Men's Hoops Hosts Cleveland State on Comcast SportsNet Chicago Thursday|
Jan. 26, 2011
» Senior guard Robo Kreps passed the 1,400 career-point plateau with a game-high 19 tallies against Loyola, and enters Thursday's contest with 199 career three-pointers. He is just one trey away from becoming the fifth player in program history to compile at least 200 career three-pointers.
» Senior forward Paul Carter posted his eighth double-double of the season at Loyola (1/22/11), scoring 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
» UIC is the top-ranked offensive rebounding team in the Horizon League, averaging nearly 14 offensive boards (13.5) per game. The Flames also rank third in the conference in rebounding margin (+3.9) during Horizon League play.
» Cleveland State posted a wire-to-wire 83-59 win over the Flames at the Wolstein Center on New Year's Day. Robo Kreps scored a team-high 21 points and Paul Carter recorded a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds), but CSU's Trevon Harmon (24 points), Norris Cole (21) and Jeremy Montgomery (13) combined for 58 points, and the Vikings shot 53.6 percent in the second half, after being limited to a 38.9 percent effort in the opening 20 minutes.
The Penguins posted a 71-69 win over the Flames at the Beeghly Center on Dec. 30, but have dropped six-straight Horizon League decisions since. Youngstown State is scheduled to play at Loyola Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Moore joined the Badgers staff in 2005 and helped lead them to the NCAA Tournament in each of his five seasons in Madison. The team advanced past the first round of the Big Dance in each of the last four seasons and produced a memorable Sweet 16 run in 2008.
With Moore on the bench, Wisconsin posted three of the top-five winningest seasons in school history, including an historic 2007-08 campaign that saw the Badgers win a school-record 31 games en route to Big Ten regular season and tournament championships. Under Ryan's tutelage Moore established himself as one of the top recruiters in the Big Ten by utilizing the Chicagoland area as a main pipeline for talent.
Cleveland State: Gary Waters, who also served head coaching stints at Rutgers and Kent State, is in his fourth season as the mentor at Cleveland State.
Waters has led the Vikings to back-to-back postseason appearances, including an NIT invitation in 2008 and the school's second NCAA bid in 2009. That stretch has included consecutive 20-win campaigns for the first time since the 1980s. He led the Golden Flashes to a 92-60 record in five seasons from 1996-2001, and at Rutgers, Waters' Scarlet Knights advanced to three NIT's.
SCOUTING THE FLAMES
Senior guard Robo Kreps is leading the Flames offensively, scoring 15.3 points per game -- he has also dished out a team-high 64 assists in his first full season running the point. Minnesota transfer, senior forward Paul Carter is averaging 14.5 points per game, while also leading the Flames in rebounding with 8.3 caroms per contest, second-best in the Horizon League. Kreps currently ranks seventh in the conference in scoring, while Carter is ninth.
In Horizon League play, Carter ranks ninth in the conference in scoring (14.6 ppg) and second in rebounding, at 8.6 caroms per game. He is averaging 6.3 defensive rebounds per contest in UIC's eight Horizon League games.
UIC is averaging 62.7 points per game, and allowing its opponents to score 69.1 points per contest. In Horizon League play, UIC leads the conference in offensive rebounds (13.5 rpg), while ranking third in overall rebounding margin (+3.9).
In home games, the Flames are limiting their opponents to just 63.6 points per contest, and convincingly out-rebounding the opposition, 39.7-29.4 rpg.
SCOUTING THE VIKINGS
Senior guard Norris Cole, a preseason All-Horizon League First-Team honoree, leads the conference in scoring (20.1 ppg), assists (5.1 apg) and steals per game (2.4). Junior guard Trevor Harmon is averaging 13.9 points per contest, while Chicago native Jeremy Montgomery has added 11.1 points per game.
Junior forward Aaron Pogue is averaging a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game, while shooting a team-best 51 percent (.508) from the floor. He has combined with sophomore forward Charlie Woods to produce 35 blocked shots.
In Horizon League play, Cleveland State leads the conference in scoring margin (+9.4) and free throw percentage (.755), while ranking second in both defensive field goal percentage (.396) and three-point field goal percentage (.388).
LAST TIME AGAINST THE VIKINGS
Carter scored 11 points and corralled 10 rebounds, while Kreps scored a team-high 21 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Cleveland State was paced by Trevon Harmon (24 points), Horizon League leading scorer Norris Cole (21) and Jeremy Montgomery (13), who combined for 58 of the Vikings' 83 points.
The Vikings tallied 15 steals, and convincingly out-scored UIC in the paint (38-18), off turnovers (21-5) and through the fast break (10-0). The Flames edged CSU on the boards, 35-34. The Vikings shot 53.6 percent in the second half, after being limited to a 38.9 percent effort in the opening 20 minutes.
BREAKING DOWN THE LOYOLA GAME
The series began in the 1981-82 campaign, with Cleveland State winning both regular season meetings by a combined seven points. The Flames then rolled off five-straight wins, and also defeated the Vikings seven-consecutive times from 1996-99.
THE CHASE FOR 1,500
BIRTON STEPPING IT UP IN LEAGUE PLAY
CONTROLLING THE BOARDS
THE 70-POINT PLATEAU
Carter served as Minnesota's Sixth Man the past two seasons, helping the Golden Gophers reach a pair of NCAA Tournaments.
Carter transferred to UIC with one year of eligibility remaining to be near his sister, Bria, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, last winter. Since Carter joined the Flames, Bria has completed chemotherapy, received a temporary prosthetic leg after amputation, and started her high school career at King High School in Chicago this semester.
Carter comes from a strong sports family. Ron Carter, Paul's father, was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1978, and his older brother, Ron III, was an All-American triple jumper at California State-Long Beach.