—All talk of a Missouri Valley Conference championship run for the UE women’s basketball program will be put on hold for now. In the first half of Thursday’s 78-52 loss at Bradley, sophomore Khristian Hart went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will be out for the rest of the season.
—Hart is one among many injured players on coach Oties Epps’ roster right now. Get the rundown here.
—While reporting that Santa Fe (Fla.) College point guard Bobby Hunter received an offer recently from Iona, JUCOrecruiting.com noted “strong interest” from UE and Murray State. The Aces do have a scholarship available, and it seems as if former verbal commit Ernie Duncan is looking elsewhere in the state.
—MVC Fans put together an “if the season ended now” seeding projection for Arch Madness, with UE sliding in fourth behind top-seeded Wichita State, Creighton and Indiana State. Seeding tiebreakers are also listed for future reference.
—Former UE coach Jim Crews, now filling in on an interim basis at Saint Louis, scored a big win Thursday when his Billikens upset ninth-ranked Butler, 75-58. And when asked by Aces play-by-play man Lance Wilkerson about Crews’ chances to land the job on a permanent basis, ESPN college basketball expert Andy Katz tweeted: “If Jim Crews wants the job he should get it/have it.”
—UE sophomore Jordan Jahr, suspended by coach Marty Simmons before Tuesday’s game against Northern Iowa, did not practice Thursday. No word yet on whether Jahr will travel with the Aces to Missouri State.
—February’s MVC TV schedule doesn’t include any UE games, though the Aces’ games Feb. 10 against Drake and Feb. 16 versus Creighton — both at the Ford Center — will be broadcast on ESPN U.
—Not UE-related, but rather the Ford Center: The Great Lakes Valley Conference on Thursday announced title sponsorship and details for its men’s and women’s Division II tournaments in the downtown arena this March.