Evansville vs. Drake: Full Game Preview

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Evansville vs. Drake: Full Game Preview
Evansville
(11-6, 2-4 away)
Drake
(7-9, 5-4 home)
Venue: Knapp Center
8:05PM ET / 5:05PM PT, January 16, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Evansville C Ryan 16.4 T Taylor 7.4 T Taylor 4.3
Drake B Simons 14.5 J Clarke 8.1 R Carter 3.8

In their last match-up, Ben Simons finished with 23 points and 5 rebounds in the Bulldogs 82-77 victory over Illinois State on January 12th. With 14.5 points per game, he leads the team in scoring average. For the Aces, Colt Ryan finished with 24 points and 8 assists in the 71-67 win over Wichita State on January 13th. With 16.4 points per game and 1.5 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. From a tempo-free perspective, Evansville is strong in turnover percentage at 17.1. This is good enough for 2nd in the conference and 27th in the nation.

Evansville StatSmack

  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Drake has come back to win after being down at half against Evansville 5 times since 2001.
  • Seth VanDeest is ranked 7th in the Missouri Valley in blocks.
  • You get an A for effort, but Drake has emerged victorious against Evansville the last 3 times they've played.
  • Drake has a better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (0.507 to 0.407).
  • Drake embarrassed Evansville by 24 points the last time they played (Feb 12, 2012).
  • AP voters think more highly of Drake and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Evansville (15 vs 0).
  • Drake is a better three-point shooting team (41.0% vs 36.2%) than Evansville this season.
  • We just win. Drake has more wins over the last 5 years than Evansville (96 vs 74).
  • Richard Carter is ranked 7th in the Missouri Valley in assists.
  • Jordan Clarke is ranked 3rd in the Missouri Valley in rebounds.
  • Drake is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Drake is 209 lbs compared to 203 lbs for Evansville.
EVAN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Colt Ryan 28 16 3 4 2 0 2
B- Troy Taylor 30 7 7 4 1 0 2
C+ Ned Cox 31 11 2 3 1 0 1
C E. Mockevicius 17 6 4 0 0 1 1
C D.J. Balentine 22 8 1 1 0 0 1
C Lewis Jones 21 7 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Jaylon Moore 13 5 2 0 0 1 1
D+ Jordan Jahr 16 4 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Ryan Sawvell 13 5 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Adam Wing 10 3 2 1 0 0 1
D Mike Leazer 2 0 1 0 1 0 0
D R. Cesnulevicius 3 1 2 0 0 0 0
D Andy Chinn 2 0 1 0 0 0 1
D Jordan Nelson 8 2 1 0 0 0 0
D B. Williams 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
DRAKE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Ben Simons 34 15 4 2 1 0 2
C Jordan Clarke 26 9 8 1 1 0 1
C Seth VanDeest 22 10 4 1 1 1 2
C Joey King 20 8 3 1 0 0 1
C- Chris Hines 26 10 2 1 1 0 1
C- Richard Carter 23 8 2 4 1 0 2
D+ Micah Mason 17 6 1 2 1 0 2
D Gary Ricks Jr. 16 4 1 1 0 0 1
D Daddy Ugbede 7 2 2 0 0 0 0
D- Jeremy Jeffers 10 3 1 0 0 0 1
D- Matt Bowie 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
F M. McLaughlin 3 0 1 0 0 0 1
F Kori Babineaux 9 1 1 1 0 0 2
F Robert Puleikis 6 4 2 0 0 0 0
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