Game Day: Northern Iowa-UE

Northern Iowa Panthers (11-10, 4-5) at Evansville Aces (12-9, 5-4)

Missouri Valley Conference Game 10/18

Game Time: 7:05 p.m. Tuesday

Location: Ford Center

Broadcast: WUEV 91.5 FM

Live Coverage: Follow on Twitter (@ECP_Lintner)

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

Spread: UE -1.5 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 Deon Mitchell, G Marc Sonnen, F Jake Koch, F Seth Tuttle

Last Meeting: UE won 62-59 on Jan. 9 at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Series History: UE owns a 22-19 all-time series edge over Northern Iowa, and the Aces are 15-5 in home games such as Tuesday’s. With a win over the Panthers earlier this month, UE made it four straight against the MVC foe.

Story Clippings:

Jan. 28: Respect mutual between UE’s Simmons, UNI’s Jacobson

Jan. 28: UNI has incentive on Tuesday at UE

Jan. 27: Preparation remains key for Aces after another loss

Jan. 26: Big runs down UE at Illinois State as Aces’ offense sags

Jan. 26: Late foul, free throws sink Panthers at Indiana State

Notable:

—UE is undefeated in its home MVC games this season (against Missouri State, Southern Illinois, Wichita State and Bradley). The Aces are 1-4 in league road games, with the lone victory coming at Northern Iowa.

—Northern Iowa makes 75.8 percent of its free throws — tops in the MVC — but UE’s shooting the best in conference games at 81.4 percent. Aces senior Colt Ryan’s 90.2 percent free throw shooting rate leads the MVC individually.

—But will UE get to the line? Off a game in which Illinois State attempted 18 more free throws than the Aces, they’ll see a Northern Iowa team that’s 33rd in the nation at 15.3 fouls per game.

—With 963 career points, UE senior Ned Cox is just 37 away from becoming the 45th player in program history to join the 1,000-point club.

—UE has hit just 30.3 percent of its 3-point attempts in MVC play while opponents have shot 40.1 percent.

—UE’s four seniors are responsible for 70 percent of the Aces’ scoring and 20 of 23 double-figure performances in MVC play. Freshman D.J. Balentine has reached double figures twice in conferences games and Egidijus Mockevicius once.

—The Aces are 10-0 when they hold a lead at the 35-minute mark, but they came back from a deficit with five minutes to go just once to sit at 1-9 on the other end of that stat. UE was tied with Wichita State at that point in the game before beating the Shockers.

Quotable:

UE coach Marty Simmons on his relationship with UNI coach Ben Jacobson: “Ben is just somebody that I guess I’ve gotten to know a little bit over my last few years here in Evansville, and just watching his teams play, they’re very, very intelligent – very smart. They understand how to play basketball. They’re unselfish. They’re tough. They can run a lot of different things at you. He’s definitely someone as a coach that I have tons of respect for.”

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