Game #17: Flames Trek to Green Bay for Saturday Matinee

Junior forward Hayden Humes
Junior forward Hayden Humes

Jan. 11, 2013

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Game #17: Flames Travel to Green Bay Saturday Afternoon
UIC Flames (10-6/1-2 HL) at Green Bay Phoenix (7-9/1-2 HL)

Saturday, January 12, 2013 • Resch Center • 3:00 p.m. CST
Audio: ESPN Chicago (WMVP-AM 1000)/ • Video: Horizon League Network
Radio Talent: Dave Juday (Play-by-Play)/Kenny Williams (Color Commentary)
UIC Head Coach: Howard Moore • Record at UIC/Overall as Head Coach: 25-52 (3rd season)
Green Bay Head Coach: Brian Wardle • Record at UWGB/Overall: 36-42 (3rd season)
In-Game Twitter Updates: @UICFlamesSID/@uicflamesdotcom • Hashtags: #uicbasketball, #HLMBB

The Last Meeting
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February 25, 2012
Chicago, Ill. (UIC Pavilion)
Flames Fall to Green Bay; Head to Milwaukee for Horizon League First-Round
Sophomore forward Hayden Humes recorded his 12th double-digit scoring output of the season, and senior Paris Carter chipped in 10 points in his final home game, but Green Bay's Keifer Sykes poured in a game-high 27 points, leading to a 71-63 win over the UIC men's basketball team in the regular season Horizon League finale for both teams at the UIC Pavilion Saturday afternoon.

#4 Gary Talton • PG
The Flames' leading scorer and fourth-leading rebounder. In Horizon League games, is averaging a League third-best 18.0 ppg. Has scored in double figures 13 times this season, including a career-high 25 points against Valpo Wednesday night. Member of the 2012 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.

#1 Daniel Barnes • SG
The Flames' second-leading scorer. Has drilled a Horizon League second-best 42 three-point field goals, an average of 2.8 threes per game. Ranks 10th on UIC's all-time three-point field goals list (111). Passed the 500-career point plateau against Youngstown State. Averaged a team second-best 10.4 points per game last season.

#10 Marc Brown • SF/W
Has started all 16 games this season, and played at least 30 minutes in eight contests. The Flames' best perimeter defender. Shooting 82.1 percent (32-39) from the free throw line. Was scoreless against Valpo for the first time since the season opener against UC Riverside. Scored exactly 200 points in freshman season, starting 27 contests.

#13 Hayden Humes • PF
Ranks eighth in the Horizon League in rebounding. Enters Saturday's game as Flames' third-leading scorer. Shooting 46.3 percent from the floor. Has led the Flames in scoring five times, and been the leading rebounder on seven occasions. Passed the 600-point plateau for his Division I career against Valparaiso. UIC's career active leader in both rebounds and blocks.

#34 Josh Crittle • C
Has posted double-digit scoring efforts in 10-of the last 13 games. In Horizon League play, is the Flames' second-leading scorer (13.3 ppg) and leading rebounder (7.0 rpg). Averaging 2.6 assists per game, second-most on the team. Scored 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds in 30 minutes against Valpo. Transferred to UIC from UCF in September.

Setting the Scene
The UIC men's basketball team (10-6, 1-2 Horizon) will look to collect its first Horizon League road win Saturday, when the Flames challenge Green Bay at the Resch Center beginning at 3:00 p.m. CST. The Flames are coming off a heartbreaking 75-70 loss versus Valparaiso Wednesday night, while Green Bay convincingly defeated visiting Loyola, 58-45.

Back on the Horizon
UIC is in its 12th season of Horizon League play - the Flames have compiled a record of 80-109 (.423) in League games over that span, achieving winning records in both the 2002-03 (12-4) and 2003-04 (12-4) seasons. UIC's best regular season Horizon League finish was in 2003-04, when the Flames finished second, one game behind first-place Milwaukee. The Flames went on to capture the 2004 Horizon League Tournament Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament. UIC will look to break a four-year streak of losing records in Horizon League play this season. Prior to becoming a full-time member of the League, UIC served membership stints in the MCC (1994-2001) and Mid-Continent Conference (1982-94).

Key Statistic
Three-point shooting. UIC enters Saturday's game ranked second in the Horizon League in three-point field goals made (7.2), with a total of 115 triples on the season. Meanwhile, Green Bay is ninth in the League in threes per game (4.8). The Flames shoot from beyond the arc on 37.6 percent of its attempted field goals, while Green Bay shoots the three ball only 28 percent of the time.

