UE News and Notes for March 16, 2013

—Purdue took the series with a 4-1 win in game one before the UE baseball team scored 15 runs on a season-high 20 hits in game two to salvage the series finale Saturday at Braun Stadium. The Aces (7-11) wrap up a six-game homestand Tuesday against Murray State.

—The UE softball team (7-13, 1-2 Missouri Valley Conference) dropped its series finale to Creighton by a 6-4 score Saturday at Cooper Stadium after splitting a doubleheader with the Bluejays on Friday. The Aces next host Drake on Monday and Tuesday in a series rescheduled due to poor field conditions at the Bulldogs’ home stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

—UE signee Duane Gibson has, at most, two games left in his high school career at Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s in Cleveland. Gibson’s helped lead the Vikings to the state semifinals for its respective division with this stat line in a Division IV regional rout on Friday: 16 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds (in about three quarters).

—Jim Crews-coached Saint Louis, the Atlantic 10 Conference’s regular-season champion and No. 1 seed, advanced to a noon Sunday title game against Virginia commonwealth after dispatching Butler by a 67-56 score at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

—Keep in mind if watching the Atlantic 10 final that CBS gave Memphis and Southern Mississippi the Arch Madness treatment in the waning minutes of Saturday afternoon’s Conference-USA championship game, cutting away to make tip of Wisconsin/Indiana at the Big Ten Conference tournament. The Big Ten championship game is slated to start at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

Omaha World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel wrote Saturday on “Creighton’s Big Move” to the new Big East Conference, which the school is expected to announce this week. For the Missouri Valley Conference, I’ve heard there’s no absolute replacement for the Bluejays, but rather selection of a new 10th member will be a process.

—Wichita State beat writer Paul Suellentrop shared his own thoughts on the MVC’s role now in realignment. “While the MVC can’t replace Creighton’s punch in men’s basketball, the timing is such that the conference can trudge ahead,” he writes. Read Suellentrop’s full breakdown here.

—Former Southern Illinois men’s basketball coach Chris Lowery, an Evansville native and Harrison High School graduate, is seeking more than a million dollars from his former employer alleging a breach of contract and defamation by SIU officials. Coach Barry Hinson inherited a program with numerous off-the-court problems and transfers. Senior point guard Kendal Brown-Surles, another Harrison grad and Lowery’s cousin, was the only senior left on the team.

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