‘Right culture’ can lead Evansville basketball back to NCAA tournament

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series running this week about how the University of Evansville is attempting to bridge the gap since its last NCAA tournament team in 1999.

Part 1:What made Evansville’s last NCAA tournament team so special?

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Curt Begle was in St. Louis. Criag Snow watched from his couch. Marcus Wilson remembers the game. Members of the 1999 University of Evansville men’s basketball team recalled watching and hoping for the best.

The Purple Aces looked doomed for another year away from the NCAA Tournament. Down by as many as 17 points to Northern Iowa, UE was left for dead in the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game.

However, little by little, UE got back into the game, with its first trip to the Big Dance since 1999 becoming more tangible with each passing possession.

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