The University of Evansville (18-4, 7-2) has been knocking on the doors of the “AP Top 25” poll for weeks.
Undefeated at the Ford Center (11-0) this season, the Aces have a chance to get their foot in the door in Sunday’s sell-out, hosting No. 22 Wichita State (15-5, 9-0). Tipoff is at 3 p.m.
Nine things to know before watching the game:
- Senior Egidius Mockevicius leads the nation in rebounding, averaging 14.2 per game.
- Senior D.J. Balentine’s 21.3 ppg ranks 17th in the country.
- Sunday’s game is the third sell-out in The Ford Center’s history.
- The Shockers defeated the Aces, 67-64, Jan. 6 at home.
- The Shockers (30-5) have matched a national record with their fouth-consecutive 30-win season.
- While the Aces return all five starters, the Shockers return three starters including nine letterman.
- The Aces are coming off a CIT Tournament championship.
- Making an appearance in the Sweet 16 last year, the Shockers had the highest winning percentage in the country going into this season.
- The Shockers received votes in the AP Poll in Weeks 9-11 before Week 12’s No. 22 ranking.