Game Day: UE-Southern Illinois

Evansville Aces (14-11, 7-6) at Southern Illinois Salukis (9-15, 2-11)

Missouri Valley Conference Game 14/18

Game Time: 7:05 p.m. Wednesday

Location: SIU Arena in Carbondale, Ill.

Broadcast: WUEV 91.5 FM

Live Coverage: Follow on Twitter (@ECP_Lintner, @Todd_Hefferman)

Game Notes: Click here for UE and here for Southern Illinois

Spread: Southern Illinois -1 at Vegas Insider

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

Southern Illinois’ Probable Starters: G Kendal Brown-Surles, G Desmar Jackson, G T.J. Lindsay, F Jeff Early, F Dantiel Daniels

Last Meeting: UE won 84-68 on Jan. 5 at the Ford Center.

Series History: Southern Illinois leads the all-time series 65-50 and is 40-13 when playing in Carbondale, where the Aces haven’t won since 2001.

Story Clippings:

Feb. 12: Surging Salukis next road test for Aces

Feb. 11: Mockevicius taking from opponents, giving to UE

Feb. 11: Recent play may put fear into Salukis’ opponents

Feb. 10: Ryan hits 2,000, propels Aces to overtime win against Drake

Feb. 9: Southern Illinois sends message in close loss to Indiana State

Notable:

—UE hits the road again Wednesday, a notably tough place for the Aces this season. While 12-2 at the Ford Center (and 3-0 in overtime games), UE is 2-9 on the road and has lost five in a row there.

—The Aces’ 84-point total against Southern Illinois earlier this season — the Aces shot 57.7 percent — were the most so far against a Division I opponent in a regulation 40 minutes. Division II Oakland City gave up a season-high 103 to UE.

—Southern Illinois’ Jeff Early is the nation’s second-leading rebounder for players 6-foot-1 and shorter with 7.4 boards a game. But the No. 1 rebounder? That’s UE senior Troy Taylor and his average 7.6. Plus, Taylor is listed an inch shorter than Early.

—Senior Colt Ryan is 26 points away from passing Marcus Wilson for second on the Aces’ all-time scoring list. Wilson is the highest-scoring player in the program’s Division I history.

—A game after hitting the 1,000-point mark against Bradley, senior Ned Cox following with his highest-scoring game of the season with 21 points against Drake.

—UE continues to lead the Missouri Valley Conference in free throw shooting at 78.8 percent. The Aces improved on those numbers Sunday, going 25 of 29 (86.2 percent) against Drake, including 16 of 18 in overtime.

—Last week, in an upset of Wichita State and one-point loss at Indiana State, Southern Illinois shot 45 percent from 3-point range. Overall, though, the Salukis aren’t strong offensively. They’ve scored 65 or fewer points in seven straight games.

—Southern Illinois sophomore forward Dantiel Daniels will be available Wednesday after missing the teams’ earlier meeting with a hurt ankle. Dating back to last season, the Salukis are 2-8 in games when the 6-foot-5 Daniels (8.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg) sits due to injury.

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