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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What's Happening Today

* It's Holy Week! No April Fools! 9:30 Mass Tonight in Neu Chapel

Take 30 minutes out of your hectic schedule tonight and join us for Mass this holiest of all weeks of the year! Fr. Alex Zenthoefer will be our celebrant. All are welcome! If you have a special prayer request this week, email and UE Newman Club members will offer special prayers on your behalf. 

* Employee Wellness Nurse on Campus On April 1

On Wednesday, April 1, the wellness nurse will be in Hyde Hall Lobby from 1 -3 p.m

* UE Bookstore Sale on Wednesday and Thursday

The UE Bookstore is offering 20% OFF the original price of all UE clothing and Imprinted gift items, April 1 and 2, before the Easter break. This includes caps, tees, mugs, etc. Check out the clearance table also for some items priced to move. Clearance items are exempt from the additional 20% off. Also note the Bookstore will be closed April 3-5 for the holiday. 

* I-House: Russia

It's time for I-House again! This week's presentation is going to be on Russia! Inna Berchatova will be the presenter! She loves to read and her favorite part of UE is how diverse it is here. We look forward to hearing from her. So come this Wednesday at 7 pm upstairs in Ridgway University Center to see a great presentation! 

* Andiron Lecture by Robert Baines on April 1

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, will be the speaker at the Andiron Lecture on Wednesday, April 1, at 4:00 p.m., in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. A social gathering with beverages will precede the lecture at 3:45 p.m.

Baines’ topic will be “Finnegans Wake: How to Read.”

Baines earned his bachelor’s degree in English language and literature at Oxford University and his master’s degree in Anglo-Irish literature and PhD in English at Trinity College Dublin. Before arriving at UE, he taught at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York. He specializes in twentieth-century British and Irish literature and, most particularly, in the writings of James Joyce. He has published articles and reviews in such journals as The Journal of Modern Literature, European Joyce Studies, and Modern Fiction Studies. He is currently writing a monograph on the philosophy of Finnegans Wake.

After completing Ulysses in 1922, James Joyce spent the next 17 years working on the novel that would be his last, Finnegans Wake. Rather than enjoying the fame of its illustrious predecessor, Joyce’s final work is best known for being unreadable. This idea begs a number of questions: How can one read the unreadable? How can one write the unreadable? Perhaps most importantly, why would one choose to write a novel that cannot be read? This lecture will explore the alleged unreadability of Finnegans Wake by examining the merits and flaws of seven different strategies for reading that infamous novel.

For further information, call the series coordinator Annette Parks at 812-488-1070 or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.

* Writing Center Boot Camp: The "P" Word and Academic Honesty

“But Professor, this author writes so much better than me!” In this important workshop, you will learn how to summarize, paraphrase and use quotations to support your research and give credit to the intellectual property of your sources - essential tools for all academic writing. Join us on Wednesday, April 1 at 5 p.m. in the Writing Center. 


Upcoming Events

* UE to Host Event Announcing Indiana Civic Health Index Results

Former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton, director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, and former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard will announce results of the 2015 Indiana Civic Health Index at the University of Evansville on Friday, April 3. The event starts at 11:00 a.m. in Room 162 (Harkness Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building, and is free and open to the public.

The 2015 Indiana Civic Health Index is a report that shows how actively citizens engage in their communities and reveals overall civic health through key measurements:
• Participation in group associations
• Donation of time and talent through volunteerism
• Level of confidence in institutions—such as the media or schools
• Frequency people eat dinner with their family
• Voter registration and turnout

The forward of the report provides an explanation on the importance of civic health: “The American experiment is a testament to a diverse group of people working together… It is this “civic fabric” that holds our country together and makes it strong. Civic involvement does not simply happen however. It takes each generation to demonstrate and teach future generations what it is to be an active, engaged, and enlightened citizen … (the report) seeks to once again measure just how successfully we are doing on this score…Some of these trends are positive and things that we can continue to build on… while others are cause for concern and areas we need to improve.”

The report includes details on community involvement, volunteerism, social connectivity, voter registration and turnout, political involvement and confidence in public institutions. It details how Indiana compares to the rest of the nation and across geographic lines (urban, suburban and rural).

The first Indiana Civic Health index was published in 2011. Four years later, the publication shows the importance of education and the increase in civic participation as education levels increase. The report also explains the improving relationship between civic and economic health.

The full report is available at The Indiana Bar Foundation, Indiana Supreme Court, National Conference on Citizenship, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, Indiana University Northwest and Indiana University Center for Civic Literacy are project sponsors.

