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Evansville Purple Aces
Evansville Purple Aces
School Name: University of Evansville
Location: Evansville, Indiana
Arena: Ford Center
Capacity: 11,000
Conference: Missouri Valley
Head coach: Marty Simmons

The Evansville Purple Aces men's basketball team represents the University of Evansville, located in Evansville, Indiana, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. They developed the nickname Purple Aces while playing a game of poker in the locker room. The coach at the time revealed a "purple ace" card from the deck that was not supposed to be there. After 56 years at Roberts Stadium, they moved to the 11,000 seat Ford Center, which opened for the 2011-12 season.

Season by Season Records

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 Quarterfinals
2011-12 Evansville 15 14 .517 9-9
Totals 498 446 .528

NCAA Tournament Results

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

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

NIT Results

The Purple Aces have appeared in 2 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 88–81
1994 First Round Tulane L 76–63

CBI Results

The Purple Aces have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational. Their combined record is 1–1.

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

CIT Results

The Purple Aces have appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Their combined record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2009 First Round Belmont L 92–72

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