—The UE women look to snap a four-game losing streak Tuesday at Eastern Illinois. And after a loss at Ohio State in which they were held to just 33 points, coach Oties Epps offered a simple solution: shoot more.
—College basketball author Kyle Keiderling was nice enough to take a few minutes to talk to me recently and send a copy of his new book, “Trophies and Tears,” about the history of UE men’s basketball. I wrote about the book, which ships this month, for Tuesday’s paper.
—For a blow-by-blow look at the Missouri Valley Conference, check out this week’s “MVC Monday” posting. The Aces are seventh in the league by record, and the conference was 46-22 in all heading into Monday.
—Creighton’s loss to Boise State unseated the Blue Jays as the top team in this week’s Mid-Major Top 25. Now it’s 1. Gonzaga, 2. Wichita State and 3. Creighton. UE’s opponent Saturday, Murray State, is fourth, Illinois State is sixth, and Northern Iowa 14th.
—Speaking of Murray State, the Racers are receiving votes in both the Associated Press and coaches polls this week, just like Colorado State was heading into last Saturday’s game in Fort Collins.
—Coach Marty Simmons talked about that game and the Aces’ next two on his radio show Monday night. Read some of what Simmons had to say on the show (6 p.m. every Monday at Turonis’) here.
—In a column for Tuesday’s paper by the Courier & Press’ Gordon Engelhardt, former UE commit and Harrison High School junior Ernie Duncan said “I got a little grief” when he de-committed from the Aces. I haven’t been able to confirm if Duncan still has an offer from the Aces’ coaching staff, which just signed a pair of point guards earlier this month.