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
Grizzlies won previous meeting with last-second three on Jan. 25
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, most recently played for Athletes First ... Prep coach was Jeff Clarkson ... Dominant hand is left hand. Personal: Born Feb. 26, 1995 in Plano, Texas ... Son of Michael Birt Sr., and Shelia Birt ... Has three older siblings, Antonio (31), Amber (29) and Anthony (27) ... Anthony played basketball at Liberty ... Currently undecided on a major.