—As a follow up to last Saturday’s UE loss to Murray State, I asked: “Will this University of Evansville men’s basketball season be a special one or just another one?” The Aces have yet to nail down a signature win against Notre Dame (22nd by Jeff Sagarin), Colorado State (64th) and Murray State (56th), though they do play Butler (43rd) on Dec. 22. UE also started 5-4 during the 2010-2011 season and 4-5 during the 2011-2012 season, both before finishing 16-16.
—After seeing the Courier & Press story on UE student Bryce Weiler speaking to Murray State’s team last Friday, WPSD out of Paducah, Ky., ran its own feature and asked the Racers what they thought of the speech.
—This season will mark the end of the BracketBusters Challenge as we now know it. I analyzed what this means for the Missouri Valley Conference — at least as far as what’s now known, which is that the league may lose a few TV opportunities but also rid what’s become an inconvenience.
—UE announced two local women’s golf signees, as Castle High School’s Kayla Katterhenry and Maggie Camp, from North Posey High School, will join coach Jim Hamilton’s program next year. Katterhenry’s uncle, Ed, is a former men’s basketball player and in UE’s athletics hall of fame.
—After leading the UE men’s soccer team with 15 points during his freshman season, Faik Hajderovic was named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Midwest Region Third Team this week. Hajderovic adds the honor to his all-Missouri Valley Conference honorable mention recognition, as well as a spot on the all-MVC freshman team and all-tournament team.
—MVC commissioner Doug Elgin updated the league’s status Tuesday on his “Comissioner’s Corner” video segment, adding his thoughts on the addition of Dallas Baptist as a baseball-only member.
—The MVC released its weekly men’s basketball notebook, and experts at CBS Sports debated Creighton junior Doug McDermott’s potential as the national player of the year.