Evansville Purple Aces men's basketball

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Evansville Purple Aces
2013–14 Evansville Purple Aces men's basketball team
Evansville Purple Aces athletic logo
University University of Evansville
Conference Missouri Valley
Location Evansville, IN
Head coach Marty Simmons (6th year)
Arena Ford Center
(Capacity: 10,000)
Nickname Purple Aces
Colors

Purple, White, and Orange

                  
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
Alternate
NCAA Tournament appearances
1982, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1999
Conference tournament champions
1982, 1992, 1993
Conference regular season champions
1982, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1999

The Evansville Purple Aces men's basketball team represents the Purple Aces of the University of Evansville, located in Evansville, Indiana, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. They are currently led by head coach Marty Simmons and play their home games at the Ford Center. Evansville's athletics teams were originally known as the Pioneers in the early part of the 1900s. In the 1920s, the name Aces arose after a local sports writer wrote in a game story of the men's basketball team, "They played like Aces." The team has been known as the Aces and/or Purple Aces ever since. Evansville has won five Division II national championships (1959, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1971).

History[edit]

The memorial display case at the Ford Center honoring UE's championship tradition

In the early years of the men's basketball program the Purple Aces appeared in the NAIA national tournament. The Purple Aces appeared 4 times in the NAIA Tournament (1941, 1942, 1951, and 1955). The Purple Aces had a NAIA tournament record of 3-4. The furthest Evansville got in the NAIA tournaments was in third round (NAIA Quarterfinals) in 1951, only to lose to Regis University (Colo.) 70-68.[1]

Shortly after the 1955 season the Purple Aces would move up to the NCAA College Division, now called NCAA Division II. The Evansville Purple Aces rank second all-time in NCAA College Division national championships with five: 1959, 1960, 1964, 1965 (29-0 record) and 1971. The 1964 and 1965 teams starred NBA Legend Jerry Sloan, the 1971 team featured future NBA star Don Buse and former NCAA referee Steve Welmer.

In 1977, UE began playing in NCAA Division I athletics. That same year on December 13, a chartered DC-3 carrying the entire UE basketball team crashed in a field near the Evansville Regional Airport en route to a game against Middle Tennessee State. Every member of the team and coaching staff on the plane was killed. One player was not able to attend the game and thus was not on the plane; not long after the plane crash, however, the player who was not on the plane was killed in a car accident along with his younger brother.

Tremendous community support brought back the basketball program the next year. Evansville was a charter member of the Midwest Collegiate Conference, now known as the Horizon League. The Aces won or shared the MCC regular season title in 1982, 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1993. They also won the conference tournament title in 1982, 1992, and 1993. The Aces are now a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, and won the 1999 regular season title.

Legendary Aces coach Arad McCutchan was the first NCAA College Division coach selected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Purple Aces have made five trips to the NCAA Men's basketball tournament (1982, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1999) [2] and two trips to the NIT (1998, 1994).[3]

Season by Season Records[edit]

Season Team W L PCT Conf. Record Postseason
Independent
1977–78 Evansville 1 3 .250
1978–79 Evansville 13 16 .448
Midwest Collegiate Conference
1979–80 Evansville 18 10 .643 1–4
1980–81 Evansville 19 9 .679 6–5
1981–82 Evansville 23 6 .793 10–2 NCAA First Round
1982–83 Evansville 13 16 .448 6–8
1983–84 Evansville 15 14 .517 7–7
1984–85 Evansville 13 16 .448 4–10
1985–86 Evansville 8 19 .296 3–9
1986–87 Evansville 16 12 .571 8–4
1987–88 Evansville 21 8 .724 6–4 NIT Sweet Sixteen
1988–89 Evansville 25 6 .806 10–2 NCAA Second Round
1989–90 Evansville 17 15 .531 8–6
1990–91 Evansville 14 14 .500 7–7
1991–92 Evansville 24 6 .800 8–2 NCAA First Round
1992–93 Evansville 23 7 .767 12–2 NCAA First Round
1993–94 Evansville 21 11 .656 6–4 NIT First Round
Missouri Valley Conference
1994–95 Evansville 18 9 .667 11–7
1995–96 Evansville 13 14 .481 9–9
1996–97 Evansville 17 14 .548 11–7
1997–98 Evansville 15 15 .500 9–9
1998–99 Evansville 23 10 .697 13–5 NCAA First Round
1999–2000 Evansville 18 12 .600 9–9
2000–01 Evansville 14 16 .467 9–9
2001–02 Evansville 7 21 .250 4–14
2002–03 Evansville 12 16 .429 8–10
2003–04 Evansville 7 22 .241 5–13
2004–05 Evansville 11 17 .393 5–13
2005–06 Evansville 10 19 .345 5–13
2006–07 Evansville 14 17 .452 6–12
2007–08 Evansville 9 21 .300 3–15
2008–09 Evansville 17 14 .548 8–10 CIT First Round
2009–10 Evansville 9 21 .300 3–15
2010–11 Evansville 16 16 .500 9–9 CBI Second Round
2011–12 Evansville 16 15 .516 9–9 CBI First Round
2012-13 Evansville 21 15 .583 10-8 CBI Fourth Round Totals 535 477 .529

