Halftime Report

Fortunes may be turning around for Evansville after losing five in a row. After one quarter, neither team has the match in the bag, but Evansville leads 40-38 over Valparaiso.

Evansville came into the game with some extra motivation after the defeat they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We'll see if they're able to flip the script or if it'll just be more of the same.

Who's Playing

Valparaiso Beacons @ Evansville Aces

Current Records: Valparaiso 5-12, Evansville 10-7

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What to Know

Valparaiso is 8-2 against Evansville since January of 2020, and they'll have a chance to extend that success on Wednesday. Both teams will face off in a Missouri Valley battle at 8:00 p.m. ET at Ford Center. Valparaiso pulled off an upset win in their last outing, and are hoping to pull that off once more against the 5.5-point favorite Aces.

Valparaiso's ten-game losing streak finally came to an end on Sunday. They walked away with a 59-50 win over the Redbirds. After a 81-76 finish the last time they played, Valparaiso and Illinois State decided to play a little more cautiously this time around.

Valparaiso can attribute much of their success to Cooper Schwieger, who dropped a double-double on 16 points and 13 rebounds. That's the first time this season that Schwieger pulled down ten or more rebounds.

Meanwhile, Evansville's recent rough patch got a bit rougher on Saturday after their fifth straight loss. They fell 74-64 to the Bears. The defeat unfortunately continues a disappointing trend for Evansville in their matchups with Missouri State: they've now lost six in a row.

Evansville's defeat came about despite a quality game from Joshua Hughes, who went 7 for 10 from beyond the arc en route to 22 points and 0 assists. As a matter of fact, that's the most points Hughes has scored all season. Antonio Thomas was another key contributor, scoring 15 points.

The Beacons' victory ended a 11-game drought on the road dating back to last season and puts them at 5-12. As for the Aces, their defeat dropped their record down to 10-7.

Valparaiso was able to grind out a solid win over Evansville when the teams last played back in January of 2023, winning 81-69. The rematch might be a little tougher for Valparaiso since the squad won't have the home-court advantage this time around. We'll see if the change in venue makes a difference.


Evansville is a solid 5.5-point favorite against Valparaiso, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 5.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

The over/under is set at 141.5 points.

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Series History

Valparaiso has won 8 out of their last 10 games against Evansville.

  • Jan 28, 2023 - Valparaiso 81 vs. Evansville 69
  • Jan 14, 2023 - Valparaiso 76 vs. Evansville 69
  • Mar 03, 2022 - Valparaiso 81 vs. Evansville 59
  • Feb 21, 2022 - Valparaiso 74 vs. Evansville 69
  • Feb 19, 2022 - Valparaiso 72 vs. Evansville 56
  • Feb 01, 2021 - Evansville 58 vs. Valparaiso 51
  • Jan 31, 2021 - Evansville 70 vs. Valparaiso 52
  • Mar 05, 2020 - Valparaiso 58 vs. Evansville 55
  • Jan 26, 2020 - Valparaiso 67 vs. Evansville 65
  • Jan 04, 2020 - Valparaiso 81 vs. Evansville 79