Game Day: UE-Indiana State

Evansville Aces (11-7, 4-2) at Indiana State Sycamores (11-6, 4-2)

Missouri Valley Conference Game 7/18

Game Time: 7:05 p.m. Saturday

Location: Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

Broadcast: WUEV 91.5 FM,

Live Coverage: Follow on Twitter (@ECP_Lintner)

Game Notes: Click here for UE and here for Indiana State

Spread: Indiana State -4 at Vegas Insider

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

Indiana State’s Probable Starters: G Jake Odum, G Devonte Brown, F Manny Arop, F RJ Mahurin, C Justin Gant

Last Meeting: Wearing orange jerseys, UE fell to Indiana State 90-81 in a double-overtime game Jan. 29 at the Ford Center.

Series History: The Sycamores have a 80-76 edge in the all-time series and are 49-26 when playing the Aces on their home floor as Indiana State will Saturday.

Story Clippings:

Jan. 18: UE looks to leapfrog Indiana State in MVC standings

Jan. 17: Aces looking for more patience, better shot opportunities

Jan. 16: Drake downs UE on the road, ending Aces’ winning streak

Jan. 16: Sycamores out-score Missouri State in second half of win


—Indiana State enters Saturday 49th in the NCAA’s ratings percentage index, behind just Creighton (18th) and Wichita State (22nd) in the MVC. The Sycamores own the league’s best RPI win, which came over then-No. 4 Miami at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.

—Against Indiana State, UE senior Colt Ryan is looking for his fifth-consecutive 20-point outing. It’s something even the decorated forward hasn’t done yet before in his career. Ryan is averaging 22.3 points in MVC play during a league-high 36.5 minutes per game.

—UE senior Troy Taylor’s 9.3 rebounds per game in MVC contests are second among all players in league play behind just Illinois State’s senior big man, Jackie Carmichael, who averages 10.8 boards.

—With 22 assists and six turnovers in MVC games, UE senior Ned Cox’s 3.7 assist-to-turnover ratio leads the league.

—While D.J. Balentine had scored just six points in five previous games, the freshman bounced back to tally eight in UE’s win over Wichita State and 13 in Wednesday’s loss to Drake.

—After averaging 15 minutes in non-conference games, UE freshman Egidijus Mockevicius now sees the floor for more than 19. Mockevicius’ top outing came Jan. 2 against Missouri State, when he tallied a game-high 18 points on 6 of 6 shooting.

—As a team, UE has hit 83.5 percent of its free throws in MVC play. The Aces connected on 101 of their last 120 foul shots.

—UE is 9-0 when it leads with five minutes to play, but the Aces have come back to win in that time span just once: Nov. 17 against Western Illinois, when it was 42-40 Leathernecks before a 3-pointer by sophomore Jordan Jahr with 2:39 left served as the Aces’ go-ahead bucket.

—Indiana State is 9-1 this season when holding opponents to 63 points or less and 8-1 when it hits at least 36.4 percent of 3-point shots.

—The Sycamores have a knack for getting to the free throw line. Indiana State has made 113 free throws in six MVC games, more than all other league members have even attempted except for Southern Illinois (125) and UE (121).


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