Key Match-Up
Between the primary ball handlers in the backcourt. Senior point guard Gary Taltonis coming off a career-best 25-point, four assist performance in Wednesday's 75-70 loss versus Valparaiso, while Chicago native Keifer Sykes dished out nine assists in Green Bay's 58-45 win over visiting Loyola. Both point guards are averaging better than 4.0 assists per game, and Talton's assist/turnover ratio of 2.3 (73 assists, 32 turnovers) ranks third in the Horizon League.

Last Time Out: Flames Outlasted by Valpo, 75-70
Senior point guard Gary Taltonpoured in a career-high 25 points, and the Flames led by as many as nine points in the second half, but preseason Horizon League favorite Valparaiso shot 56.5 percent from the field in the second half to outlast the UIC men's basketball team at the Pavilion Wednesday night, 75-70.

Talton's game-high 25 points was bolstered by an 11-for-11 effort from the free throw line. He was joined in double figures by senior center Josh Crittle, who scored 16 points, and junior forward Hayden Humes, who chipped in 12. Valpo's Ryan Broekhoff doubled up the Flames with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and center Kevin Van Wijk scored 16 points, including 14 in the first half.

UIC was a perfect 18-for-18 from the charity stripe in the game, while Valpo was 25-of-30. The Flames scored 23 points off turnovers, but the Crusaders' bench produced 28 points to UIC's 11. There were a combined 18 ties and lead changes in the game.

POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: UIC shot 46.4 percent in the second half after just a 39.3 percent clip in the first stanza ... Valpo shot only 42.9 percent in the first frame, but 56.5 percent in the second half ... Valpo held a 31-25 advantage on the boards ... Both Gary Talton and Josh Crittle converted six field goals ... Sophomore point guard Jay Parkercame off the bench to score a season-high six points in 12 minutes of action ... UIC's largest lead was nine points (46-37) with 15:20 remaining.

Stealin' the Show
Senior guard Daniel Barneswas held to single-digits in scoring for the second-straight game Wednesday against Valpo, but filled the stat sheet in plenty of other areas. The Oak Park, Ill., native pulled down a team-high eight rebounds against the Crusaders, and swiped a career-best eight steals, helping the Flames collect a season-high 12 thefts.

Barnes has put together some of the most noteworthy individual statistical performances in the past three years under head coach Howard Moore. He is the only player to score 30 or more points (30 vs. Eastern Michigan, [12/15/12]) under Moore, has converted six three-pointers twice in the past two years, and the aforementioned eight steals against Valpo is also the most for a single player under Moore's tutelage.

Converting the Freebies
UIC has been one-of the best free throw shooting teams in the Horizon League all season long, and enters Saturday's game ranked 10th in the nation in the category (.768). The Flames put an exclamation point on their success from the charity stripe Wednesday night against Valpo, going a perfect 18-for-18 from the line. The effort represented a school record - UIC has recorded four other single-game efforts of 100 percent from the free throw line, but never with more than nine attempts.

The Word on the Flames
• UIC primarily plays a man-to-man defensive scheme, occasionally mixing in various zone looks. Head coach Howard Moore has used a rotation of seven or eight players this season, depending on the match-up.
• UIC is allowing just 58.6 points per game, which would represent the lowest point average for its opponents in school history, and ranks 34th in the country.
• UIC currently ranks 10th in the country in free throw percentage, at 76.8 percent. The Flames have shot 75 percent or better from the charity stripe in nine games this season.
• The Flames are averaging only 11.3 turnovers per game, which ranks 22nd nationally. UIC has turned the ball over on just 17.6 percent of its possessions.
• When UIC holds its opponent between 30-39 percent shooting, the Flames are 8-0 on the season. UIC is also 6-1 when leading at halftime, and 4-1 when out-rebounding its opponents.
• UIC leads the Horizon League in free throw percentage and defensive field goal percentage (.390).
• The Flames are 2-3 on the road this season, with non-conference road wins over Northern Illinois (11/27/12) and Northwestern (12/1/12).

