Men’s Basketball Travels To Indiana State On Wednesday


Aces To battle Sycamores At The Hulman Center

 On Wednesday, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team travels north to Terre Haute to take on Indiana State for a 6 p.m. CT game inside the Hulman Center.  Wednesday’s game will be carried on ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network.

 Setting the Scene

– Evansville looks to break two streaks on Wednesday; UE has dropped its last four contests overall while falling in its last eight trips to the Hulman Center

– In last year’s road game, the Sycamores defeated the Purple Aces by a final of 85-62

– The Sycamore defense held the Aces to shooting percentages of 35.0% and 36.2% in last year’s regular-season meetings

– Following the trip to Terre Haute, the Aces are at the Ford Center for their next two games with Missouri State and Drake coming to town

Last Time Out 

– Saturday’s game at Loyola saw the Aces hang tough, taking a 15-14 lead in the first half, but the Ramblers finished the first half on a 13-2 run before taking a 78-44 victory

– The Ramblers shot 70.5% in the game, including 75% (18/24) in the first half

– Sam Cunliffe was the leader for UE, scoring 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting

– K.J. Riley finished with seven tallies

– It marked the fourth consecutive defeat for the Aces inside Gentile Arena

Leader of the Pack

– With the absence of DeAndre Williams, Sam Cunliffe has stepped up and recorded a team-high 11 points at Loyola

– Over the last four games, Cunliffe has started to shoot better, hitting 19 of his 41 attempts to improve his season shooting to 39.5%

– In the final 10 non-conference games, Cunliffe shot over 40% from the field just twice but has reached that mark in all four MVC games

– He has ten double-figure efforts in 17 contests

Looking at the numbers

– When comparing the stats for UE in non-conference play versus MVC contests, there are a few disparities

– In non-conference contests, UE averaged 78.1 points per game while shooting 45.5%

– Through four league games, the Aces have averaged 56.8 points while shooting 39.2%

– The numbers in 3-point shooting drop from 35.7% to 24.4% in the Valley

– Evansville has scored under 60 points in three out of four conference games; the team was held under 60 on two occasions in 13 non-conference games

Scouting the Opponent

– Indiana State enters its first match-up against the Purple Aces with a 9-6 record while splitting their first two MVC games

– The Sycamores are coming off of a 65-52 home win over Illinois State on Saturday and have held three of their first four league opponents to 68 points or less.

– ISU is 9-2 in its last 11 games

– Tyreke Key paces the Sycamores with 17.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game

– Key has excelled in his chances at the line, shooting 87.9%

– Jordan Barnes averages 12.2 points and has a team-best 56 assists

– Sycamore assistant coach Kareem Richardson played at Evansville from 1995 through 1997




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