Aces to Face Last Year’s NCAA Tourney Cinderella, Loyola, Tuesday

Aces to Face Last Year’s NCAA Tourney Cinderella, Loyola, Tuesday

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - In a nationally-televised contest, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team welcomes defending league champion Loyola to the Ford Center for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday night. CBS Sports Network will have the broadcast.

Setting the Scene

- Evansville has won 7 of its first 8 home games this season

- UE is 14-10 in 24 home contests against the Ramblers

- The defense is off to an excellent start in Valley play, holding the first two opponents to just 37.3% shooting overall and 20.5% (9-of-44) from long range

Last Time Out

- Illinois State picked up a 58-46 win over the Aces on Saturday

- Evansville shot 32.7% from the field in the game while going 7-of-26 (26.9%) from outside

- Evan Kuhlman and Marty Hill posted 14 points apiece; it was a career-high for Kuhlman

- Trailing by four at the half, UE closed within one in the second half before the Redbirds pulled away

- UE had 16 turnovers in the game and dropped to 1-3 when turning the ball over more than the opponent this season

Takeaways from Illinois State

- Sophomore Evan Kuhlman set career marks with 14 points and 33 minutes of work; he added 5 rebounds, 2 assists and a blocked shot

- Marty Hill tallied 14 points hitting six buckets including two triples

- The bench for UE did not record a point for the first time this season; the ISU bench scored just four points; Evansville is 1-6 this season when losing the battle of bench points

- UE is also 1-6 this year when being outscored in the paint

Home Cooking

- Over the last two games, Evan Kuhlman has averaged 12 points per game while connected on 8 of his last 14 attempts and 5 out of 9 3-point tries

- Included in that tally is a career-high 14 points at Illinois State as he connected on three treys and all three free throw tries

- Kuhlman scored 12 points while going 4-for-6 from outside at Xavier in front of his home town crowd

- It was his first double figure scoring game at UE; he scored 11 in the win over Ball State and added 10 against Drake

- In another road game near his home (Miami OH), Kuhlman set his career mark with three assists

- Kuhlman has registered 5 or more points in 11 out of 15 games

Scouting the Opponent

- Coming off of a run to the Final Four last season, Loyola comes to the Ford Center with a 9-6 record and have won their first two conference games

- After earning a 79-44 win over Indiana State, Loyola won by an 85-74 final at Drake on Saturday

- Clayton Custer leads the Ramblers with 14.5 points per game; he is the reigning MVC Player of the Year

- Marques Townes has posted 13.9 points while Cameron Krutwig checks in with 13.6 PPG

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