Even More on the Flames
• Senior point guard Gary Talton is averaging a team-high 13.3 points per game, with a total of 212 points on the season. He is also the team leader in free throws made (65) and free throw percentage (.878) - Talton was 11-for-11 from the free throw line against Valpo, and is shooting at an 87.2 percent clip from the charity stripe for his two-year career.
• Senior guard Daniel Barnes is scoring 11.8 points per game - he is shooting 40.4 percent from the floor and 38.9 percent from three-point range. Barnes is also the team leader in steals (27), and enters Saturday's game averaging 4.2 rebounds per game. In Horizon League play, Talton has upped his average to 18.0 points per contest.
• To go along with his 11.3 points per contest, junior forward Hayden Humes is averaging a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from three. The second-year transfer from Toledo passed the 600 career-point plateau for his Division I career Wednesday night against Valpo.
• Senior center Josh Crittle is averaging 13.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on a 50.0 percent (16-32) effort from the field in Horizon League play. The UCF transfer has scored in double figures in each of the Flames' three conference games.
• Talton (13.3 ppg; 8th), Barnes (11.8; 8th) and Humes (11.3; 17th) all rank in the Horizon League's top-20 in scoring.
• Talton, Barnes, Humes, sophomore forward Marc Brown and Crittle have each started all 16 games for the Flames this season. That group is currently occupying 77.6 percent of UIC's total minutes played. Humes (543), Talton (542) and Barnes (503) have all played more than 500 minutes this season.
• UIC returns four starters (Talton, Barnes, Brown, Humes) from the 2011-12 team, including four-of its top five scorers. Overall, the Flames brought back 65 percent of their scoring from last season.
• During the 2012-13 campaign, UIC will play at least 14 games this season against teams that made appearances in the 2012 postseason, including four NCAA Tournament foes. The Flames are 2-1 this season against 2012 NCAA Tournament foes.
• UIC was picked to finish eighth in the nine-team preseason Horizon League poll, conducted by the League's coaches, media and sports information directors.

Josh Crittle Named HL Newcomer of the Week
Senior center Josh Crittle, a first-year transfer from UCF, has been named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Week. League officials made the announcement from their Indianapolis-based headquarters Monday morning. The accolade marks Crittle's second Newcomer of the Week honor of the season, and UIC's fourth weekly plaudit from the League office. Senior guards Gary Talton (11/26/12) and Daniel Barnes(12/17/12) also collected HL Player of the Week nods earlier this season.

Crittle was one-of-four Flames in double figures last Wednesday (Jan. 2) in their 65-60 win over Youngstown State at the Pavilion. The big man's scoring output came on 6-of-10 shooting as he also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds

Scouting the Phoenix
Green Bay, who was picked third in the preseason Horizon League poll, is 7-9 on the season, with a 1-2 mark in Horizon League play - the Phoenix has won three-of their last five. Preseason Second-Team All-Horizon League selection Keifer Sykes has guided Green Bay's offensive attack, averaging 16.2 points per game to go along with 4.1 assists per contest. Brennan Cougill is scoring 11.8 points per game, while preseason Horizon League First-Team pick Alec Brown is scoring 11.3 points per outing, and averaging a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game.

Green Bay currently ranks second in the Horizon League in rebounding margin (+2.9) and blocks per game (4.0), and third overall in free throw percentage (.753), assists per game (13.3) and defensive rebounds (24.5 rpg). The Phoenix is coached by Brian Wardle, who is in his third year at the helm.

UIC-Green Bay: Revisiting the 2011-12 Season
Green Bay recorded a pair of single-digit wins over UIC last season, defeating the Flames 71-68 at the Resch Center (12/1/11), and 71-63 at the Pavilion (2/25/12).

In the first installment of the rivalry, UIC's starting backcourt of Daniel Barnes and Gary Taltoncombined to score 31 points, and the Flames held the lead with less than 2:00 remaining, but Green Bay finished the game on a 6-2 run, escaping with a 71-68 win in the Horizon League opener for both teams. Barnes attempted a potential game-tying three-pointer with five seconds remaining, but Kam Cerroni was credited with a steal on the play, preserving the comeback victory.

In the regular season finale at the Pavilion, forward Hayden Humes recorded his 12th double-digit scoring output of the season, and senior Paris Carterchipped in 10 points in his final home game, but Green Bay's Keifer Sykes poured in a game-high 27 points in his return to Chicago. The Phoenix out-scored the Flames 30-20 in the paint, and recorded a decisive 42-33 rebounding advantage.

