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Nevada’s Jalen Harris named Mountain West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

Jalen Harris

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nevada’s Jalen Harris has been named the Mountain West Men’s Basketball Peak Player of the Week for his contributions in MW games played Feb. 4-8. Harris has earned Conference weekly honors three times in 2019-20.

Junior, Guard, Dallas, Texas/Duncanville HS

  • Led Nevada to pair of Mountain West victories over Air Force (88-54) and San José State (95-77).
  • Averaged 35 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists while playing 36.5 minutes per game.
  • From the field, shot 56.8 percent (25-of-44), 61.1 (11-of-18) from behind the arc and was a perfect 9-for-9 at the free throw line.
  • Scored a career-high 38 points against the Falcons, after sinking a career-high six triples. Also grabbed six rebounds and had four assists.
  • The 38 points are the most scored in a single game by a MW student-athlete this season.
  • Netted 32 points against the Spartans with five rebounds and three assists.
  • Has scored 30 or more points in his last four outings.

2019-20 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Peak Players of the Week
Feb. 10 – Jalen Harris, Jr., G, Nevada
Feb. 3 – Isaiah Stevens, Fr., G, Colorado State
Jan. 27 – Jalen Harris, Jr., G, Nevada
Jan. 20 – Marvin Coleman, So., G, UNLV
Jan. 13 – Yanni Wetzell, Sr., Fr, San Diego State
Jan. 6 – Bryce Hamilton, So., G, UNLV
Dec. 30 – Derrick Alston Jr., Jr., G, Boise State
Dec. 23 – Sam Merrill, Sr., G, Utah State
Dec. 16 – Carlton Bragg Jr., Sr., F, New Mexico
Dec. 9 – Jalen Harris, Jr., G, Nevada/JaQuan Lyle, Sr., G, New Mexico
Dec. 2 – Malachi Flynn, Jr. G, San Diego State
Nov. 25 – Yanni Wetzell, Sr., F, San Diego State
Nov. 18 – JaQuan Lyle, Sr., G, New Mexico
Nov. 11 – Lindsey Drew, Sr., G, Nevada





Missouri Valley Conference announces Men’s Basketball Wildcard Selections for February 29

ESPN has selected the UNI at Drake men’s basketball game for distribution on ESPN2 on Saturday, Feb. 29. The game will air at 5 p.m. Central.  Also, CBS Sports has selected the Loyola at Bradley men’s basketball game for distribution on CBS Sports Network on Saturday, Feb. 29.  The game will air at 1 p.m. Central.  The networks and game times were previously listed as TBD on the MVC schedule, as were the other three games that final day of the regular season.

The Loyola-Bradley game features a matchup of the league’s last two NCAA Tournament teams.  Loyola, which has earned back-to-back regular-season titles, was the MVC’s tournament champ and NCAA qualifier in 2018, reaching the NCAA Final Four.  The Ramblers are led by Cameron Krutwig, who is looking to become the first player in MVC history to finish in the Top 5 in the following four stat categories:  scoring, rebounding, field goal shooting and assists.   He’s also among the MVC leaders in steals and blocks.  Bradley won the league tournament in 2019 and represented the MVC in the NCAA Tournament last year.  Guard Darrell Brown is the league’s active career leading scorer with 1,705 career points through games of Feb. 10.  It’s good for 47th on the all-time MVC career scoring list and ranks in the Top 10 all-time at Bradley.

The UNI-Drake contest will feature a top candidate for the league’s Larry Bird Trophy in UNI’s AJ Green and a top candidate for the league’s Newcomer of the Year award in guard Roman Penn.  Green has led the Panthers to their 21-3 start, and he leads the league with 20.0 points per game.  The league’s 2019 MVC Freshman of the Year also tops the conference in three-point field goals made (74) and ranks third in the nation in free throw percentage (92.1).  Penn, a transfer from Siena, is tops in the MVC in assists per game (6.0).  Drake also has one of the most dominant big men in the league in Liam Robbins, who has recorded 70 blocks to lead the conference.  Since the 2009-10 season, UNI has dominated the overall series between the two schools, winning 19 times in 23 meetings.  The last five meetings have all been decided by 10 or fewer points, however, and Drake has won the last two matchups in Des Moines.

All times and networks for the league regular-season finale Saturday have been set.

Illinois State @ Evansville (ESPN3 – 1 p.m. Central)
Valparaiso @ Indiana State (ESPN3 – 1 p.m. Central)
Loyola @ Bradley (CBS Sports Network – 1 p.m. Central)
Southern Illinois @ Missouri State (ESPN3 – 3 p.m. Central)
Northern Iowa @ Drake (ESPN2 – 5 p.m. Central)

Using the Wildcard model, the Missouri Valley Conference — in conjunction with its television partners — reserves clearance windows for select dates throughout the season and waits until three weeks before the contest(s) to determine network clearances.


