Yale (0-2) at Evansville (0-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 16, 8:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ford Center (11,000) -- Evansville, Indiana. Television: None. Home Record: Yale 0-0, Evansville 0-1. Away Record: Yale 0-1, Evansville 0-1. Neutral Record: Yale 0-1, Evansville 0-0. Conference Record: Yale 0-0, Evansville 0-0. Series Record: Yale leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Evansville Subregional Round of the 2012 NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Classic moves forward on Friday night, as the host Evansville Purple Aces entertain the Yale Bulldogs at the Ford Center.
The Bulldogs have made the trip after opening the campaign with consecutive losses a bit closer to home. On Saturday the squad was defeated by Sacred Heart in overtime by a score of 85-82 and then Monday saw the group being crushed by Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia, 61-35.
Meanwhile the Purple Aces, under the direction of head coach Marty Simmons who is in his sixth season, went up against nationally-ranked and in-state foe Notre Dame in the opener over the weekend and, while hard fought, still came away with a 58-49 setback versus the Fighting Irish in the season opener. Yesterday the team matched up against Buffalo at home and was dealt a 56-50 setback.
The Bulldogs won the only previous meeting between these two schools more than half-a-century ago when the squad delivered a 92-83 victory on the road in Indiana.
Yale didn't stand a chance against the Hawks at either end of the floor on Monday night as the hosts opened the meeting on an 8-0 run and never looked back. The Bulldogs shot a woeful 6-of-24 from the floor in the first half, including a mere 2-of-11 behind the three-point line. In the end, the visitors had just 13 made field goals, against 18 turnovers in the 26-point setback. Yale didn't have a single player score in double figures as the starting five combined to shoot just 8-of-35 from the floor. Armani Cotton and Brandon Sherrod both tallied eight points in the losing cause. After two games this team is scoring a mere 58.5 ppg and only Austin Morgan has been able to score significant points with his 7-of-19 effort from three-point range, resulting in 16.0 ppg. Justin Sears is in for 9.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg for a group that has shot only 36.4 percent from the field and 60.5 percent at the charity stripe.
In a game that saw eight ties and six lead changes, the Purple Aces had a chance to defend their home floor against Buffalo on Thursday, but the squad simply couldn't make it happen down the stretch. In the second half Evansville shot a mere 2-of-11 behind the three-point line and a woeful 1-of-5 at the charity stripe in a meeting that was decided by just six points. Lewis Jones was the top scorer for Evansville with 14 points off the bench, while fellow reserve Egidijus Mockevicius accounted for 12 in just 15 minutes in a reserve role. The only starter in double figures was Ned Cox with 10 points as the other four shot a combined 4-of-20 from the floor, with Troy Taylor failing to get off a single shot from the field in 33 minutes of action. After two games the Aces don't have a single player averaging double figures, the team as a whole checking in at a mere 49.5 ppg as they shoot a miserable 32.8 percent from the field and a dismal 8-of-40 beyond the arc.
Even though Evansville should have the support of the crowd behind it, that probably won't be enough for a team that can't seem to throw the ball in the ocean right now.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Yale 59, Evansville 55
11/16 10:47:56 ET