Game Day: Creighton-UE

Creighton Bluejays (20-6, 9-5) at Evansville Aces (14-12, 7-7)

Missouri Valley Conference Game 15/18

Game Time: 2 p.m. Saturday

Location: Ford Center

Broadcast: ESPN U, 91.5 WUEV

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

Game Notes: Click here for UE and here for Creighton

Spread: Creighton -5.5 at Vegas Insider

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

Creighton’s Probable Starters: G Grant Gibbs, G Austin Chatman, G Jahenns Manigat, F Doug McDermott, C Gregory Echenique

Last Meeting: Creighton knocked off UE 87-70 in Omaha on Dec. 29.

Series History: Creighton leads 28-10 all-time but did lose to UE last season at the Ford Center. The Aces, while 2-16 when playing the Blujays on the road, are 8-10 at home.

Story Clippings:

Feb. 15: Aces get another shot at Creighton, this time at Ford Center 

Feb. 15: Ryan is latest obstacle for slumping Bluejays

Feb. 14: Late-game failures puzzling Creighton

Feb. 14: Bluejays need the game in McDermott’s hands

Feb. 13: UE drops another on the road, this time to last-place Southern Illinois

Notable:

—For as poorly as UE has played on the road, losing its last six decisions now with Wednesday’s defeat at Southern Illinois, the Aces have been that good at home. Coach Marty Simmons’ club is undefeated at the Ford Center in Missouri Valley Conference play and hasn’t lost there since a December defeat to Murray State.

—UE senior Colt Ryan is five points from tying and six from passing Marcus Wilson for second on the Aces’ all-time scoring list — also the top spot for players during the program’s Division I history. Ryan is 188 points from Larry Humes’ No. 1 total with a minimum six games left for the Aces this season.

—During Creighton’s current three-game losing streak, the nation’s top-shooting team (at 51 percent) has shot 40.7 percent from the field and 25 percent on 3-pointers. It may be a good time to face UE. In its seven MVC losses this season, the Aces have let opponents shoot 47.2 percent, including 40 percent from 3-point range.

—Creighton hasn’t lost four straight games since a skid from Dec. 23, 1999-Jan. 6, 2000. During that time, UE’s program suffered through 18 losing streaks at least four games long. The Bluejays also haven’t dropped four MVC games in a row since 1995.

—Per Creighton’s sports information department, Creighton junior Doug McDermott and UE freshman Egidijus Mockevicius have a history playing on the U-19 circuit — McDermott for the United States and Mockevicius for his native Lithuania.

From Creighton’s staff:  ”Prior to the U19 World Championship, both men faced each other in an exhibition game in Lithuania. McDermott had 15 points and seven rebounds, while Mockevicius had nine points and seven rebounds in a 108-75 Lithuania win. Once the tournament began, McDermott had 13 points and eight rebounds, while Mockevicius had three rebounds in seven minutes in Team USA’s 107-105 overtime win.”

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