Bradley Braves to be a part of 2020 Paradise Jam in Virgin Islands


(courtesy Paradise Jam)


The Bradley men’s basketball team is slated to play in the 2020 Paradise Jam, announced by tournament organizers on Friday. In its 21st season, the Paradise Jam begins on Friday, November 20 with the championship slated for Monday, November 23 at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas.

Bradley joins Buffalo, Cleveland State, Colorado State, Florida International, Long Beach State, St. Bonaventure and Weber State as participants in the annual tournament.

“We’re so excited for another year of the Paradise Jam with a strong field of men’s teams from all over the country,” said Tournament Director Jennifer Ashby. “Providing high-quality basketball to the U.S. Virgin Islands every year is something we strive to do, and we have no doubt this group of men’s teams will do just that.”

Bradley has played three of the other invitees in the past – most recently defeating Weber State in 2017 at the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase, 70-64. Overall, the Braves are 1-1 against the Wildcats, 0-2 versus Long Beach State and 2-3 against St. Bonaventure. BU has never faced Buffalo, Cleveland State, Colorado State or Florida International.

Game times and matchups for the 2020 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam will be announced in the spring, following the conclusion of the 2019-20 basketball season. For more information about the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, visit



Missouri Valley Conference team to be a part of 2020 Cayman Islands Classic


GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS -  The Cayman Islands Classic has announced the 2020 field consisting of Kansas State, Ole Miss, Nevada, Northern Iowa, La Salle, Miami, Oregon State, and Western Kentucky.

2020 will mark the fourth consecutive year of the Cayman Islands Classic, former champions include George Mason, Creighton and Cincinnati. This marks the first year the Panthers will play in the tournament.





Evansville names Todd Lickliter as new Men’s Basketball head coach


Todd Lickliter

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville has announced the hiring of former National Coach of the Year Todd Lickliter as head coach of the Purple Aces men’s basketball team.  Lickliter inked a multiyear deal with the university and will assume the position immediately.  He will be on the sideline when the Aces face Drake on Wednesday evening.

“My family and I are excited to have the opportunity to rejoin the Evansville community,” Lickliter said.  “I am humbled by the chance to lead the Purple Aces program and thankful to reunite with this outstanding group of student-athletes.  It is a privilege to be a part of a program with a rich history and tradition.”

Lickliter is familiar with the Evansville program and players after spending the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach.  He took an active role in coaching a young Aces squad last season.  Facing a great deal of turnover while assisting the staff in the implementation of a new system, Lickliter helped guide Evansville to the best record for a first-year staff since 1978.  The Aces  began Missouri Valley Conference play with a double overtime win against Drake before earning their most decisive win of the season when they defeated defending Final Four participant Loyola by a 67-48 final at the Ford Center.

As the head coach at Butler University from 2001 through 2007, Lickliter brought record-breaking success to the Bulldog program.  In his first season at the helm, he directed the team to a then-school record of 26 victories and its third Horizon League regular season championship in a row.  His squad also reached the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in 53 years.  Lickliter’s success only got better as he led Butler to a pair of Sweet 16 appearance in 2003 and 2007. In 2007, his team fell to eventual National Champion Florida by just eight points.

Over his first two seasons at the helm of the Bulldog squad, Lickliter won a total of 53 games.  It marked the third-most wins in NCAA history by a men’s head coach in the first two years of work, trailing only Bill Guthridge (58 wins) of North Carolina and NC State’s Everett Case, who posted 55 wins.

His top honor came in 2007 as he was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Coach of the Year. named him as the High-Major Coach of the Year that same season.  He left the program with the top three single-season win totals in school history.  Lickliter became the head coach at the University of Iowa in 2007 and led the program at Marian University in 2012.  In his second season with the Knights, he led them to the most conference wins in school history along with the #1 scoring defense in NAIA Division II.  After leaving Marian, he joined the Boston Celtics as a scout.

Prior to assuming the head coaching position at Butler, Lickliter worked two stints as an assistant at Butler while serving as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan from 1997-99.  In his initial period at Butler, Lickliter worked with his college coach – Joe Sexson for the 1988-89 campaign and returned to the program from 1999 through 2001, working with Barry Collier and Thad Matta.  At EMU, he assisted on the 1998 team that won the Mid-American Conference Championship behind future NBA star Earl Boykins.

The 1979 graduate of Butler University is a native of Indianapolis, where he played for his father Arlan at North Central High School.  He played one season at Central Florida before transferring to Butler.  Todd and wife Joez have three sons – Ry, Garrett and John.

“I would like to thank President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, Mark Spencer and the administration at the University of Evansville for the opportunity to coach these young men.  We will strive to uphold the Aces rich tradition and bring pride to the UE community,” Lickliter added.

  • INFO: For all of the latest information on University of Evansville athletics, visit or follow the program on Twitter via @UEAthletics.




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