—UE coach Oties Epps has eight of his 12 players dealing with some kind of injury right now. The good news, at least, is that senior Meagan Collins (torn knee cartilage) could be available Saturday against Southern Illinois and injury-prone sophomore Khristian Hart (torn anterior cruciate ligament) wants to come back and play again next year.
—Former UE forward Jordan Jahr tweeted Thursday, “Got my release and I’m good to go!
#backonthegrind.” Coach Marty Simmons announced last week that Jahr was off the team following his suspension for a violation of team rules. Jahr later tweeted that he left on his accord, adding, “For anybody who was wondering The decision to leave was mine alone and nothing can be said but great things about the university #thankyou.”
—I’ll appear on UE play-by-play man Lance Wilkerson’s “All About Aces” radio show on Friday. Because of Mater Dei High School girls’ basketball, the show will air a half hour earlier than usual — from 3:30-4:30. You can listen on ESPN 106.7 FM in Evansville or online here.
—Lost in the shuffle after UE’s loss at Bradley on Tuesday was that senior Ned Cox joined the Aces’ 1,000-point club. He’s the 45th member and could crack the top 35 on the all-time scoring list if he keeps pace through the end of the season.
—UE signee Blake Simmons scored 33 points to lead Castle High School to an 89-86 overtime victory Thursday over Bosse, who was led by 30 points from star JaQuan Lyle.
—UE’s Sunday game against Drake won’t exactly feature a pair of high-ratings percentage index teams. In Warren Nolan’s latest RPI, UE comes in at 138th and Drake 152nd. It’s been a long fall for the Aces, who were in the 70s just a month ago.
—No surprise here, but the Missouri Valley Conference tabbed a March 2 meeting between Wichita State and Creighton in Omaha as its wildcard telecast for MVC TV. UE’s home game against Indiana State was another candidate. The tip time is still listed TBA, but expect to hear news on that soon.
—And lastly, Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson and the Salukis celebrated Tuesday after an upset win over Wichita State they way they always do: by jumping around.