UE News and Notes for Feb. 28, 2013

—March starts when the clock strikes midnight, so why not talk postseason scenarios? After UE’s win at Wichita State, the Aces found themselves 104th in the ratings percentage index, 100th by Jeff Sagarin’s ratings and 89th at KenPom.com. Based on what teams needed to make various tournaments last season, UE’s on pace for a potential NIT invite.

—As far as Arch Madness seeding scenarios go, UE can end up anywhere from third to fifth depending on the result of its game against Indiana State and Northern Iowa-Illinois State. Should Northern Iowa win, it’s the three and the winner of UE’s game the four. With a Panthers loss, the winner of Indiana State-UE gets the third seed. For a full league breakdown, click here.

—You’ve heard quite a bit about this Doug McDermott guy at Creighton — maybe even came out to see him score 21 points and beat the Aces a couple weekends ago. But UE senior Colt Ryan is playing just as well when it counts most, and I think he should be considered for the league’s player of the year.

—With three straight wins, UE was named “Team of the Week by ESPN.com’s panel of mid-major experts. The article reads: “Prior to its recent success, Evansville had lost four of its past five games. But the Aces have finished strong. They won their third consecutive game 59-56 Wednesday night at Wichita State. The victory also ensures they’ll end the regular season with a .500 record (or better) in conference play. That’s a solid turnaround for this program.”

—Indiana State (17-12, 9-8 MVC) enters Saturday’s 4 p.m. game at the Ford Center — the Aces’ senior day — off an 11-point home loss to Drake on Wednesday. The Sycamores, once thought to be an NCAA at-large contender, have dropped four of five and like UE played with their own second-leading scorer on Wednesday. Manny Arop was out suspended. His status for Saturday isn’t known yet.

—UE signee Jaylon Brown made some waves Wednesday night with an impressive dunk during Fishers High School’s win over Westfield. Read about it here and see it about 45 seconds into this video.

—While Brown will play on, felling UE signee Blake Simmons’ high school career is over as of Tuesday. Central surprised Castle, even as Simmons scored a game-high 29 points to finish with 1,358 in his career with the Knights.

—UE’s other signed recruit, Cleveland-area point guard Duane Gibson, will play in the April 21 seniors-only Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association’s North-South All-Star game. Gibson averaged 11.5 points, 6 rebounds, 8.9 assists and 4 steals per game as his Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s High School team went 18-4.

—UE’s women’s basketball team (8-17, 6-8 MVC) completes its home schedule against Northern Iowa (12-14, 7-7 MVC) on Friday and Bradley (11-14, 5-9 MVC) on Sunday, which will be senior day. The Aces have lost six of seven games but found one way to try and improve this week. Decimated by injuries, they practiced against coaches. Look for more on that in Friday’s paper.

—The UE baseball team was supposed to open the home portion of its schedule with games Friday and Saturday at Braun Stadium. Due to expected inclement weather, those contests were pushed to 1 p.m. Sunday with a doubleheader to follow at noon Monday. The Aces are 1-7 after a 13-0 loss at nationally ranked Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

—UE softball, which relies on its own home tournaments to save travel costs and bring in additional revenue for the program, will play an adjusted weekend schedule against Austin Peay and IUPUI. Same cause: weather.

—Louisville and a number of other adidas schools will officially be wearing jerseys with sleeves during their postseason runs this year. UE’s days of old are getting mentions left and right.

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