Miami-Ohio (1-4) at Evansville (5-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 7, 2:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ford Center (11,000) -- Evansville, Indiana. Television: None. Home Record: Miami-Ohio 1-1, Evansville 4-0. Away Record: Miami-Ohio 0-3, Evansville 1-3. Neutral Record: Miami-Ohio 0-0, Evansville 0-0. Conference Record: Miami-Ohio 0-0, Evansville 0-0. Series Record: Evansville leads, 9-4.
GAME NOTES: The Evansville Purple Aces will try to end a three-game losing streak, while the Miami-Ohio Redhawks try to string consecutive wins together for the first time this season when the two face each other on Saturday at the Ford Center.
After winning its first five games of the season, Evansville has yet to find a victory. Last time out, the Purple Aces fell to Murray State 65-63. D.J. Balentine scored 25 points and dished out eight assists for Evansville, which wrapped up a three-game road trip winless.
Balentine, who has scored at least 20 points in six of eight games this season, leads the Purple Aces with 25.3 points per game. He shoots a blistering 46.2 percent from 3-point range and 48.8 percent from the floor, while converting nearly 92 percent of his free-throw attempts. Adam Wing is the only other double-figure scorer for Evansville, averaging 10.8 points per game.
The Redhawks are coming off a 94-87 win over IPFW on Tuesday. Will Felder scored 22 of his career-high 26 points in the second half and Will Sullivan added his own career-best of 23 points for Miami-Ohio, which ended a four-game losing streak to win for the first time this season.
Felder leads the Redhawks with 14.0 ppg. He's also grabbing an average of 6.2 boards per game for Miami-Ohio, which is averaging only 64.8 points per game. Reggie Johnson adds 12 points per game for the Redhawks.
Miami-Ohio will be missing Blake McLimans for the rest of the season after he announced he was leaving the program to be with a family member who is dealing with an illness. McLimas had started four games for the Redhawks and averaged 6.5 points and 4.8 boards.
Evansville has won the last two matchups against Miami-Ohio and leads the all- time series 9-4. The Purple Aces, led by Balentine, should continue that trend today against a Miami-Ohio team that averages just 64.8 points per game compared to over 77 per contest for the Purple Aces. Evansville has won six of the seven contests at home and expect that trend to continue.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Evansville 82, Miami-Ohio 68
12/07 10:45:15 ET