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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: David Ragland

The Evansville Purple Aces men's basketball team represents the University of Evansville, located in Evansville, Indiana, in NCAA 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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