The All-Horizon League freshman shares his predictions for the NCAA Tournament
First-ever meeting between UIC and Valpo in HL Tourney
Birt is averaging 6.5 points per game for the Flames
UIC to face No. 4 seed Valparaiso in HL first round on Tuesday
Largest league road win since 1998; Barlow with game-high 23 points
2013-14: Played in 29 games, started 15 contests and averaged 19.4 minutes per game as a freshman ... was named to the Horizon League's All-Freshman team ... selected as the conference Freshman of the Week on Dec. 30 after averaging eight points per game versus Colorado State (Dec. 23) and Illinois (Dec. 28) ... he scored a career-high 16 points at regular season-Champion Green Bay on Feb. 5, hitting 3-of-3 from behind the arc ... scored 10 or more points on eight separate occasions and led UIC in scoring twice ... finished the year averaging 6.3 points per game ... was lethal from three-point range, connecting on 38.7 percent (24-of-62) of his shots ... shot 86.5 percent (32-of-37) from the free throw line, tops on the team for the season.
High School/Prior to UIC: Two-year varsity letterwinner in basketball, including at Plano East for his senior year ... Attended Arlington Grace Prep for his first three years of high school ... Was a part of conference championship teams in both 2012 and 2013 ... Named a First-Team 5A All-State selection last season after averaging 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game during District play ... Led Plano East to a 26-4 record and a No. 11 ranking in the state ... Named the District 10 Most Valuable Player ... Invited to state of Texas All-Star Game ... On the AAU circuit, played for Athletes First ... Prep coach was Jeff Clarkson.
Personal: Born Feb. 26, 1995 in Plano, Texas ... Son of Michael Birt Sr., and Shelia Birt ... Has three older siblings, Antonio, Amber and Anthony ... Anthony played basketball at Liberty ... Currently undecided on a major.