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UE Men’s basketball faces Wabash in Saturday exhibition game


Tip set for 1 p.m. inside the Ford Center

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Basketball season officially opens on Saturday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team welcomes Wabash College to the Ford Center for an exhibition contest.  Tip is set for 1 p.m. inside the Ford Center.

Setting the Scene

– Saturday’s game will be the lone exhibition game for the Purple Aces as they prepare for the 2023-24 season

– UE has five returners from last season while bringing in 12 newcomers

– Head coach David Ragland balanced the experience of the incoming players with eight being freshmen, one sophomore, a junior, senior and 5th-year senior

Scouting the Opponent

– Wabash is coming off a strong 21-8 campaign in 2022-23

– The Little Giants return a wealth of experience as 10 of their top 11 scorers from last season are back

– Ahmoni Jones led Wabash in both scoring (16.2 PPG) and rebounding (6.3 RPG) last year

Approaching 1,000

– Returning for his fifth season of college basketball is Kenny Strawbridge Jr.

– Following two seasons at Alabama State, Strawbridge joined the Aces last season and led the squad with 14.4 points per game

– He opens this season with 973 points in his career, just 27 away from reaching the 1,000-point mark

– Strawbridge was named to the MVC Preseason Second Team on October 17

– His top scoring output of last season saw him register 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting versus Fairfield

Best in the Valley

– Completing the 20-game MVC slate with a 44.0% showing from 3-point range, Gage Bobe led the way in the league last year

– He was 2-for-5 from outside in the finale versus Illinois State after going 4-of-7 in the final home game against UIC

– His top career game came at Valpo as he scored 22 points while draining six of his 11 3-point tries and seeing 36:49 of work

– Bobe enters his fifth season with the Aces

Back in the MVC

– Antonio Thomas embarks on his fifth season of college basketball right where it all started – in the MVC

– Thomas opened his career at Bradley where he was part of the 2020 MVC Championship team as a freshman

– Following two seasons with the Braves, Thomas transferred to Kentucky Wesleyan where he spent the last two seasons

– In 2022-23, Thomas averaged 9.8 points and 3.0 rebounds for KWC