Game Day: Alabama State-UE

Alabama State Hornets (1-7) at Evansville Purple Aces (5-4)

Game Time: 1:05 p.m. Saturday

Location: Ford Center

Broadcast: 91.5 WUEV, Aces TV

Live Coverage: Follow on Twitter (@ECP_Lintner)

Game Notes: Click here for UE and here for Alabama State.

Spread: TBA

UE’s probable starters: Troy Taylor, Ned Cox, Colt Ryan, Lewis Jones, Egidijus Mockevicius

Alabama State’s probable starters: Josh Freelove, Jamel Waters, Luther Page, Phillip Crawford, Shawntez Patterson

Series History: UE has won both meetings, most recently a 62-55 victory last season at the Ford Center. The teams’ other matchup came during the 2009-2010 season, when the Aces won 61-57 at Roberts Stadium.

Story Clippings:

Dec. 14: Looking for consistency, UE starting again at zero-zero
Dec. 14: Alabama State stronger with key scorers back
Dec. 13: Alabama State holds off Troy for first win
Dec. 12: Last season for ESPN’s BracketBusters
Dec. 12: Nelson still out of practice with injury
Dec. 10: Aces still trying to break out of .500 season rut
Dec. 10: Simmons goes ‘broken record’ on radio show
Dec. 8: Murray State races back to win over UE


—Alabama State won its first game of the season on Thursday night, a 74-68 victory over Troy in the teams’ second meeting this season. The Hornets led by as many as 20 points

—UE is 6-0 all-time against Southwestern Athletic Conference foes heading into Saturday, including a win earlier this season over Alabama A&M. None of Alabama State’s five starters from the Hornets’ game last season against UE are still on the team.

—Junior guard Josh Freelove leads Alabama State in scoring with 13.9 points per game. Redshirt senior forward Shawntez Patterson has played in just three games — the Hornets’ last three — and is averaging 11.3 points per game.

—Since returning from a hip pointer injury, senior Colt Ryan has averaged 16 points per game in four contests, leading UE in scoring twice. Freshman D.J. Balentine is the Aces’ leading scorer with 12.1 points per game.

—Senior Troy Taylor leads UE in rebounding, steals and assists while averaging 5.6 points per game. Taylor recorded his first double-double of the season against Murray State with 11 points and 12 boards.

—With a 16-point performance against Murray State last Saturday, senior Ned Cox has now reached double figures in seven of the Aces’ nine games this season. He’s second on the team in assists and steals behind Taylor.

—UE’s assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.46 is the best in the Missouri Valley Conference and ranks among the top 15 in Division I. The Aces have been credited with an assist on 64 percent of made baskets this season, also tops in the MVC.


UE coach Marty Simmons on a “Zero-zero. We’re starting over.” mentality in practices this week: “I think more than anything, I meant that we’ve got a couple guys who feel like they probably haven’t played as well as they wanted. I just wanted to clear their (minds), go back and free yourself up. Don’t think about what’s happened in the past. Let’s have a new start and see where things go…We’ve had our good moments, and we’ve had our not-so-good moments. Overall, our intensity level and the toughness we talk about is being better screeners. There’s a physicality in screening, blocking out and sweeping the basketball when you’re tightly guarded.”

Simmons on encouraging his team to be tougher: “We try to clearly define the things. We’re not going to fist fight. That’s not toughness in basketball. But there are areas – in the post, not letting them establish great position – there are specific areas in the game of basketball where we’ve got to give a little more effort, a little more physicality to if we’re going to improve.”

Simmons breaks down Alabama State: “We’ve played them in the past, so there’s a respect there. They play hard. They’re tough. They compete. And then they’ve added some personnel to their team the last two or three games that we feel has really given them a boost. They’re physical in the post. They’re physical on the glass defensively. They fight you hard on screens and cuts. They can drive the basketball. They can shoot the 3. They’re talented. They’ve got a lot of guys, and each of them can shoot it and drive it.”

Senior Ned Cox on UE’s three-plus week winter break: “This is definitely a big time for us to improve. This whole break is devoted to basketball, pretty much, so it should be a lot of guys’ focus right now. The times when we’re not in practice, guys can get in here and work on their own. This is a good time for this team to grow individually and collectively.”

Senior Colt Ryan on this week’s practices: “(Simmons) just wanted to spark competition, and that’s what it did. In practice we really got after it. We had drills set up where teams were evenly matched up, and he wanted to see who was going to step up…(Alabama State) will be a good test for us, because they are a very aggressive, get-after-it team. I think it will show where we hare – how much we really improved this week and how tough we got.”

Outlook: Another game against a SWAC opponent should mean another win for UE. But the Aces are looking for more. After a week of practice that was about increasing toughness, the Aces should look for a full, 40-minute effort, unlike in games last week where both Miami (Ohio) and Murray State shot better than 65 percent in the second half.