For more information on the report, contact Indiana Bar Foundation Executive Director Charles Dunlap at (317) 269-7861 or; or Center on Congress at Indiana University Outreach Specialist Phil Duncan at (703) 209-2005 or For more information on the April 3 event at UE, call 812-488-2241 or 812-488-2236. 

* Research Panel: Exploring How Stereotypes and Disgust Shape Perceptions of Sex Offenders and Their Loved Ones

Psi Chi will be holding an event open to everyone titled: "Exploring How Stereotypes and Disgust Shape Perceptions of Sex Offenders and Their Loved Ones." on Monday, April 6, 5 pm., Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building. UE faculty Margaret Stevenson, UE alum Evan McCraken, and UE student Tyler Plogher will present a series of three studies exploring perceptions of sex offenders and their loved ones. 

* Holy Thursday Communion Service in Neu Chapel, 12:15 PM

The campus community is invited to the Holy Thursday Communion Service at 12:15 p.m. in Neu Chapel, on April 2. The brief service will commemorate the Last Supper based on the accounts written in the Gospels. All are welcome, religious and non-religious. 

* Islamic Center Executive Director and Imam to Speak at UE

Omar Atia, executive director and imam of the Islamic Center of Evansville, will be speaking at the University of Evansville on Thursday, April 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building. A question and answer session will follow the lecture. Atia’s topic will be “Finding the Truth through the Noise – What Does Islam Really Stand For?” This event is free and open to the public.

Atia has been a community activist and motivational speaker for more than 15 years. Before coming to the Islamic Center of Evansville, he led youth and community development efforts in Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; and Cincinnati, Ohio. Atia’s blend of faith-based learning and real-world social-justice leadership enables him to provide a distinct take on Islam. His thought leadership stays true to faith tradition while providing a vision that is relevant and transformative for America.
Professionally, Atia is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of lean management and applied creativity. As co-founder and chief strategist of Thoughtfire, he has proven success stories with companies around the world, aiding transformations from mediocre performance to consistent, world-class results.

Atia graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in interdisciplinary engineering. He has completed courses with the Islamic American University towards a bachelor’s in Islamic studies. He was born in Illinois, lived in Cairo, Egypt, for part of his childhood, and in Indiana most of his life.

This event is sponsored by UE’s Office of Diversity Initiatives and Department of Religious Life, and hosted by the UE Muslim Students' Association.

For more information on the event, please email:

* Dirt Day!

April 25th is Dirt Day at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, KY. We are looking for volunteers to help out with trail work and the beautification of our gardens! Volunteers can meet at the museum by 8:30 am and will work until Noon, at which time, we will serve lunch! No tools or experience is necessary but we do expect volunteers to be properly clothed--closed toed shoes and clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty! Registration is appreciated, but not required. Please contact for any further information or to register for this event. See you out at the park! 

* disABILITY Awareness Event - iPad Mini Giveaway

On Tuesday, April 7 at 4 pm in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. Wade Wingler, director of assistive technology and the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, will be demonstrating accessible apps on the iPad. The iPad is one of the most accessible tools of technology for people with disabilities. Wade will be bringing 40 iPads for the audience to use so this will be a fun and interactive presentation

* Not Yet Begun to Fight Movie Discussion to feature UE student veterans

UE VETS, Office of Veterans Affairs, and UE Disability Services are sponsoring a movie discussion about the award winning documentary, "Not Yet Begun to Fight" for our campus community and friends in recognition of Disability Awareness month. The film features five veterans as they embark upon an excursion to learn the art of fly fishing from Warriors and Quiet Waters in Montana.

Warriors and Quiet Waters was started by Vietnam veteran and former Marine, Colonel Hastings. According to Colonel Hastings, fly fishing saved his life as he struggled to readjust from war. Warriors and Quiet Waters instructors teach fly fishing but so much more is discovered through the process. One of the veterans featured in the film is UE student and Iraq/Afghanistan War veteran, Erik Goodge. A panel discussion with Erik, and other UE student veterans will follow the showing.

Join us:
• Wednesday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. (panel discussion following the film)
• UE Schroeder School of Business Building, Room 162
• Limited seating, first-come-first-served
• No cost, free refreshments

The website for Warriors and Quiet waters is

The website for the film "Not Yet Begun to Fight" is 


Info You Should Know

* Faculty Regalia Rentals

Faculty that need regalia rented for May Graduation are reminded to contact the UE Bookstore as soon as possible. This will insure that proper garments and colors are provided. 

