Game Day: UE-Wright State

Evansville Aces (15-13) at Wright State Raiders (18-9)

Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters Game

Game Time: 1 p.m. Saturday

Location: Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio

Broadcast: WUEV 91.5 FM

Live Coverage: Follow on Twitter (@ECP_Lintner, @davidjabs7)

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

Spread: TBA at Vegas Insider

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

Wright State’s Probable Starters: G Joe Bramanti, G Kendall Griffin, G Matt Vest, F Jerran Young, F Tavares Sledge

Series History: Saturday marks the teams’ second-ever meeting. The last time they played was in the 1976 Division II NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal game at Roberts Stadium, where the Aces won 85-75. UE is 4-5 overall in nine BracketBusters games, the latest a 68-45 victory last February over Western Illinois.

Story Clippings:

Feb. 22: Aces break monotony against Wright State

Feb. 22: Wright State coach won’t miss BracketBusters

Feb. 20: Ryan goes for 31 as UE moves up in MVC with win over Illinois State

Feb. 20: Resilient Raiders sweep Cleveland State

Feb. 20: Staying out of foul trouble key for Wright State


—UE’s final BracketBusters opponent, Wright State, has won four of its last five games but will play Saturday without its top scorer, Cole Darling (11.3 ppg), who’s out with a foot injury. Second-leading scorer Reggie Arceneaux (9.7 ppg) is questionable after suffering a concussion more than a week ago.

—Against Wright State, UE is looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since Jan. 13 versus Wichita State and its first road win since Jan. 9 at Northern Iowa.

—Now UE’s second all-time scorer, senior Colt Ryan is 18 points away from 10th on the Missouri Valley Conference’s all-time list. Former Creighton player Rodney Buford currently occupies that spot. Ryan is on the longest double-figure scoring streak of his career, with his previous high 14 games.

—Ryan is also sixth all-time on the MVC’s made free throws list with 546. His 9-for-12 outing Wednesday against Illinois State passed Indiana State great Larry Bird, who made 542 during his career that lasted from 1976-1979.

—Wright State allows opponents just 58.2 points per game — best in the Horizon League and 26th in the nation. The Raiders also rank third in their league in field goal percentage defense at and give up 31.2 percent 3-point shooting.

—UE’s strengths remain consistent: ball control and free throws. Led by Ryan’s four assists per game, the Aces are 22nd nationally with 15.9 as a team. UE’s hit at least 71 percent of its free throws in 12 of 16 league games and 80 percent on eight different occasions.


UE coach Marty Simmons on the Aces’ final BracketBusters opponent: “It is what it is. If we weren’t playing Wright State, we’d be playing a conference team. We look at them as a team very similar to the ones we play in our league, so yeah, from that standpoint we’re playing a tough opponent on the road and we know we have to prepare and play outstanding basketball to have a chance.”

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