—Though recruiting news has gone quiet since UE signed three players in its 2013 class (and has one scholarship left for the next two classes), coaches are already looking at current high school sophomores. Hoosier Hoops Report tweeted on Tuesday that class of 2015 shooting guard Joey Morlan, out of Blackhawk Christian in Fort Wayne, plans to visit UE this week.
—Missouri State’s broadcast network will air tomorrow’s UE game from the Ford Center on ESPN3.com, which is available to local Insight and WOW! cable subscribers.
—Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle tweeted that Carl Hall, the Shockers’ leading scorer and rebounder, had his cast removed this week and will continue rehab on a surgically repaired broken thumb. Hall’s return is slated for mid-January. UE hosts Wichita State on Jan. 13.
—Will Egolf, Bradley’s sixth-year center, was arrested Monday and booked in jail on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. Egolf will not travel with the team to Southern Illinois on Wednesday, and the Peoria Journal Star reported that he should miss at least four games.
—Todd Hefferman, Southern Illinois’ beat writer, reported Tuesday that SIU’s Antonio Bryer — he left the team in December before returning days later — has again left the program and will transfer. Also, Salukis coach Barry Hinson said guard Diamond Taylor will be reinstated to play Jan. 15 against Bradley, well after Saturday’s game against UE at the Ford Center.
—The Big East Conference’s seven departing Catholic schools are scheduled to meet Friday, reports ESPN’s Andy Katz, to discuss a number of issues. Among them will most likely be when those schools can exit the Big East and who could join them from other leagues. It’s widely rumored that the MVC’s Creighton could get an invite.
—In his conference title predictions, numbers guru Ken Pomeroy projected the number of times given teams won regular-season conference titles in 10,000 simulations. That number was seven for UE, well behind 6,179 for Creighton. But it could be worse — Southern Illinois and Missouri State didn’t win one simulation.
—CBS Sports’ Missouri Valley Conference reset lists UE among teams “already out (of the NCAA tournament), barring a miracle.” That’s not hard to argue with. It later discusses Aces senior Colt Ryan as a player “who needs to step up…So far, the schemes against him have caused his numbers to slip and Evansville to get off to only a 7-6 start…” No mention of Ryan’s injury or 18 points per game since were made, so take it with a grain of salt.
—Former UE coach Jim Crews, now filling in at Saint Louis, has the Billikens 10-3 and with one of the best records in the 16-team Atlantic 10 Conference. Saint Louis has won seven games in a row, most recently upsetting No. 20 New Mexico 60-46 on New Years Eve.