Illinois State (16-11) at Evansville (14-13)
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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
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
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
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
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
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