—UE’s baseball team played without its offensive leader — junior Jake Mahon, who touts the Aces’ top batting average — and it showed Friday in a 6-1 loss to Creighton at Braun Stadium. The teams finish the three-game series with a 1 p.m. Saturday doubleheader. Sunday’s game was moved to Saturday due to expected inclement weather.
—With UE senior Colt Ryan within striking distance of trying Larry Humes’ program scoring record — it’s 33 points entering Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. tip against Eastern Kentucky — Humes explained just how he did it in three seasons and without the 3-point line.
—EKU has three guards averaging double figures, but the Colonels’ anchor in the middle is sophomore Eric Stutz, a Castle High School graduate. Stutz will play at home Saturday for the first time in two years and against his hometown team growing up.
—The Aces opened a 4.5-point favorite over EKU in the second-round CollegeInsider.com Tournament game, which the teams will play at the University of Southern Indiana’s Physical Activities Center. The last time UE played at the PAC, things went pretty well, as coach Marty Simmons remembers.
—After Wichita advanced in the NCAA tournament Thursday by beating Pittsburgh, the Missouri Valley Conference’s other representative, Creighton, knocked off Cincinnati on Friday to also move on.
—In other tournaments, the MVC is out of the National Invitation Tournament after Indiana State’s loss earlier this week. Bradley hosts Tulane on Saturday in the CIT and Illinois-Chicago plays at Northern Iowa. Full CIT schedule is here.
—UE signee Duane Gibson had another monster game for his Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s team on Friday, and he’ll play for the Ohio Division IV state title on Saturday. His high school coach, Babe Kwasniak, is active on Twitter (@BabeKwas) and should post the results.
—The women’s soccer program plans to honor former coach Mick Lyon and his wife, Elizabeth, at an April 13 reception for their contributions to UE and the local soccer community.
—UE released dates and registration forms for its summer women’s basketball camps.