MVC Roundtable: Beat writers update the season, re-evaluate the conference race

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Missouri Valley Conference beat writers take stock of the non-conference season and re-evaluate preseason predictions. TODD GOLDEN, TERRE HAUTE TRIBUNE STAR Who is your pick for Missouri Valley Conference favorite and where does Indiana State fit? Wichita State is still the favorite. At full strength, or as close to full strength as they’re going to… Read more »

Updated MVC predictions

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Now that nonconference play is essentially finished (Wichita State still hosts New Mexico State on Tuesday), it’s time to re-evaluate the impending Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball race. This will look a bit different from my preseason poll. Most notably, Illinois State hasn’t met expectations while Southern Illinois has been better than expected. But we’ll… Read more »

MVC basketball roundtable: nonconference updates

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Beat writers from around the Missouri Valley Conference provide updates on each team. Bradley (1-7) What we’ve learned: That Bradley struggled in the early going is no surprise. The Braves are the youngest, least-experienced team in Division I basketball with a roster numbering 10 freshmen, one sophomore and one senior. Following a 52-51 squeaker over… Read more »

MVC men’s basketball spring update

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    The MVC spring update is compiled from conference beat writers: Bradley (9-24, 3-15 MVC) 1. What was the team’s major off-season issue that needed addressing? Bradley’s needs were numerous after a 9-24 season. I don’t know that anyone could have predicted the massive overhaul that has taken place, starting with a new coaching staff… Read more »

A look at UE in preseason basketball rankings

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The University of Evansville men’s basketball team was chosen fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll released last week, but where do the Aces stack up in other preseason projections? Ken Pomeroy, who maintains a respected website that archives advanced statistics and projects results based on those numbers, slotted UE to finish sixth in… Read more »

The Morning After: Loyola

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Stories from UE’s second MVC win over Loyola: –Courier & Press: http://bit.ly/KsXgI3 –Chicago Sun Times: http://bit.ly/1hGGYqJ Some observations: –UE looks like it’s clicking, and the defense took major strides Saturday. Despite poor shooting and offensive execution by both teams, the Aces had numerous steals and great rebounding to not let Loyola break open the game…. Read more »

The Morning After: Southern Illinois

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Stories from UE’s first MVC win at SIU yesterday: –Courier & Press: http://bit.ly/1do1ZqJ –The Southern: http://bit.ly/1a0Tl0U Some observations: –The Aces looked a lot more loose, relaxed, and confident than they had since they started 5-0, and now with a conference win under their belt, that feeling will continue. D.J. Balentine looked like his typical self… Read more »

The Morning After: Northern Iowa

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Stories from UNI’s handling of Evansville: –Courier & Press: http://bit.ly/1euJH3I –Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: http://bit.ly/1glxAaK Some observations: –That was probably the worst effort by the team all season. UE seemed deflated right from the start after UNI took an 11-point lead minutes into the game, and it all went downhill from there. The numbers weren’t… Read more »

The Morning After: Indiana State

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Stories from Indiana State’s 81-62 win over Evansville: –Courier & Press: http://bit.ly/1gbRtkc –Terre Haute Tribune Star: http://bit.ly/1a0Pb3y Some observations: –Jaylon Moore had a fantastic game, but unfortunately that was overshadowed by the bad loss. For the first time in several games, the Aces played two forwards and benefitted from it. Moore had 14 points, taking… Read more »