State in Terre Haute on Feb. 8 before the Sycamores come to Evansville on the 10th

 

Last Time Out

– Another one came down to the wire on Saturday with Drake defeating the Purple Aces by a 60-59 final inside the Ford Center

– Trailing by as many as nine points in the second half, UE stormed back and had a chance to win at the buzzer before two shots came up short

– Jawaun Newton had one his top games of the season, totaling 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting along with tying for the top rebound tally in the game with nine

– Shamar Givance recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals

 

Clamping Down

– Through six homes games, the UE defense has shined, allowing the opposition to score an average of just 56.33 points per game…just one opponent has scored over 60 points at the Ford Center this season with UCF finishing with 75 on Nov. 20

– In eight road/neutral site games, the opposition has averaged 74.25 PPG

 

Taking Care of the Ball

– One of the things that has kept the Aces in each contest over the recent stretch has been the ability to take care of the ball

– The last seven games have seen UE turn the ball over just 57 times – an average of 8.1 per game…that tally is lower than the national leader in that statistic

– Evansville has finished with single digit turnovers in five of the last seven games and has not turned it over more than 11 times during that span

– That is a huge disparity from the first seven outings where UE committed 99 turnovers, an average of 14.1 per game

 

Another 20-point Performance

– For the second time this season and first since his 30-point game against Rice, Jawaun Newton finished with 21 points against Drake

– His season average is 14.3 PPG, but over the last nine games, he has recorded 16.4

– Newton continues to rack up the rebounds a the top level of his career, pacing the squad with 5.9 per game; that average is even higher over the last seven games with his mark standing at 7.0

Making the Adjustment

– As his freshman season has moved along, Blake Sisley has looked more and more comfortable at the next level

– After scoring a total of three points in his first six games, Sisley has averaged 6.5 points in the last four outings

– His top game saw him hit 5 out of 6 attempts on his way to 12 points versus Tennessee Tech

– Sisley has earned more playing time as the season has moved along, culminating in his top total of 24:33 against Drake

 

Scouting the Opponent

– A 78-71 overtime loss at Loyola on Saturday saw Bradley fall to 7-9 on the season and 1-3 through four MVC contests

– The Braves defeated UNI in the conference opener in December by a 71-69 final, but have fallen in three close games since the New Year

– Terry Roberts has leads the Braves in points, assist and steals

– His average of 15.3 PPG is 7th in the Valley while he ranks third with 4.2 assists per game and second with his average of 1.7 steals

– Rienk Mast is Bradley’s top rebounder, hauling in 7.8 per contest

– His average is second in the league

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