Evansville Purple Aces Basketball Schedule
It is time once again for college basketball and the Evansville Purple
Aces are ready to hit the hardwood in an effort to climb up the Missouri Valley Conference standings. The Ford Center is always
one of the most exciting venues in the country to catch a college basketball game, and this year big things are expected of
the Purple Aces. Last season the Purple Aces had some struggles finishing in ninth place in the Missouri Valley Conference
with a 6-12conference record but thanks to a strong core of returning players, Evansville should be markedly improved this
season and be ready to make a big move up the conference standings. Finishing strong in the Missouri Valley Conference is
a must as it is typically a one-bid conference so a conference tournament victory is necessary for an NCAA Tournament berth.
The Purple Aces are always able to get their fans on their feet with clutch three pointers, lock down defense, impressive
dunks, and incredible passing and there is not a better place in the country than the Ford Center to catch a game.
again the Evansville Purple Aces will have to go up against all of the toughest teams in the Missouri Valley Conference including
theBradley Braves, the Drake Bulldogs, the Indiana State Sycamores, Missouri State Bears, the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, the
Illinois State Redbirds, the Northern Iowa Panthers, the Southern Illinois Salukis, and the two-time defending Missouri Valley
Conference champions the Wichita State Shockers as they attempt to make a big move up the conference standings in hopes of
positioning themselves for a top seed in the conference tournament en route to an automatic NCAA Tournament bid. Making your
way through the tough Missouri Valley Conference regular season is quite a daunting task but the Purple Aces seem to have
enough talent to make some serious noise in the conference this year. The Purple Aces will be looking to get all of the support
they can from their hometown fans for big games at the Ford Center so be sure to get your tickets from StubHub as soon as
possible so you can get in on all of the excitement.
Evansville Purple Aces Basketball History
of Evansville Purple Aces basketball dates back to the early Twentieth Century when the team was originally playing in the
NAIA and were known as the Pioneers. The program won five Division II championships before moving up to Division I play. Since
then they have participated in the NCAA Tournament 5 times and won their conference tournament three times.
Attending a top college basketball game is one of the best experiences to be found in sports. Many of the
best student athletes in the world take the court in college basketball, when this is combined with some of the most passionate
fans in all of sports there is an atmosphere in the arena that cannot be found anywhere else. When you set foot inside the
Ford Center for an Evansville Purple Aces home basketball game this will all be clear. As the teams set up for opening jump
ball the fans get on their feet and loudly cheer for their alma mater and hometown favorites. The game continues full of end
to end action, big time shots, and clutch defensive stops. All of a sudden the clock is winding down in the second half and
the two sides are wrapped up in yet another tight contest. Your palms get sweaty with each trip down the floor and each time
a player from your favorite team lets loose a shot you hold your breath until the ball tickles the twine. This continues until
the final buzzer when the Tigers' side erupts after another big win and their fans exit of the arena in jubilation. The moment
you leave the Ford Center you will want to immediately start planning your next trip to the venue to cheer on the Purple Aces.
Evansville Purple Aces Basketball Conference
The Missouri Valley Conference may often be considered a mid-major
by sports commentators but this Division I conference is not to be taken lightly. Founded in 1907, the Missouri Valley conference
is the second oldest athletic conference in the United States, the only older conference being the Big Ten. There are currently
ten schools who make up the Missouri Valley Conference: Drake, University of Evansville, Bradley, Indiana State, Loyola-Chicago,
Illinois State, University of Northern Iowa, Missouri State University, Southern Illinois, and Wichita State. Every year the
members of the Missouri Valley Conference play each another in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament which is held in
St. Louis, Missouri and has earned the nickname Arch Madness, with the winner earning an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament.
In the past few seasons Wichita State has dominated the conference in basketball and made a name for itself in the national
rankings, reaching number 2 in the 2013-2014 season as it went 34-0 before entering the Big Dance and making it to the Final
Four at the end of the 2012-2013 season before losing a close game to eventual champions Louisville.
school's nickname, the Purple Aces, came about after a sports writer reported on a basketball game when Evansville was still
known as the Pioneers and said the team was playing like Aces.