—The Missouri Valley Conference on Monday named UE women’s basketball player Mallory Ladd its Newcomer of the Week, Ladd’s fourth weekly award since becoming eligible in December. The sophomore forward registered her seventh double-double in the Aces’ road win Saturday over Southern Illinois, going for 16 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
—Given how he’s scored the ball lately, UE senior Colt Ryan is back on pace to pass at least one more player on the Aces’ all-time list. Also, according to a poll on the Indianapolis Star’s website, Ryan belongs in the same company as these state of Indiana players: Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo and Rotnei Clarke.
—Sunday’s UE victory over Drake (you can watch the replay in full here) was big for more than just this season’s team. Looking ahead, at least two recruits — Martinsville High School’s Troy Spears and Columbus North High School’s Josh Spiedel — tweeted they were at the Ford Center for the game.
—UE hasn’t won at Southern Illinois, where the Aces play on Wednesday, since 2001. Salukis coach Barry Hinson isn’t ready for the streak to end. Southern Illinois enters off a solid week having followed an upset of Wichita State with a one-point loss to Indiana State.
—Wednesday marks another chance for Southern Illinois players Kendal Brown-Surles and Jalen Pendleton to face the hometown Aces. Brown-Surles, a senior point guard out of Harrison High School, had to make a choice to come back and play for Hinson. Pendleton, from Bosse High School, is finding success as a freshman. He was named the MVC’s Newcomer of the Week on Monday.
—After a loss at Bradley and the Drake win, UE’s place in the NCAA’s ratings percentage index remained 128th. Southern Illinois enters Wednesday’s game 199th, up from 220th last week.
—If the season ended now, UE would be the No. 4 seed at Arch Madness. The Aces are tied with Northern Iowa for the fourth-best record in the league (6-7), but they own the head-to-head advantage over the Panthers. Ahead of UE are Indiana State, Wichita State and Creighton, each of which are 9-4 in MVC play.
—Sleeves are back in basketball — just not on UE’s players. Adidas on Monday announced that some of its NBA and college teams will wear new sleeved jerseys, starting with the Golden State Warriors in a national TV game later this month. The announcement had some on the Internet harkening back to the days of sleeves on the Aces’ jerseys.
—Basketball play-by-play man Lance Wilkerson tweeted a photo of UE’s new baseball jerseys, and they look sharp. First pitch for the Aces comes Friday at Arkansas-Little Rock. Though the Aceball team no longer has star shortstop Eric Stamets, coach Wes Carroll’s squad does have a leader.
—UE women’s player Khristian Hart tweeted Monday that she’ll have surgery on Feb. 28. Hart tore her left anterior cruciate ligament Jan. 31 against Bradley, then as the Aces’ leading scorer at 14.3 points per game, and plans to come back sometime next season.