Evansville’s new Ford Center is wedged into the downtown area, as opposed to Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena and its prominent position on the skyline. The Ford Center is smaller (11,000 seats for basketball) than IBA, but similar in many ways. Most important, it is a big upgrade over Roberts Stadium, Evansville old home.
For TV viewers, the Ford Center should look brighter. It’s got ice underneath the basketball floor and it’s warm today. Sometimes that leads to a slippery surface. The Shockers didn’t have problems during their shoot-around this afternoon.
Evansville makes things tough on itself by falling behind in the first half. The Aces survived with big rallies in wins over Northern Iowa and Miami (Ohio).Creighton scored 76 points and committed 20 turnovers, which tells you how well the Jays shot the ball.Missouri State’s bench, rarely used last season, is helping the Bears this season.MSU can go to 3-0 in the MVC with a win over Illinois State tonight.Bradley’s Dyricus Simms-Edwards and Taylor Brown concern SIU.