It’s a non-conference clash on the parquet floor when the Missouri Valley Conference tangles with the Horizon League up in the land of cheese. The Evansville Purple Aces are on the road as they travel to face the Green Bay Phoenix Saturday night. Evansville comes in off a 101-87 win over Miami (OH) at home last Saturday in their previous game. Green Bay took a 79-66 road loss to UCF in their last game Wednesday night. The Purple Aces lead the all-time season series between the teams 5-2, including an 80-75 home win in the most recent matchup on December 22, 2018.
Evansville Purple Aces Seek Fifth Straight WinEvansville earned their fourth straight win with another run and gun victory as they took down Miami (OH) last week. The Purple Aces look to make it five straight victories as they look to keep their high-octane offense of coach Walter McCarty going. Evansville trailed by two at the half and by three a minute into the second half before going on a 7-0 run to take a 55-51 lead. The Purple Aces led the rest of the way, widening the margin toward the middle of the second half and earning the win. Evansville shot a scorching 64.2 percent from the field, including 12 of 24 from three-point range, and controlled the glass by a 36-20 margin. Deandre Williams poured in 37 points and pulled down 10 boards to lead the Purple Aces in the victory.
The Purple Aces put up an average of 80.6 points per game this season. Evansville grabs 34 rebounds a night and dishes out 13.8 assists per contest. The Purple Aces are struggling defensively, ranking 331st in the nation in scoring defense by allowing 78.1 points per contest. Deandre Williams leads the team in scoring with 16.7 points plus 7.6 rebounds a night. K.J. Riley (14.4 points), Sam Cunliffe (11.9 ppg) and Artur Labinowicz (11.7 ppg) are also averaging in double figures. Noah Frederking, John Hall and Shamar Givance are solid role players for the team. Evansville is shooting 46.4 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Purple Aces splash 9.1 three pointers a night while shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc. Evansville is cashing in a very good 76.1 percent of their chances at the free throw line this season.
Green Bay Phoenix Hoping to Rise AgainGreen Bay suffered their third straight loss as they were unable to hang with UCF on the road in their previous contest. The Phoenix hopes they can rise to the occasion at home in this contest. Green Bay was tied at 11 early in the first half but a 16-3 UCF run put them in a 13-point hole. The Phoenix was unable to bet any closer than five the rest of the way as they ended up with the defeat. Green Bay shot 48.1 percent from the field, including four of 13 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 17 times in the loss. Amari Davis finished with 25 points to lead the Phoenix in the loss.
The Phoenix is an explosive offensive attack as they pile up an average of 80.1 points per game this season. Green Bay collects 32.8 rebounds a night while dishing out an average of 17.1 assists per game. The Phoenix is miserable defensively as they rank 347th of 353 Division I programs in scoring defense by allowing 83.5 points a game. Amari Davis leads the team with 16.1 points per game this season. JayQuan McCloud contributes 15.2 points a night while PJ Pipes (11.1 ppg) and Kameron Hankerson (10.3 ppg) are averaging in double figures. Cody Schwartz, Trevian Bell and Josh McNair are solid contributors offensively for the Phoenix. Green Bay shoots 46.4 percent from the field as a team this season. The Phoenix splashes 8.1 triples a night while shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc as a team. Green Bay is mediocre at the charity stripe, cashing in only 71.4 percent of their attempts as a team this year.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Purple Aces are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game
- Purple Aces are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Purple Aces are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games
- Phoenix are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game