A look at Evansville’s 1999 NCAA team

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series running this week that will assess the connection between the University of Evansville’s last NCAA tournament team and how the program is currently bridging that gap.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Marcus Wilson put up a shot for the lead. The rest of the 1999 University of Evansville men’s basketball team and the crowd at Roberts Stadium watched as it bounced, holding their collective breath as it fell in.

The Purple Aces went ahead against Southwest Missouri State, a game they needed to win to secure the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title.

“That is one of many things that happened in that game. … It wasn’t a high-scoring game, the scoring happened at the end of the game and overtime,” then-senior forward Curt Begle said. “There were a lot of things that had to happen to go in our favor, whether it was Marcus’ ball that bounced around eight times or a charge called our way instead of a blocking foul.”

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