Game Day: UE-Northern Iowa

Evansville Purple Aces (9-6, 2-1) at Northern Iowa Panthers (8-7, 1-2)

Missouri Valley Conference Game 4/18

Game Time: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Location: McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa

Broadcast: WUEV 91.5 FM

Live Coverage: Follow on Twitter (@ECP_Lintner)

Game Notes: Click here for UE and here for Northern Iowa

Spread: Northern Iowa -6 at Vegas Insider

UE’s Probable Starters: G Troy Taylor, G Ned Cox, F Colt Ryan, F Lewis Jones, C Egidijus Mockevicius

Northern Iowa’s Probable Starters: G Anthony James, G Marc Sonnen, F Jake Koch, F Seth Tuttle, C Austin Pehl

Last Meeting: UE won 63-62 at the Ford Center last Feb. 15.

Series History: UE owns a 21-19 all-time series edge over Northern Iowa, but the Aces are 6-12 in road games such as Wednesday’s. Before a victory at the McLeod Center last season, it had been since 2002 since UE last won in Cedar Falls.

Story Clippings:

Jan. 9: Aces prepared to battle tough UNI frontcourt

Jan. 8: Panthers know they must stop Colt Ryan

Jan. 7: Aces living up to their hot-shooting reputation

Jan. 6: Healthy Colt Ryan a dangerous one for UE’s opponents

Jan. 5: Aces rout Southern Illinois, move above .500 in MVC play

Jan. 5: UNI gets road win at Illinois State

Notable:

—Aces senior Colt Ryan continues to score more since coming back from injury, with a season-high 26 points coming in UE’s win last weekend over Southern Illinois. Ryan has scored 13 or more points in all but one game since returning, the exception being the Aces’ game against Division II Oakland City.

—UE has improved its free throw shooting dramatically since non-conference play. The Aces have hit 43 of their last 49 attempts and hit 73.9 percent as a team, down just slightly from last season’s 76.4 percent. Leading the way (again) is Ryan, who’s eighth in the nation as a 91.8 percent shooter from the line.

—With 21 blocks already this season, UE freshman Egidijus Mockevicius has already passed last year’s team leader in swats, Kenny Harris, who had 19. Mockevicius is coming off a week in which he scored a career-high 18 points in the Aces’ overtime victory against Missouri State. He shoots a team-high 73.9 percent from the field.

—UE senior Troy Taylor, who leads the Aces with 7.5 rebounds per game, is within the top 200 rebounders in Division I and the shortest in that category. Fewer than 15 players listed as guards average more boards.

—Aces freshman D.J. Balentine scored 129 points in his first 11 collegiate games, averaging double figures. He at one point led UE in scoring. Balentine has tallied four total points in four games since.

—Six of Northern Iowa’s eight wins this season have come at home, with the lone loss by four points to Indiana State. UE averages 64 points in road games compared to 73.1 points at the Ford Center. The Aces are 1-5 in the McLeod Center.

—With 14 points against Missouri State and 11 versus Southern Illinois, senior Lewis Jones reached double figures in back-to-back games for the second time this season.

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