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Illinois State (16-11) at Evansville (14-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 20, 8:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ford Center (11,000) -- Evansville, Indiana. Television: none. Home Record: ISU 10-5, Evansville 12-3. Away Record: ISU 5-5, Evansville 2-10. Neutral Record: ISU 1-1, Evansville 0-0. Conference Record: ISU 7-8, Evansville 7-8. Series Record: Illinois State leads 30-16.
GAME NOTES: In a Missouri Valley Conference matchup on Wednesday night, the Illinois State Redbirds travel to the Ford Center to face the Evansville Purple Aces.
Illinois State is coming off a 68-67 heartbreaking loss against Wichita State. The loss ended a four-game win streak for the Redbirds who have won seven of their last nine games. This is the first of a two-game road swing for Illinois State which will be heading to Utah State next.
The Purple Aces most recently suffered a 71-68 loss at the hands of Creighton. The loss was the second in a row for Evansville and the fourth in the last five games. This is the second of a two-game homestand for the Aces before hitting the road for a pair.
The Redbirds lead the all-time series between these teams 30-16 and will be looking for the season sweep after defeated the Purple Aces 67-62 back in late January.
Tyler Brown went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line and led the Redbirds with 17 points and seven rebounds in the loss to the Shockers. Johnny Hill added 14 points and seven rebounds, while Bryant Allen and Jackie Carmichael added 12 points each. Carmichael also tallied nine rebounds and three blocks but shot just 3-of-12 from the floor. The squad shot just 35.4 percent from the field and hit on only 3-of-14 attempts from 3-point range. Carmichael is the leading scorer for the Redbirds with 18.1 ppg on 53.5 percent shooting from the field, while pulling down a team-high 9.3 rpg. Illinois State is the 27th highest scoring team in the nation, posting 75.7 ppg on 46.2 percent shooting from the floor. Brown is the only other Redbird averaging in double-digit scoring with 16.7 ppg.
In the loss to the Bluejays, Ned Cox led the Purple Aces with 19 points while knocking down four 3-pointers. Colt Ryan shot just 3-of-18 from the field and 0-of-4 from beyond the arc but was still able to record a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. Adam Wing was the third and final Evansville player to score in double figures with 10 points and seven rebounds. Ryan is the squad's top scorer this season, averaging 18.7 ppg, while posting 22.0 ppg in conference play. Cox is the only other Evansville player averaging in double- figure scoring at 11.4 ppg. Although the Purple Aces allow opponents to shoot over 45.0 percent from the field, they have been able to hold them to 65.6 ppg.
The Purple Aces have been tough to beat at home this season, where they have recorded a 12-3 record. Evansville will need to keep up with the high-scoring offense of the Redbirds to get the win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Evansville 67, Illinois State 66
02/20 11:04:28 ET