Tai Odiase
Tai  Odiase


Glenwood, Ill.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 220



Odiase Earns Spot on Horizon League All-Defensive Team

Sophomore leads the nation with 3.21 blocks per game


Flames Double Up on Horizon League Weekly Honors

Odiase named Co-Player of the Week, while Dixson earns seventh Freshman of the Week nod


UIC Heads to Youngstown State for Tuesday Tilt

Flames have won three of their last four contests


Tai Odiase Matches Record as UIC Rejects NKU, 79-77

Sophomore's interior defense helps Flames win second-straight game


Dominant Defense Lifts UIC Past Wright State, 64-59

Dixson and Odiase combine to score 44 points in victory for Flames


Tai Odiase

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Career Stats Through 2015-16 Season

Horizon League All-Defensive Team selection ... Only non-senior to make the five-man squad ... Led NCAA with 3.23 blocks per game ... Tallied 97 rejections on the season, second-most in program history ... Blocked at least five shots on nine occasions ... One of two Flames to start all 30 games ... Ranked second on the team in scoring and rebounding (9.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg) ... Team captain ... Limited to 16 minutes, but blocked five shots on opening night vs. San Francisco (Nov. 13) ... Sank career-best eight free throws at Western Illinois (Nov. 17) ... Poured in career-high 23 points in win against Roosevelt (Nov. 24) ... Nearly missed a triple-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks against Green Bay (Jan. 14) ... Tallied first double-double of the season at Cleveland State behind 11 points and 11 rebounds, plus six blocks (Jan. 18) ... Secured another double-double with 13 points and career-high 13 rebounds vs. Youngstown State (Jan. 28) ... Named Horizon League Co-Player of the Week on Feb. 15 after averaging 15 points, eight blocks and seven rebounds in back-to-back wins against Wright State (Feb. 11) and Northern Kentucky (Feb. 13) ... Blocked career-high nine shots against the Norse, including the potential game-tying shot in the waning seconds ... Posted 22 points, 12 points and six blocks while playing career-high 46 minutes of double-overtime thriller at Youngstown State (Feb. 16) ... Made career-high four steals at Green Bay (Feb. 26).

2015-16 Game-by-Game Statistics

 Appeared in 28 games and averaged 18.7 minutes per contest ... suffered from a lower leg injury mid-way through the season and was sidelined for six games ... ranked as the Horizon League's No. 2 shot-blocker with an average of 1.7 swats per game ... his 48 blocks on the season ranks second all-time among UIC freshmen and eighth all-time on the program's single-season leaderboard ... ranked ninth nationally among all freshmen in blocks per game (1.7) and 73rd overall ... averaged 4.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game on the season ... recorded four blocks in one game on five separate occasions ... made his first career start in the season-opener at DePaul (11/14/15) and posted six points and two rebounds ... totaled six points, nine rebounds and four blocks in the home-opening win versus Western Illinois (11/17/14) ... ended the season with back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts including a career-high 14 points against No. 2 seed Green Bay (3/7/15) in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals ... secured his second career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in a 72-69 win versus No. 3 seed Oakland (3/6/15) in the second round of the HL Tournament.

: Ranked as a top-25 senior in the state of Illinois and the fifth-best center ... averaged 17.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks during his senior season ... earned fourth-team IBCA All-State honors along being named All-Area and All-Conference accolades ... guided his team to a regional and sectional championship in 2013-14 ... helped the Vikings claim a conference title during his junior season and was named All-Conference ... was invited to play in the City vs. Suburban All-Star game and the Chicago United Hoops All-Star game ... played AAU ball with Meanstreets.

PERSONAL: Born on Sept. 21, 1995 ... has two siblings named Ken and Lucky ... son of Philomena and Friday Odiase ... nickname is T.O. ... "biggest athletic thrill" is making it to the sectional finals during his senior year in high school ... intended major is Biological Sciences.