* Summer/Fall Text Adoptions Now due

Faculty are reminded that textbook adoptions for the Summer and Fall 2015 terms are now due in the UE Bookstore. Please submit your adoptions as soon as possible. Contact the Bookstore if any questions. 

* Fitness Center 2015 Easter Break Hours

The Easter Break hours for the Fitness Center will be:

Thursday April 2: 6:30 am- 7:00 pm
Friday April 3:  Closed
Saturday April 4: Closed
Sunday April 5:  Closed 

* Last Day To Drop With "W"

Any student wanting to drop a class must complete a drop/add slip with required signatures no later than 5 pm this Thursday April 2. 

* Libraries Announces Easter Recess Hours

UE Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours during Easter Recess. Contact the Libraries with questions at 812.488.2376.

Easter Recess Hours

April 2 (Th): 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April 3 (F): CLOSED
April 4 (S): CLOSED
April 5 (Sn): CLOSED
April 6 (M): Resume Regular Hours 

* UE Environmental Management News

If you are a Warrick County resident, you can bring your household hazardous waste and obsolete electronics to ALCOA Warrick Operations on April 11 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Proper disposal of hazardous waste and used oil keeps hazardous substances out of local streams and rivers. For more information, check out the UE Environmental Management Facebook page at

* Vote for People's Choice Award in Student Art Exhibition

Stop by the Melvin Peterson Gallery to view the 53nd annual Student Art Exhibition and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. Each visitor may cast one vote for his or her favorite piece of artwork. The student whose piece earns the most votes by the end of the exhibition on Friday, April 3, will be declared the winner and receive a $150 cash award.
The Melvin Peterson Gallery is open noon-3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and noon-6:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information, please contact the Department of Art at 812-488-2043.

* 2015-2016 Andiron Lecture Series Call for Papers

UE faculty and administrators as well as members of the Evansville community are invited to submit an abstract for papers on any aspect of their research or expertise for the 2015-2016 Andiron Lectures in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. All disciplines and fields of study are welcome to submit proposals. Reading time for papers is approximately 40 minutes. Deadline for abstract submission is April 10.

Please provide the following by email:
A 50-word abstract
Name, Academic Affiliation/ Occupation,
Paper title, Contact Information

Please send submissions to:
Chris Mohn at

Nominations for off-campus speakers can be sent by email to Andiron Lecture committee members Mohammad Azarian, Wes Milner, Annette Parks, John Stamm, and Chris Mohn (chair).

* Nominations open for Outstanding Senior Service Awards

Do you know a senior deserving of the highest award given by UE?  Ten finalists will be honored at a luncheon in May and one male and one female will be given this award at commencement.  Selection is based on demonstrated leadership, academic achievement and future contribution to society.

The Guthrie May and Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Award nominations will be accepted March 16-April 10, 2015.  The nomination application is available at this link:

Please print it out and share copies with students whom you would like to nominate so they can complete the requirements and submit their applications.  Copies are also available in the Dean of Students office.   Applications must be submitted to the dean of students office by April 10, 2015.  Questions can be referred to Karen Martin at or 812-488-2500. 

* Libraries Announces Easter Recess Hours

Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours during the Easter Recess. Contact the Library at 488.2462 with questions.

Thursday, April 2:  7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 3; Saturday, April 4; and Sunday, April 5: CLOSED

Monday, April 6: resume regular hours




* Mark Schoenbaum Named an Outstanding Educator of Year

Mark Schoenbaum, art teacher at Memorial High School and UE ceramics instructor for the last 15 years, has been selected as Outstanding Educator of the Year (high school teacher category) in Vanderburgh County. This honor is in recognition of his excellence in teaching at Memorial High School, where he has been the art instructor for decades. While Mark has demonstrated teaching excellence at Memorial, he has generously shared his teaching and ceramics talents with the University of Evansville

* Phi Sigma Iota holds initiation ceremony

The Epsilon Beta chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, held its annual initiation ceremony on Sunday afternoon, March 22, in Ridgway University Center.  Six students representing three languages were inducted into membership.  New members include Kaylynn Carver, Tessa McLinden, Hannah Mitchell, Ashley Ring, Sarah Stuckwisch and Joshua Taylor.  Faculty advisor Ann Baker, gave the opening remarks and welcomed the new members. PSI president, Rebekah Calahan, conducted the ceremony along with members Hillary Degenhardt, Alex Schmitt and Jamelyn Wheeler.  Dr. William Hemminger, Professor of English, served as guest speaker for the event.   A dessert reception for members, initiates, faculty and friends followed the ceremony.  Phi Sigma Iota members are elected from among outstanding advanced undergraduate students and faculty in foreign languages.  The Epsilon Beta chapter has initiated 168 members since it was installed here in April 2000.  