216 thoughts on “Game Day: Alabama State-UE

  1. Pingback: Blinder HP-905

  2. Pingback: auto insurance rates

  3. Pingback: cheap arizona auto insurance

  4. Pingback: how to jump higher for volleyball

  5. Pingback: cheap nj auto insurance

  6. Pingback: messebau I standbau I prosoektstaender I prospektstander I veranstaltungstechnik I plakatständer I plexidisplay I klapprahmen I infostander I infostaender I stehtische I veranstaltungstechnik I messestand I roll-ups I werbdedisplay I Sicherheitsspiegel I

  7. Pingback: webpage

  8. Pingback: blackjack

  9. Pingback: carpet cleaners calgary

  10. Pingback: read more

  11. Pingback: basics

  12. Pingback: find this Bonuses

  13. Pingback: surprise az vein doctor

  14. Pingback: web traffic analyzer

  15. Pingback: stryker rejuvenate lawsuits

  16. Pingback: netbook kopen

  17. Pingback: Guilderland

  18. Pingback: 24 hr locksmith

  19. Pingback: swimming trunks

  20. Pingback: garage doors repair

  21. Pingback: mobile websites backlinks

  22. Pingback: naaigaren

  23. Pingback: nike tn

  24. Pingback: see post

  25. Pingback: louis vuitton handbag

  26. Pingback: gVuuJjhk

  27. Pingback: grIqMppy

  28. Pingback: zkaIYXZG

  29. Pingback: Hopkinton

  30. Pingback: louboutin homme

  31. Pingback: ブライトリング

  32. Pingback: セイコー 腕時計

  33. Pingback: GtmQImQE

  34. Pingback: nike air max 90

  35. Pingback: ray ban sunglasses outlet

  36. Pingback: nike air max 2011

  37. Pingback: Chaussure Timberland

  38. Pingback: chaussure timberland

  39. Pingback: オークリー サングラス

  40. Pingback: tee shirt guess

  41. Pingback: Nike Air Max 2012

  42. Pingback: NIKE AIR MAX 1

  43. Pingback: nike air max ltd

  44. Pingback: Tee Shirt Guess

  45. Pingback: nike air max 1

  46. Pingback: Louis Vuitton Wallet

  47. Pingback: CASQUETTE OBEY

  48. Pingback: Chaussure Louis Vuitton

  49. Pingback: Tee Shirt Obey

  50. Pingback: Nike TN

  51. Pingback: Mulberry Bags

  52. Pingback: Maillot Arsenal

  53. Pingback: Rayban Sunglasses

  54. Pingback: prada boots

  55. Pingback: CASQUETTE YMCMB

  56. Pingback: cheap mac makeup

  57. Pingback: air max 95

  58. Pingback: cheap mulberry bags

  59. Pingback: セイコー腕時計

  60. Pingback: samsung galaxy s4

  61. Pingback: Replica Oakley Sunglasses

  62. Pingback: Sac Lancel Pas Cher


  64. Pingback: Chi Hair Straightener

  65. Pingback: Cheap Beats By Dre

  66. Pingback: marc jacobs bags outlet

  67. Pingback: HUMAN HAIR WIGS

  68. Pingback: cheap iphone

  69. Pingback: unlocked iphone 5

  70. Pingback: レイバン サングラス

  71. Pingback: プラダ バッグ


  73. Pingback: herve leger dress

  74. Pingback: ralph lauren outlet

  75. Pingback: louis vuitton


  77. Pingback: cheap unlocked iphone 5

  78. Pingback: Air Jordan Shoes

  79. Pingback: mbt shoes

  80. Pingback: CHANEL OUTLET

  81. Pingback: christian louboutin outlet


  83. Pingback: puma スニーカー

  84. Pingback: cheap mac makeup

  85. Pingback: knock off louis vuitton purse

  86. Pingback: wholesale nike free

  87. Pingback: chanel bags

  88. Pingback: seo

  89. Pingback: CHEAP CELINE BAGS

  90. Pingback: Gucci Bags

  91. Pingback: polo ralph lauren outlet

  92. Pingback: Chanel Bags Outlet

  93. Pingback: Louis Vuitton Handbags On Sale

  94. Pingback: mac makeup

  95. Pingback: herve leger dress

  96. Pingback: xrumer

  97. Pingback: gucci outlet

  98. Pingback: gucci handbags

  99. Pingback: gucci outlet

  100. Pingback: Louis Vuitton Bags

  101. Pingback: prada handbags

  102. Pingback: chanel outlet


  104. Pingback: lululemon outet

  105. Pingback: GSCRAPER

  106. Pingback: SCRAPEBOX

  107. Pingback: MULBERRY BAGS

  108. Pingback: Cheap Oakley Sungasses

  109. Pingback: Toro Bravo 4s

  110. Pingback: hknRrNnN

  111. Pingback: NETbtHwA

