—A story I’ve wanted to write since the Western Illinois game, when the opposing bench yelled “shooter!” every time D.J. Balentine touched the ball, is about the freshman’s impact as a scorer early for the Aces. Balentine has said on many occasions he didn’t come to UE to do anything other than win. He’ll have four solid years in the rotation to do so.
—No. 8 Kentucky lost Thursday night 64-50 at Notre Dame. Maybe now is a good time to remind that UE only lost by nine when the Aces opened their season in South Bend.
—Former UE great Scott Haffner will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, its board of directors announced this week. Haffner remains close to coach Marty Simmons and the Aces’ program.
—Colorado State’s top rebounder and a key piece from last year’s NCAA tournament team, Pierce Hornung, is 50-50 to play Saturday against UE while suffering concussion-like symptoms.
—The UE-Colorado State game will be the Aces’ third in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. The last time UE played on the road in the Challenge, the Aces got out to Air Force early and had time to adjust. They won’t have the same luxury against Colorado State.