* Yazdanparast and Alhenawi Have Paper Accepted for Presentation

Atefeh Yazdanparast, assistant professor of marketing, and Yasser Alhenawi, assistant professor of finance, have had their paper “Personality Traits, Attitude, and Households’ Borrowing” selected for presentation at the 2015 FMA Applied Finance Conference (Consortium on Research in Emotional Finance: Emotional, Neural, and Behavioral Aspects of Decision-making). This is a highly selective consortium, with time devoted to 5-6 high quality papers, discussants, and a limited number of other researchers. The research is an interdisciplinary examination of the impact of psychological factors on households’ borrowing behavior. The results provide strong evidence that personal attitudinal biases towards money, risk, financial planning, and borrowing influence households’ borrowing behavior. The findings have academic and practical implications for social planners, lending institutions, and other financial services providers. 

* Plikuhn and Long Present at Midwest Sociological Society Meetings

Mari Plikuhn, assistant professor of sociology, and Elizabeth Long, junior sociology and psychology major, presented their paper, "When the Baby Never Comes: Stillbirth, Miscarriage, and Social Support" at the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 27. Long also presented her single-authored paper, "Intersexuality and Feminism: Who Will Fight for the Intersex?" at the MSS meetings.

Plikuhn and Long



* Season-high 21 Hits Propel Purple Aces to 15-11 win at UT-Martin

The University of Evansville baseball team (13-11) utilized an eight-run fourth inning to win 15-11 at UT-Martin on Tuesday night. All nine starters in the UE lineup recorded at least one run batted in as Evansville earned their season-best third win in a row. The 21 Evansville hits are the most for the Purple Aces this season.

“This was a good win for us,” said Evansville head coach Wes Carroll. “You have to feel good about yourself when the team puts 21 hits and 15 runs on the scoreboard. It was great to see our offense come alive, produce, and put together some really good swings.”

Down 2-0, UE tied and took the lead in the top of the third. An RBI single from outfielder Josh Jyawook cut the deficit in half and a double by outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski evened up the score. An Eric McKibban RBI groundout later in the inning gave Evansville a 3-2 lead.

Ahead by a run, UE extended their lead by batting around and scoring eight runs in the fourth inning. After the first two batters were retired, Evansville had 11 straight baserunners reach base safely. A base-hit from outfielder Jarod Perry and a two-RBI single by infielder Jonathan Ramon made it 6-2 Aces. Then, four straight run producing singles from infielder Shain Showers, designated hitter Max Foley, catcher Travis Tokarek and infielder Stewart Nelson gave UE an 11-2 edge.

After the Skyhawks plated six runs in the bottom of the inning, Evansville’s lead dwindled to 11-8 entering the fifth. Kaczmarski hit another RBI double in the inning and Ramon followed with a two-run home run for the 14-8 advantage. The Aces added a run in the seventh on a solo home run from Showers and withstood two runs in the ninth from UT-Martin for the 15-11 victory.

Kaczmarski set a new career-high in hits with five in the win. With two doubles on the evening, Kaczmarski has tied Anthony Molina (1997-2000) for eighth most in program history (54).

Ramon’s four RBIs also set a new career-best. Foley’s three hits and Perry’s three runs also tied career-highs. Eight UE starters had at least one run scored in the game. Eight Purple Aces starters also recorded at least one hit each in the win as well.

“Hopefully we can carry the momentum and our offense can stay clicking into this big weekend series on the road at Illinois State,” added Carroll.

The three-game series between the Purple Aces and the Redbirds begins on Friday, April 3. First pitch at Duffy Bass Field is set for 4:30 p.m. CDT. The teams will also play on Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 p.m. CDT and Sunday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m. CDT. The next home game for the Purple Aces will also be against UT-Martin on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. 

* Evansville advances to CIT Championship game

Another total team effort saw the University of Evansville men’s basketball team defeat UT Martin by a final of 79-66 to earn a berth in the Championship game on Thursday. The foe for the Purple Aces will be Northern Arizona, who defeated NJIT by a final of 68-61 in their semifinal game on Tuesday.

