—The faxes started rolling in Wednesday for UE’s men’s basketball coaches, first from Fishers High School guard Jaylon Brown, who signed his letter of intent and sent it in this morning. Others will follow Thursday (Blake Simmons) and Friday (Duane Gibson) before coach Marty Simmons announces the full class.
—UE’s women’s program announced its four-player 2013 class that will be tasked with replacing a number of integral current Aces seniors. More on each player, plus coach Oties Epps’ breakdown of the class, can be found here.
—In other recruiting news, former Kansas State commit Alex Etherington, a 6-foot-6 forward from Hamilton Heights High School, re-opened his recruitment Wednesday after deciding not to sign with the Wildcats. UE showed Etherington interest before his verbal commitment, according to indianaprep.com, and Etherington told the Indianapolis Star that he’s “probably going to try to find something closer to come.”
—ESPN announced this season’s full BracketBusters field, which consists of 122 teams (and all 10 Missouri Valley Conference members). UE will play on the road after hosting Western Illinois last season. Matchups will be announced Jan. 28, 2013.
—Creighton’s Doug McDermott gave some props to UE senior Colt Ryan in his weekly mid-major player diary at USAToday.com: “He’s (Evansville’s) go-to guy, he just does everything as a scorer. He can shoot the crap out of the ball. He dropped 43 points on us last year. (Pause). And no, I wasn’t guarding him.”
—Though the Coaches vs. Cancer games at the Ford Center won’t be televised in a traditional sense, all five will be streamed (for a price) on UE’s AcesTV. A “week pass” can be purchased for $9.95, and the single-game price is $6.95.
—The first 1,000 fans through the door at Thursday’s UE-Buffalo game receive a free Marty Simmons bobblehead. Additionally, UE announced the Yale-Western Illinois game played at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oakland City University will have free admission.