2013–14 Evansville Purple Aces men's basketball team

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2013–14 Evansville Purple Aces men's basketball
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Conference Missouri Valley Conference
2013–14 record 14–19 (6–12 The Valley)
Head coach Marty Simmons (7th season)
Assistant coach Jimmy Elgas
Assistant coach Carson Harris
Assistant coach Geoff Alexander
Home arena Ford Center
Seasons
2013–14 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Wichita State 18 0   1.000     35 1   .972
Indiana State 12 6   .667     23 11   .676
Northern Iowa 10 8   .556     16 15   .516
Missouri State 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Illinois State 9 9   .500     18 16   .529
Southern Illinois 9 9   .500     14 19   .424
Bradley 7 11   .389     12 20   .375
Drake 6 12   .333     15 16   .484
Evansville 6 12   .333     14 19   .424
Loyola (IL) 4 14   .222     10 22   .313
2014 MVC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013–14 Evansville Purple Aces men's basketball team represented the University of Evansville during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Purple Aces, led by seventh year head coach Marty Simmons, played their home games at the Ford Center and were members of the Missouri Valley Conference. They finished the season 14–19, 6–12 in MVC play to finish in a tie for eighth place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Tournament where they lost to Wichita State.

Roster[edit]

Number Name Position Height Weight Year Hometown
0 Ryan Sawvell Forward/Center 6–8 200 Junior Mundelein, Illinois
2 Christian Benzon Guard 6–4 195 Freshman Gainesville, Florida
3 Jaylon Brown Guard 6–0 185 Freshman Fishers, Indiana
4 Duane Gibson Guard 6–3 195 Freshman Cleveland, Ohio
5 Mislav Brzoja Guard 6–4 205 Sophomore Zagreb, Croatia
10 Jaylon Moore Forward/Center 6–7 230 Junior Olive Branch, Mississippi
12 Adam Wing Guard 6–4 205 Sophomore Morehead, Kentucky
22 Tyler Ptacek Guard 6–3 175 Freshman Parma, Ohio
23 Mike Leazer Guard 6–3 170 Sophomore Mount Prospect, Illinois
25 Rokas Cesnulevicius Forward/Center 6–8 215 Junior Alytus, Lithuania
31 D.J. Balentine Guard 6–2 210 Sophomore Kokomo, Indiana
44 David Howard Forward 6–8 225 RS–Freshman Nashville, Tennessee
50 Blake Simmons Guard/Forward 6–5 210 Freshman Newburgh, Indiana
55 Egidijus Mockevičius Center 6–10 225 Sophomore Vilnius, Lithuania

Schedule[edit]

[1]

Date
time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
10/26/2013*
7:00 PM
Trevecca Nazarene W 83–40 
Ford Center (2,865)
Evansville, IN
11/02/2013*
4:00 PM
Illinois–Springfield W 82–74 
Ford Center (3,534)
Evansville, IN
Regular season
11/09/2013*
7:00 PM
Martin Methodist W 87–69  1–0
Ford Center (3,874)
Evansville, IN
11/12/2013*
7:00 PM
at IUPUI W 84–78  2–0
IUPUI Gymnasium (1,215)
Indianapolis, IN
11/18/2013*
7:00 PM
Mercer W 89–76  3–0
Ford Center (3,607)
Evansville, IN
11/20/2013*
8:00 PM
Valparaiso W 100–92  4–0
Ford Center (4,018)
Evansville, IN
11/23/2013*
7:00 PM
Anderson W 91–68  5–0
Ford Center (4,131)
Evansville, IN
11/26/2013*
8:00 PM, BTN
at Indiana L 46–77  5–1
Assembly Hall (16,255)
Bloomington, IN
11/30/2013*
2:00 PM
at Ohio L 59–81  5–2
Convocation Center (4,637)
Athens, OH
12/04/2013*
7:00 PM
at Murray State L 63–65  5–3
CFSB Center (2,474)
Murray, KY
12/07/2013*
1:00 PM
Miami (OH) W 78–65  6–3
Ford Center (3,305)
Evansville, IN
12/10/2013*
7:00 PM, FS1
at Xavier L 60–63  6–4
Cintas Center (9,086)
Cincinnati, OH
12/14/2013*
2:00 PM
Jackson State L 51–57  6–5
Ford Center (4,097)
Evansville, IN
12/21/2013*
2:00 PM
Butler L 59–68  6–6
Ford Center (7,035)
Evansville, IN
12/28/2013*
1:00 PM
Grambling State W 96-61  7-6
Ford Center (3,712)
Evansville, IN
01/01/2014
7:00 PM
at Drake L 66–94  7–7 (0–1)
Knapp Center (3,071)
Des Moines, IA
01/04/2014
7:00 PM, ESPNU
Indiana State L 62–81  7–8 (0–2)
Ford Center (4,937)
Evansville, IN
01/08/2014
7:00 PM
Northern Iowa L 53–80  7–9 (0–3)
Ford Center (3,222)
Evansville, IN
01/11/2014
3:00 PM
at Southern Illinois W 75–69  8–9 (1–3)
SIU Arena (4,763)
Carbondale, IL
01/15/2014
7:00 PM
at Illinois State L 78–79 OT 8–10 (1–4)
Redbird Arena (4,375)
Normal, IL
01/18/2014
1:00 PM
Loyola–Chicago W 53–48  9–10 (2–4)
Ford Center (4,310)
Evansville, IN
01/21/2014
7:00 PM
at Missouri State L 61–64  9–11 (2–5)
JQH Arena (4,752)
Springfield, MO
01/26/2014
1:00 PM, ESPN3
Bradley W 66–60  10–11 (3–5)
Ford Center (5,889)
Evansville, IN
01/29/2014
7:00 PM
at Northern Iowa L 81–95  10–12 (3–6)
McLeod Center (3,670)
Cedar Falls, IA
02/01/2014
2:00 PM, ESPNU
at No. 4 Wichita State L 67–81  10–13 (3–7)
Charles Koch Arena (10,506)
Wichita, KS
02/05/2014
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Missouri State L 54–66  10–14 (3–8)
Ford Center (3,463)
Evansville, IN
02/09/2014
4:00 PM
at Bradley L 66–83  10–15 (3–9)
Carver Arena (6,732)
Peoria, IL
02/12/2014
7:00 PM
Illinois State W 104–98 OT 11–15 (4–9)
Ford Center (3,151)
Evansville, IN
02/16/2014
4:00 PM, ESPN3
No. 4 Wichita State L 68–84  11–16 (4–10)
Ford Center (8,802)
Evansville, IN
02/19/2014
7:00 PM
at Indiana State L 54–59  11–17 (4–11)
Hulman Center (5,778)
Terre Haute, IN
02/22/2014
7:00 PM
Southern Illinois L 56–61  11–18 (4–12)
Ford Center (6,243)
Evansville, IN
02/25/2014
7:00 PM
Drake W 61–48  12–18 (5–12)
Ford Center (3,483)
Evansville, IN
03/01/2014
3:00 PM
at Loyola–Chicago W 75–72  13–18 (6–12)
Joseph J. Gentile Arena (1,382)
Chicago, IL
2014 Missouri Valley Tournament
03/06/2014
7:05 PM, MVC TV
vs. Drake
First round
W 69–61  14–18
Scottrade Center (5,601)
St. Louis, MO
03/07/2014
1:05 PM, MVC TV
vs. No. 2 Wichita State
Quarterfinals
L 58–80  14–19
Scottrade Center (10,260)
St. Louis, MO
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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