Game time on Thursday will be 6 p.m. Tickets will remain at $15 for Thursday’s game while youth tickets (under 17) are just $5. They are available beginning at 8 a.m. at the Carson Center Ticket office and through Ticketmaster. Fans may also purchase tickets at the Ford Center Box Office beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Season ticket holders who provided payment for their seats will also have their tickets available beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. For more information, call 812-488-ACES.

D.J. Balentine was the top scorer for Evansville (23-12) once again, scoring a game-high 28 points on a 10-of-16 shooting day. His efforts from outside also continued to hold strong as he hit four of his seven triples. Adam Wing had one of his best games of the season, knocking down his first seven shots of the night on his way to 16 points.

Blake Simmons also had a stellar outing, setting his career mark with seven assists while scoring 13 points. His seven helpers led an onslaught that saw UE register 23 assists on 32 makes while finishing the night shooting 57.1%.

UT Martin (21-13) finished one of its best seasons in school history. Following an 8-win campaign last season, the Skyhawks had one of the top five turnarounds in the nation. They held strong on Tuesday thanks to sharp shooting from 3-point range. They drained 13 out of 27 triples.

Deville Smith was responsible for six of those shots from outside. He finished with a team-best 18 points. Tymond Howard posted 17 points and 10 rebounds while Alex Anderson had 15 tallies, 12 of which coming from the long ball.

Six lead changes took place in the first 12 minutes of the game. UT Martin utilized the 3-ball while the Aces were working down low, posting 26 points in the paint in the first 20 minutes of the game. Six of the first nine makes for the Skyhaws came from outside. The fifth of which gave them a 21-20 lead with 9:24 remaining in the opening frame. That would be their last lead of the game.

A triple by Balentine put the lead back in the hands of the Aces before a Terrence Durham layup knotted the game up at 28-28 with 5:45 left. That is where the Aces made a game-changing run. Over the final minutes of the half, UE outscored UTM by an 18-6 margin to head into the break, up 46-34. At one point, UE hit seven shots in a row. That streak helped them finish the first half shooting 65.5% (19/29).

Out of the break, that run continued. Evansville scored the next 12 points over the first four minutes of the second half to open up a 58-34 advantage. Back-to-back three’s by Balentine capped off the run. A Javier Martinez tip in at the 15:36 mark were the Skyhawk’s first points of the second half.

UT Martin continued to shoot well from outside. Those efforts helped them get within 12 points at 71-59 with just under seven minutes to go. The Aces were able to withstand the rally and take the 79-66 win.

Duane Gibson set his season mark with 8 assists while Egidijus Mockevicius and Mislav Brzoja led the Aces with 7 rebounds apiece as the Aces won the rebounding battle, 30-27.

* Purple Aces Take Three Game Winning Streak on the road to Illinois State

The University of Evansville baseball team (13-11) continues an eight-game roadswing with a three-game weekend series at the Illinois State Redbirds. First pitch on Friday, April 3 at Duffy Bass Field is set for 4:30 p.m. CDT. The teams will also play on Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 p.m. CDT and Sunday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m. CDT.

Friday, April 3 at 4:30 p.m. CT
UE RHP Connor Strain (1-3, 5.25 ERA) vs. ILS LHP Will Hendran (3-2, 3.46)

Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 p.m. CT
UE RHP Patrick Schnieders (2-3, 4.37) vs. ILS LHP Jacob Hendren (4-1, 3.20)

Sunday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m. CT
UE LHP Brodie Harkness (3-1, 4.84) vs. ILS RHP Jack Landwehr (2-3, 5.35)

Audio for all three games will be available on WUEV and Play by play announcer Mike Radomski will have the call for all three games. The pregame show begins 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

The contest will also have live stats provided at .

Video is available at

Fans can also follow the Aces progress on twitter. Updates will be posted on the @UEAthletics account.

Evansville utilized an eight-run fourth inning to win 15-11 at UT-Martin on Tuesday night. All nine starters in the UE lineup recorded at least one run batted in as Evansville earned their season-best third win in a row. The 21 Evansville hits are the most for the Purple Aces this season.

Illinois State (12-13, 0-3) won 18-14 at Eastern Illinois on Tuesday night. The Redbirds scored six runs in the ninth for a comeback victory. Illinois State was swept last weekend at Dallas Baptist. Prior to the series at DBU, the Redbirds swept Eastern Kentucky at home (March 20-22). Illinois State has only played four home games this year (3-1).

