Game Day: Illinois State-UE

Illinois State Redbirds (16-11, 7-8) at Evansville Aces (14-13, 7-8)

Missouri Valley Conference Game 16/18

Game Time: 7:05 p.m. Wednesday

Location: Ford Center

Broadcast: WUEV 91.5 FM

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

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

Spread: Illinois State -1.5 at Vegas Insider

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

Illinois State’s Probable Starters: G Bryant Allen, G Johnny Hill, G Tyler Brown, G/F John Wilkins, F Jackie Carmichael

Last Meeting: Illinois State beat UE 67-62 on Jan. 26 at Redbird Arena in Normal, Ill.

Series History: The Redbirds are 230-16 all-time against the Aces, who own a 12-10 series edge when playing on their home court.

Story Clippings:

Feb. 19: Aces want to prevent Illinois State free throws

Feb. 19: Beating Aces could keep Redbirds out of MVC play-in game

Feb. 18: Valley disciplines refs for wrong shooter at line in Illinois State game

Feb. 17: Illinois State loses to Wichita State on late 3-pointer

Feb. 16: Creighton comes back to deal UE first MVC home loss

Notable:

—UE has won 12 of its first 15 home games this season, with the only defeat at the Ford Center in MVC play coming last Saturday to Creighton. The Aces have also won their last two home games against Illinois State.

—UE senior Colt Ryan now sits at 2,061 points for his career, second on the Aces’ all-time list behind Larry Humes’ 2,236. Ryan has four guaranteed games left to score the 175 points needed to tie. If he can somehow get seven more games this season, the points per game needed drops to a manageable 25.

—Over its last five games, Illinois State has made 36 more free throws than opponents even attempted. The charity stripe also played a key role in UE’s loss to the Redbirds earlier this season. While the Aces went 11 of 13 from the line, Illinois State got there 31 times in a 67-62 win. The Redbirds are 12-2 when they shoot more free throws than opponents.

—In his first start Saturday against Creighton, freshman Adam Wing set new career highs in minutes played (29), points (10), rebounds (7) and 3-pointers (2). Wing started in place of senior Lewis Jones, who was out sick but will be available Wednesday.

—Seniors Jackie Carmichael (18.1 ppg) and Tyler Brown (16.7 ppg) led Illinois State with 20-plus points apiece in the Redbirds’ first meeting with UE. The duo, much thanks to late free throw shooting, scored their team’s last 24 points. Carmichael leads the MVC in rebounding with 9.3 a game.

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