  112. Pingback: ルイヴィトン 財布

  113. Pingback: Louis Vuitton UK

  114. Pingback: gucci bags on sale

  115. Pingback: Prada Shoes

  116. Pingback: iphone 5 for sale

  117. Pingback: gucci belt

  118. Pingback: Authentic Louis Vuitton

  119. Pingback: isbale marant sneaker

  120. Pingback: celine outlet online

  121. Pingback: gucci outlet belt

  122. Pingback: Oakley Sunglasses Outlet

  123. Pingback: wow gold

  124. Pingback: sac lancel pas cher

  125. Pingback: diablo 3 gold

  126. Pingback: cheap apple iphone 5

  127. Pingback: rs gold

  128. Pingback: celine bag

  129. Pingback: cheap toms shoes

  130. Pingback: コーチ 財布

  131. Pingback: isabel marant boots

  132. Pingback: isabel marant sneakers

  133. Pingback: lululemon outet

  134. Pingback: sac louis vuitton pas cher

  135. Pingback: chanel outlet bags

  136. Pingback: gucci bags outlet

  137. Pingback:

  138. Pingback: chanel handbags

  139. Pingback: chanel outlet store

  140. Pingback: Mulberry Sale

  141. Pingback: gucci handbags sale

  142. Pingback: Louis Vuitton Wallets

  143. Pingback: lancel

  144. Pingback: gucci wallet

  145. Pingback: sneakers isabel marant

  146. Pingback: isabel marant shoes

  147. Pingback: EYdZAvmR

  148. Pingback: rJAdTHmD

  149. Pingback: firefall gold

  150. Pingback: Wholeaale ipad mini

  151. Pingback: louis vuitton wallet for men

  152. Pingback: Louis Vuitton Speedy 30

  153. Pingback: Louis Vuitton Artsy Bag

  154. Pingback: cabas Vanessa Bruno

  155. Pingback: Chanel Sale

  156. Pingback: Chanel Sale

  157. Pingback: Louis Vuitton Bags

  158. Pingback: louis vuitton en ligne

  159. Pingback: Authentic Louis Vuitton Belts For Sale

  160. Pingback: Black Friday 2013

  161. Pingback: Toms Shoes Outlet

  162. Pingback: Wholesale Mac Makeup

  163. Pingback: chanel handbags

  164. Pingback: Louis Vuitton Pas Cher

  165. Pingback: Cheap Prada Outlet

  166. Pingback: Cheap Mac Makeup

  167. Pingback: chanel bags

  168. Pingback: neverwinter astral diamonds

  169. Pingback: prada outlet

  170. Pingback: burberry bags

  171. Pingback: maillot de foot

  172. Pingback: prada bags

  173. Pingback: fVbrAdPv

  174. Pingback: michael kors handbags

  175. Pingback: home security store

  176. Pingback: imitation louis vuitton handbags

  177. Pingback: toms shoes outlet

  178. Pingback: mbt shoes

  179. Pingback: mbt shoes online

  180. Pingback: Ralph Lauren Polo Outlet Online

  181. Pingback: Lacoste Outlet Online Shop

  182. Pingback: Nuvoryn Experience

  183. Pingback: free government cell phone

  184. Pingback: liberty life insurance

  185. Pingback: Blaster

  186. Pingback: Blaster

  187. Pingback: Peter Baronoff

  188. Pingback: UVB Narrowband Treatment

  189. Pingback: Psoriasis Treatment

  190. Pingback: air jordan 3 retro

  191. Pingback: buy Griffin survivor cases 2013

  192. Pingback: griffin survivor

  193. Pingback: tiger shoes

  194. Pingback: dean goetz

  195. Pingback: logbook loan quote

  196. Pingback: ppi claims ireland

  197. Pingback: richard goozh

  198. Pingback: richard goozh

  199. Pingback: christian louboutin

  200. Pingback: debt consolidation san diego

  201. Pingback: kitchen faucets

  202. Pingback: brady frank dds

  203. Pingback: extra light olive oil

  204. Pingback: credit card debt

  205. Pingback: don varden

  206. Pingback: richard goozh

  207. Pingback: personal injury liability

  208. Pingback: seasons malibu

  209. Pingback: cheap jordans

  210. Pingback: Richard goozh

  211. Pingback: pure green coffee bean extract 800

  212. Pingback: credit card settlement

  213. Pingback: debt solutions

  214. Pingback: balsamic white vinegar

  215. Pingback: speedypc review

  216. Pingback: his comment is here

Leave a Reply