Illinois State leads the all-time series with Evansville 58-44-1. The Aces swept the Redbirds in a three-game series at home last spring. Illinois State took two of the three games in the last meetings at Duffy Bass Field in 2013.

Evansville is led offensively by outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski with a team-best .443 batting average, 31 hits, seven doubles, two triples, 20 runs batted in, and four stolen bases this season. Outfielder Josh Jyawook is also batting at a .310 clip. Infielder Jonathan Ramon has a team-best four home runs. Right-hander Conor Gilligan has a team-low 2.38 earned run average. Seven different UE pitchers have recorded at least one win including three from right-hander Matt Rodgers. The team is cumulatively hitting .259 this season with a 4.67 team ERA.

Catcher/first baseman Paul DeJong has a team-high .427 batting average. Outfielder Daniel Dwyer (.333) and infielder Jared Hendren (.329) are also hitting over .300 as well. DeJong leads the Redbirds with 10 home runs and 31 runs batted in this year. Left-hander Jack Czeszewski has the lowest ERA on the team (3.12). Lefty Jacob Hendren leads the team with four wins. The team batting average is .291 as the Redbirds hold a 5.63 earned run average.

After the weekend series at Illinois State, the Aces will return to home for a game on Tuesday, April 7 vs. UT-Martin. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. at Braun Stadium. After an eight game roadswing, it will be the first of six straight home games for the Purple Aces.

* Men's Basketball welcomes UT Martin on Tuesday

The University of Evansville men’s basketball team will be back at the Ford Center on Tuesday evening to face UT Martin in the semifinals of the Tournament beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets are still available for just $15 while youth (under 17) tickets cost $5. You may purchase tickets at the Carson Center Ticket Office, the Ford Center, by calling 812-488-ACES or by visiting For those unable to make it to Evansville, you can watch the game live on the CBS Sports Network.

Should the Purple Aces defeat the Skyhawks on Tuesday, they would officially host the championship game on Thursday evening. A release with full information on that possibility will be sent out later.

Evansville played one of its best games of the season in a raucous atmosphere on its way to defeating Louisiana, 89-82, on Thursday at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette. It was D.J. Balentine leading the way once again, hitting 11 of his 18 attempts on his way to tying his season mark of 35 points. The Aces shot 56.6% in the win, including 60% (15/25) in the first half alone; UL shot just 41.4%.

UE led by 7 at halftime before the Ragin Cajuns cut the gap to one in the second half; the Aces overcame that to lead by 10 in the final minutes. With Egidijus Mockevicius in foul trouble, Jaylon Moore came off the bench to score 10 in the first half; Adam Wing (11) and Mislav Brzoja (10) also finished in double figures.

Thanks to the 89-82 win at Louisiana, the Aces are set to host UT Martin on Tuesday, March 31. It is the latest game in program history; two years, ago, UE faced East Carolina on March 30, which was the previous record. This will also mark the latest home game in school history as the previous late game was on March 22, 1988 as UE hosted Boston College in the NIT. In 2013, UE faced Eastern Kentucky on March 23 in the CIT, but this was played at USI and went in the books as a neutral site game.

Since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, D.J. Balentine has been one of the top scorers in the country, his total of 1,431 points is the second-most in the nation over that span. The only other player to score more was Tyler Haws of BYU, his total finished at 1,543.

The Purple Aces have done a great job this season in their efforts away from the Ford Center. Overall, UE is 10-7 away from home; it is the first time UE has won that many games away from home since winning 12 away from Roberts Stadium in 1998-99. In true non-conference road games, the Aces are a perfect 4-0; in 1994-95, the Aces were 2-0 in those games, prior to that, the top non-conference road mark came in 1964-65 as UE was 12-0 away from home. With wins at Eastern Illinois and Louisiana, the Aces won back-to-back postseason road games for the first time since 1967-68 when UE defeated Lincoln (Mo.) and Missouri State in the NCAA Tournament.

UT Martin was just 8-23 last season, but made one of the top jumps in the nation and is currently 21-12. The Skyhawks also jumped from 3-13 in Ohio Valley Conference play to 10-6 this season. Five players are averaging double figures for the team, including three checking in at over 13 PPG. Deville Smith tops that list with 13.7 points and a team-best 57 steals. Twymond Howard is second at 13.5 while Marshun Newell is third with 13.4 points and a team-best 7.0 rebounds. As a team, UTM is shooting 45.2% from the field and 44.2% (34/77) from outside in the CIT.


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