Game Day: UE-Bradley

Evansville Aces (13-10, 6-5) at Bradley Braves (13-10, 5-6)

Missouri Valley Conference Game 12/18

Game Time: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Location: Carver Arena in Peoria, Ill.

Broadcast: WUEV 91.5 FM

Live Coverage: Follow on Twitter (@ECP_Lintner)

Game Notes: Click here for UE and here for Bradley

Spread: Bradley -1.5 at Vegas Insider

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

Bradley’s Probable Starters: G Walt Lemon Jr., G Dyricus Simms-Edwards, G/F Jake Eastman, F Tyshon Pickett, C Will Egolf

Last Meeting: UE beat Bradley 66-56 on Jan. 23 at the Ford Center in a game where the Aces pulled away late.

Series History: The Braves own a 23-18 series edge and are 15-3 when defending their home court.

Story Clippings:

Feb. 4: UE wants to end road woes at Bradley

Feb. 4: Braves preparing for sharpshooting Ryan

Feb. 3: Status quo the enemy now for Aces

Feb. 2: Missouri State deals UE another road defeat

Feb. 2: Big second half sends Bradley past Creighton

Notable:

—Struggling away from home is nothing new for UE, which has blown double-digit leads in three of its last four road games. The Aces are 23-100 in Missouri Valley Conference road games since 1999-2000 and haven’t won more than three of them in one season. They shoot for league road win No. 2 at Bradley.

—The Braves are 10-2 at Carver Arena this season, with the only losses to No. 3 Michigan and Wichita State. An 11th win would mark the most at home by the Braves since 2008-2009.

—UE senior Colt Ryan is now 33 points away from becoming the 14th player in MVC history to crack the 2,000-point mark. At 1,967 points, Ryan is also closing in on Marcus Wilson’s 2,053 all-time points — second on the school’s scoring list.

—Ryan hasn’t been scoring the ball alone for UE. He and senior Ned Cox have combined for 52.9 percent of the Aces’ points over the last six games, including 16 of the Aces’ 24 made 3-pointers and 52 of 76 made free throws.

—Senior Troy Taylor has grabbed at least six rebounds in every MVC game and averages 8.6 of them in conference games, second in the league behind Illinois State senior forward Jackie Carmichael’s 10.9 boards. Taylor has led the Aces in rebounding during eight of their 11 MVC contests.

—UE’s loss Saturday at Missouri State marked the first Aces defeat this season after they trailed with five minutes to play. Overall, UE is now 10-1 in that situation. It also beat Wichita State after the teams were tied at the five-minute mark.

—Bradley meanwhile struggles late in games. Over the last eight minutes of MVC contests, the Braves have been outscored a cumulative 158-105, including a 15-5 run for UE to end the game in the teams’ first meeting.

—Guard Walt Lemon Jr., the top scorer in that first game between the Aces and Braves with 22 points, averages 17.4 points and 3.6 assists as well as makes 36 percent of 3-pointers in MVC games.

—The combination of Lemon and Dyricus Simms-Edwards in Bradley’s backcourt have coach Geno Ford’s team fifth in the nation with 10.13 steals per game. The Braves had 324 of them on the season and could snap Tulsa’s all-time MVC steals record fo 345 set in the 1983-1984 season.

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