Postseason results[edit]

Division I NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Purple Aces have appeared in five NCAA Division I Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–5.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1982 First Round Marquette L 62–67
1989 First Round
Second Round
Oregon State
Seton Hall
W 94–90 OT
L 73–87
1992 First Round UTEP L 50–55
1993 First Round Florida State L 70–82
1999 First Round Kansas L 74–95

Division II NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Purple Aces have appeared in 14 NCAA Division II Tournaments. Their combined record is 39–9. They are five time national champions (1959, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1971).

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1957 Regional Seminfinals
Regional Finals
Illinois State
Buffalo
W 108–96
L 75–77
1958 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Wabash
Akron
American
St Michael's
Wheaton
W 70–68 OT
W 82–70
W 82–72
L 70–78
W 95–93
1959 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Belmont Abbey
Wittenberg
St. Michael's
North Carolina A&T
SW Missouri State
W 66–54
W 56–50
W 82–63
W 110–92
W 83–67
1960 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Arkansas State
Wabush
American
Kentucky Wesleyan
Chapman
W 91–74
W 89–68
W 101–91
W 76–69
W 90–69
1961 Regional Seminfinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Lincoln (MO)
MacMurray
L 90–77
W 98–97 OT
1962 Regional Seminfinals
Regional Finals
North Carolina A&T
Southern Illinois
W 97–82
L 83–88
1963 Regional Seminfinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Concordia (IL)
Washington-St. Louis
Southern Illinois
W 66–56
W 85–76
L 73–86
1964 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Jackson State
Southern Illinois
Cal Poly Pomona
Northern Iowa
Akron
W 97–69
W 64–59
W 95–73
W 82–67
W 72–59
1965 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Bethune-Cookman
Bellarmine
Philadelphia
St. Michael's
Southern Illinois
W 116–77
W 81–74
W 92–76
W 93–70
W 85–82 OT
1966 Regional Seminfinals
Regional Finals
Lamar
Southern Illinois
W 111–103
L 77–90
1968 Regional Seminfinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Lincoln (MO)
SW Missouri State
Trinity
W 95–80
W 79–73
L 77–93
1971 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Ashland
Central Michigan
Hartwick
Southwestern Louisiana
Old Dominion
W 72–64
W 78–60
W 105–69
W 93–74
W 97–82
1972 Regional Seminfinals
Regional Finals
Wittenberg
Eastern Michigan
W 81–73
L 88–93
1976 Regional Seminfinals
Regional Finals
Wright State
Eastern Illinois
W 85–75
L 73–75

NAIA tournament results[edit]

The Purple Aces have appeared in four NAIA Division I Tournamentss. Their combined record is 3–4.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1941 First Round Texas Wesleyan L 62–71
1942 First Round
Second Round
Peru State
East Central
W 73–50
L 30–42
1951 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Westminster
Morningside
Regis
W 85–74
W 75–62
L 68–70
1955 First Round Atlantic Christian L 88–95

NIT results[edit]

The Purple Aces have appeared in two National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1988 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Utah
Boston College
W 66–55
L 81–88
1994 First Round Tulane L 63–76

CBI results[edit]

The Purple Aces have appeared in two College Basketball Invitationals. Their combined record is 1–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2011 First Round
Quarterfinals
Hofstra
Boise State
W 77–70
L 69–75
2012 First Round Princeton L 86–95

CIT results[edit]

The Purple Aces have appeared in two CollegeInsider.com Tournaments. Their combined record is 3–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2009 First Round Belmont L 72–92
2013 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Tennessee State
Eastern Kentucky
Canisius
East Carolina
W 84–72
W 86–72
W 84–83
L 58–81

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