On the Road Again
Against Green Bay, UIC will look to snap a regular season Horizon League road losing streak that dates back to the 2008-09 season. The last time UIC won a Horizon League regular season road game was on Feb. 27, 2009 against rival Loyola. The losing streak spans a total of 28 games, but seven of those contests have been decided by five points or less, including last season's 71-68 setback at the Resch Center.

What's Trending?
• UIC is averaging 9.0 steals per game over the last three contests.
• The Flames have been out-rebounded in three-of the last four games, and dropped all three of those decisions (at Toledo, at Cleveland State, vs. Valparaiso).
• As a team, UIC has converted 35-of its last 40 attempts from the free throw line (.875), a stretch that spans two games.
• Senior guard Daniel Barnes, who played his 50th career game Monday night at Cleveland State, has scored in double figures in 10-of the past 13 games. Over the past 13 outings, Barnes has tallied five games with 14 or more points. He has also drilled at least four three-pointers in four-of the last eight games.
• Senior point guard Gary Talton has handed out at least four assists in 10 games, and dished out three or more helpers 14-of-16 contests. In home games, the Dallas native is averaging 5.6 assists per contest, and has posted a stellar 4:9 assist/turnover ratio.
• Dating back to last season, Talton has tallied double-digit scoring outputs in 19-of the last 23 contests.
• In the past six games, senior center Josh Crittle has scored 70 points (11.7 ppg) and dished out 17 assists (2.8 apg). Crittle has scored in double figures in five of those contests, including 16 points on six field goals against Valpo.

The Flames' Rotation
UIC's regular rotation includes seven players that occupy 93.3 percent of the Flames' total minutes played.
• Junior forward Hayden Humes is playing a team-high 33.9 minutes per game. He has started the last 41 games, dating back to the 2011-12 campaign. Humes leads the team in field goals (68) and is second in three-point field goals (28). He has led the Flames in scoring five times this season, and also been the top rebounder in seven contests.
• Senior point guard Gary Talton has played 542 total minutes (33.9 mpg) this season. He has dished out 73 assists against 32 turnovers, and leads the team in scoring (13.3 ppg) for the second-consecutive season. Talton has led the Flames in assists in 15-of-16 games, and paced the team in scoring on six occasions.
• Senior guard Daniel Barnes is averaging 31.1 minutes per game. The Oak Park, Ill., native leads the Horizon League in three-point field goals (42) and has pulled down 59 rebounds on the season. Barnes poured in a career-high 30 points against Eastern Michigan (12/15/12) and has converted a career-high six three-pointers twice this season.
• Sophomore wing Marc Brown, the Flames' defensive stopper, has played a total of 451 minutes (28.2 mpg) this season. Brown often draws the defensive assignment on the opposing team's most talented perimeter player. Offensively, he has scored 287 career points in a total of 43 career starts.
• Senior center Josh Crittle is averaging 27.7 minutes per game. He is shooting nearly 43 percent (.424) from the field and ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg), including 1.9 offensive boards per game. The UCF transfer has great vision for a big man - Crittle has dished out 42 assists on the season, and recorded seven games with at least three helpers.
• Sophomore guard Joey Miller, a first-year transfer from Eastern Illinois, has played a total of 283 minutes (17.7 mpg). Miller, who can play both guard positions, has posted three double-digit scoring outputs on the season, and played at least 20 minutes in seven games.
• Sophomore center Will Simontonplayed in 20 games off the bench last season, shooting less than 20 percent (.190) from the field in an average of just 6.1 minutes per game. This season, as the Flames' primary sixth man, Simonton has seen action in all 16 games, averaging 13.3 minutes per contest. He is shooting 45.0 percent (18-40) from the floor.

Gettin' Defensive
UIC is on its way to enjoying its most successful team defensive season in program history. The Flames have held seven opponents under 35 percent shooting (nine under 40 percent) - UIC has also limited six opponents to fewer than 50 points for the first time in more than 60 years (1949-50). On Nov. 17 against Mercer, the Flames held the Bears to just 36 total points, the fewest for an opponent since the 1959-60 season, and against Roosevelt, UIC limited the Lakers to just 12 first-half points, which set a new UIC Pavilion record.

More on the Defense
The numbers bear it - when UIC is defending to the level that it is capable of, the Flames are a difficult team to beat. Two of the more notable statistics are opponent's points per game and defensive field goal percentage. When UIC allows its opponent to score 70 or more points, the Flames are just 1-4 on the season. In contrast, when the Flames hold the opposition between 30 and 39 percent from the field, UIC is a flawless 8-0.