Author Stephen Smith

9 entries

Butler at Evansville 11/12/2011

Change. Change is a constant in our game. Each season a new group of incoming freshman become the next great hope to lead the program to one shining moment come March. As those freshman mature into seniors with one last chance at glory, the revolving door of college hoops in every evolving. This sort of change...

Indiana at Evansville 11/16/2011

There is a certain way native Hoosiers believe the game should be played. It involves a motion offense, man-to-man defense along with a team concept with the sum being greater than the individual parts. It's a philosophy handed down by longtime Indiana coach Bob Knight and can be seen in many high school gyms...

Texas Christian at Evansville 12/3/2011

Challenge. It's a word thrown about in college sports as a result of two leagues above the red line playing one another in a series of games that were made for TV. It has become all the rage for those leagues that just can't get stop themselves from expanding all to try to get a bigger piece of the pie. Tonight's...

A Fresh Start With An Old Friend

Evansville hosted Southern Illinois tonight, opening conference play in The Valley while renewing a rivalry that spans decades. The Purple Aces and Salukis have quite a history against one another, especially in Evansville. Still almost five decades later, you can hear stories of the battles between these two...

Midway Towards a March to an Arch

It seems almost surreal to think we are at the midpoint of conference play in the Missouri Valley, yet on Saturday night at the Ford Center in downtown Evansville, the Purple Aces hosted Illinois State for the first rematch of the conference season. The Valley has two upper echelon teams in Creighton and Wichita...

And on the 7th day there shall be more basketball

Time for a confession, and with this being a Sunday night tilt, it is rather fitting. I was running a bit later than normal. Didn't miss any of the game but had to hustle to get in the building to get to the top of the tunnel leading to my seat as the Anthem was starting. One of the features of the brand new Ford...

Reading Between the Clouds

There is one topic that is the butt of many jokes, the place to turn to when there is nothing left to be said, the weather. Here in the Midwest we like to tell people if you don't like the weather, just wait 10 minutes and it'll change. So as I departed Cape Girardeau for a few hours to take in a game at SIU Arena...

Let's Play Two

When I last saw the outside world last Saturday, it was a dreary, drab Midwestern winter day, with a light mist falling outside SIU Arena before a Missouri Valley tilt between E...

Building on a Trickle

Conference play is a beast. Season after season, somewhere along the way you'll see a score that just makes you scratch your head and ask 'How did they lose to them? ' In the Missouri Valley, Evansville has played the role of spoiler on a few occasions, knocking off nationally-ranked conference foes at home. These...

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One Beautiful Season

1BS weaved the history of mid-major college basketball together with stories from the 2009-10 season, culminating in Butler's epic run to the National Championship game. Now it's available as a free download: PDF in the original 592-page book layout with all photos and graphics, or ePub format for electronic reading devices.