Pregame notes: Missouri State vs. Evansville

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Basic info: Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinal — No. 7 Missouri State (13-18) vs. No. 2 Evansville (23-8), 6 p.m. Friday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. How they got here: Missouri State beat Drake 69-67 Thursday in a first-round game; Evansville finished 12-6 in the conference during the regular season, earning a first-round bye. Preview story: Aces need strong… Read more »

My all-MVC ballot

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Here are my selections, in rank order, with some notes/justifications added. Keep in mind I couldn’t vote for Evansville players or coaches, with the exception of the all-bench and most-improved teams. ALL-CONFERENCE  1. Fred VanVleet, Wichita State (Player of the Year) 2. Ron Baker, WSU 3. Wes Washpun, Northern Iowa — I chose Washpun over… Read more »

The Day After: Northern Iowa 54, Evansville 52

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Leftover notes, quotes and observations from the Panthers’ win Saturday. You can read my game story here. 1. Northern Iowa has now held UE to its two lowest point totals of the season. Both games were close, but the only times Evansville has scored in the 50s this season have come in losses to Northern… Read more »

HALFTIME: Northern Iowa 25, Evansville 16

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The Northern Iowa men’s basketball team held Evansville to its lowest-scoring half of the season in taking a 25-16 lead Saturday at the Ford Center. Evansville finished 5 of 17 from the field — including 1 of 5 from 3-point range — while committing nine turnovers. Star center Egidijus Mockevicius didn’t attempt a field goal… Read more »

Pregame notes: Northern Iowa at Evansville

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Basic info: Northern Iowa (18-12, 10-7 MVC) at Evansville (23-7, 12-5), 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ford Center Preview story: UE seniors’ impact goes beyond statistics TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network; WUEV 91.5 FM   PROBABLE STARTERS Northern Iowa: Wes Washpun (6-1, Sr., G, 14.1 ppg, 5.4 apg); Matt Bohannon (6-4, Sr., G, 12.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg); Paul Jesperson (6-6,… Read more »

The Day After: Evansville 83, Southern Illinois 71

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Here are some leftover notes, quotes and observations from Evansville’s win Saturday over Southern Illinois. You can read my game story here. Since this was a press conference that featured SIU coach Barry Hinson, let’s get straight to the quotes. Here’s Hinson on a variety of topics: — On the Salukis missing 11 first-half shots from… Read more »

HALFTIME: Evansville 45, Southern Illinois 36

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D.J. Balentine tallied 16 points and four assists Saturday to lead Evansville to a 45-36 halftime lead over Southern Illinois at the Ford Center. The Aces shot 17 for 26 from the field (65.4 percent) but the Salukis cut into a 16-point deficit with timely 3-point shooting. SIU canned three straight triples after falling behind 36-20… Read more »

Pregame notes: Southern Illinois at Evansville

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Basic info: Southern Illinois (21-7, 10-5 MVC) at Evansville (21-7, 10-5 MVC), 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ford Center Preview story: Simmons finding his 3-point stroke for Evansville ahead of showdown with SIU TV/Radio: Fox Sports Indiana; WUEV 91.5 FM   PROBABLE STARTERS Southern Illinois: Sean O’Brien (6-7, Jr., F, 12.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg); Bola Olaniyan (6-7, Jr., C,… Read more »

MVC Roundtable: Wichita State’s recent losses, Missouri State’s promising young core, advice for the commissioner

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A sampling of opinions from media members around the Missouri Valley Conference 1. How intriguing is the MVC Tournament after Wichita State’s losses to Illinois State and Northern Iowa? Extremely intriguing. The Shockers’ losses to ISU and UNI has given hope to those playing on Friday that maybe they can steal an invite to the… Read more »

The Day After: Evansville 74, Loyola 73

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Here are some leftover notes and quotes from Evansville’s white-knuckle win at Loyola on Sunday. You can read my game story here. 1. The two halves couldn’t have been more different. At halftime, I felt like Evansville had regained its swagger and confidence. It was one of UE’s best halves all season. The Aces put up… Read more »

The Day After: Illinois State 70, Evansville 60

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Here are some leftover notes, quotes and observations from Illinois State’s win over Evansville on Thursday at the Ford Center. You can read my game story here. 1. Turnovers and missed shots proved how out of sorts the Aces were offensively. Evansville, one of the nation’s top assist-to-turnover teams early this season, continued its recent… Read more »