UE News and Notes for March 27, 2013

—UE baseball coach Wes Carroll described his team as “allergic to RBIs” after an 8-5 loss Wednesday at Western Kentucky that dropped the Aces to 9-15 entering a weekend Missouri Valley Conference series at Bradley. Carroll’s squad left 12 runners on base in its road loss to the Hilltoppers.

—What a 24 hours it’s been for UE senior Colt Ryan. He broke Larry Humes’ scoring record, scored 39 points in a win over Canisius and then pranked the rest of his teammates on Twitter. It’s that kind of chemistry that had the Aces as one of just 32 Division I teams still playing entering Wednesday.

—After last night’s win over Canisius, UE’s men’s basketball team (21-14) is 85th in the ratings percentage index, 81st in Jeff Sagarin’s ratings and 79th at KenPom.com. Out of Conference-USA, next opponent East Carolina (18-12) is 93rd in the RPI, 132nd by Sagarin and 137th at KenPom.

On the other side of the bracket CIT bracket, Northern Iowa will host Weber State, which beat Oral Roberts to advance Wednesday night. Northern Iowa knocked off Missouri Valley Conference member Bradley to make the semifinals. Every member of the CIT final four, by the way, wears purple.

—UE’s softball team split a home doubleheader today with Murray State at Cooper Stadium, winning game one 3-0 and dropping game two 6-3. It moved the Aces to 8-16 this season.

—NPR’s story on adidas’ sleeved jerseys leads with an anecdote about Aces history: “There once was a wise old basketball coach named Arad McCutchan who led the Evansville Purple Aces to five national championships in the small-college division, dressing his Purple Aces in bright orange T-shirts. I’ve been reminded of this recently as a number of grubby athletic directors have sold out to the sporting goods companies, allowing their teams to be costumed in the most hideous outfits.”

—Drake graduate Peter A. Coclanis, now a professor at Norther Carolina, penned a column this week for SLAM Online about the MVC’s future now that Creighton’s off to the Big East Conference. Coclanis’ conclusion: The MVC’s been around a while, and it’s not going anywhere.

Colt Ryan earned National Basketball Coaches Association honors this week as an all-District 16 (MVC) player. Joining him on the first team are Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Illinois State’s Jackie Carmichael, Indiana State’s Jake Odum and Bradley’s Walt Lemon Jr.

SBNation.com blog South Orange Juice reported this week that UE’s offered junior college point guard Bobby Hunter, who’s also considering Seton Hall, Illinois State, Iona and Murray State. Hunter, a 5-foot-10 prospect that averaged 25.2 points per game at Gainesville, Fla.-based Santa Fe Junior College, plans to sign in April during the NCAA’s regular period.

—First-year Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson’s name appeared in rumors for Texas Tech’s head coaching opening, and Hinson listened for a bit before removing his hat from the ring. ”I was not searching for, nor am I seeking a job,” Hinson told the Southern Illinoisan newspaper. “I am extremely happy at Southern Illinios, but I honored their request and sat down and visited with their administration.”

—Drake, tasked with replacing fired fifth-year coach Mark Phelps, reportedly interviewed Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti over the weekend. In the early 1990s, Giacoletti served as an assistant at Illinois State.

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