—UE senior Colt Ryan’s Portsmouth Invitational Tournament game — it tips at 6 p.m. today — will be live streamed on the PIT’s website. The tournament also has a mobile app available for download on the iPhone and Android devices that streams games. Ryan talked about the start of his pro career earlier this week, emphasizing that he can be more than a spot-up shooter.
—UE’s baseball team jumped on top of Murray State in the first, but the host Thoroughbreds tallied runs in five other innings Wednesday in a 12-6 Aces loss, their third straight. Coach Wes Carroll’s squad plays a three-game non-conference set this weekend with Xavier at Braun Stadium. Game times are 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
—The Missouri Valley Conference released its final men’s basketball ratings percentage index report on Wednesday. That’s a good thing for the league, which finished as the eighth-best league in the country and the fourth-best non-conference strength of schedule. Five teams finished in the RPI top 100: Wichita State (18th), Creighton (22nd), Indiana State (72nd), Northern Iowa (80th) and UE (89th). Also, the MVC’s 13 postseason wins were the most in league history.
—Wichita State took the top spot and all but one No. 1 vote in the final CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll. Given UE’s surge late in the season, it’s somewhat surprising the Aces didn’t make the rankings. UE receiving votes but still behind teams such as Eastern Kentucky and Northern Iowa, both of which the Aces beat.
—The UE softball team split a doubleheader Wednesday with Middle Tennessee State, dropping game one 5-2 before surging to a 7-0 victory in game two.
UE’s men’s soccer team hosts crosstown rival University of Souther Indiana at 7 p.m. today at Arad McCutchan Stadium. The game is part of the Aces’ spring season. UE canceled its scheduled men’s soccer exhibition against the University of Southern Indiana due to inclement weather.
—Finally, something’s being done to stop realignment among the “Group of Five” conferences, which essentially means mid-major leagues that also play in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Conference-USA, the Mid-American Conference, American Athletic (old Big East), Mountain West and Sun Belt want to cap per-conference revenue to $12 million, or about $1 million per member. Meaning there’s almost no incentive for Football Championship Subdivision members such as Missouri State to jump to a new league.