Men's Basketball Faces Detroit in Motor City Thursday
Feb. 2, 2011
» The Flames will be looking to secure their second-straight Horizon League win, after defeating visiting Youngstown State (83-61) last Saturday, UIC's first conference victory.
» Senior guard Robo Kreps drilled his 200th career three-pointer against Youngstown State, becoming the fifth player in program history to accomplish the feat. He enters Thursday's contest at Detroit with 1,433 career points, just 25 tallies short of moving into ninth-place on the all-time scoring list.
» Senior forward Brad Birton posted his second-straight double-double with a career-high tying 14 points and career-best 14 rebounds against Youngstown State. All six of Birton's double-digit scoring outputs have come in Horizon League play.
» UIC is the top-ranked offensive rebounding team in the Horizon League, averaging nearly 14 offensive boards (13.7) per game. The Flames also lead the league in rebounding margin (+6.1) during conference play.
» Seniors Paul Carter, Robo Kreps and K.C. Robbins combined to score 51 points and corral 25 rebounds, but visiting Detroit shot 59.3 percent from the field in the second half, and outlasted UIC, 72-69, at the UIC Pavilion on Jan. 8. Robbins scored a career high 17 points and pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds en route to his second-career double-double.
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.
Detroit: Ray McCallum, who has also served as the head coach at both Ball State and Houston, is in his third season as the mentor at Detroit.
In his second season at UDM, McCallum directed the best turnaround in school history leading the Titans to a 20-14 record and a berth in the Horizon League championship semi-finals. The 20 victories marked a 13-win improvement from his first season and represented Detroit's first 20-win campaign since 2001.
Ball State posted a 126-76 record during McCallum's seven-year tenure, as he directed the Cardinals to two NCAA Tournament appearances (1995, 2000) and an NIT berth (1998), and became the first coach in Ball State history to post seven consecutive winning seasons.
SCOUTING THE FLAMES
Senior guard Robo Kreps is leading the Flames offensively, scoring 14.9 points per game -- he has also dished out a team-high 70 assists. Minnesota transfer, senior forward Paul Carter is averaging 14.1 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 10th.
In Horizon League play, Carter ranks 11th in the conference in scoring (13.7 ppg) and second in rebounding, at 8.6 caroms per game. He is averaging 6.2 defensive rebounds per contest in UIC's 10 Horizon League games.
UIC is averaging 63.0 points per game, and allowing its opponents to score 68.4 points per contest. In Horizon League play, UIC leads the conference in both offensive rebounds (13.7 rpg) and rebounding margin (+6.1).
SCOUTING THE TITANS
Freshman guard Ray McCallum, the son of Detroit head coach Ray McCallum, is leading the Titans offensively, scoring 14.5 points per game, while shooting nearly 45 percent (.444) from the field. Chase Simon (12.1 ppg), Eli Holman (11.6) and Chris Blake (10.9) have all joined McCallum in double figures.
Holman leads the Horizon League in rebounding, averaging 10.1 caroms per game -- he has recorded 10 double-doubles, including five in Horizon League play. In conference games, Nick Minnerath has also added 12.2 points per game, good for 17th in the Horizon League. McCallum is averaging 4.6 assists per conference game, which ranks third.
In Horizon League action, Detroit ranks second in the conference in scoring offense (73.5 ppg), while leading the league in field goal percentage (.481), blocked shots (6.3 bpg) and defensive rebounds (23.6 rpg).
LAST TIME AGAINST THE TITANS
Carter recorded his sixth double-double of the season, and his third-straight in Horizon League play, scoring a team-high 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Robbins scored a career high 17 points and pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds en route to his second-career double-double, while Kreps chipped in 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Detroit was led by freshman Ray McCallum, who scored 17 points - he was joined in double figures by Jason Calliste (16 points) and LaMarcus Lowe, who had 11 points, five rebounds and six blocks.
The Flames out-rebounded the Titans 39-34, and limited Detroit to just a 33.3 percent shooting effort in the first half, but saw the Titans score 47 second half points on 16 field goals.
UIC played without the services of senior center Darrin Williams, who was sidelined with an arm injury. Senior forward Brad Birton and Detroit's Eli Holman were both ejected with 5:19 remaining in the first half after getting into an on-court altercation.
Quoting coach Moore on Jan. 8: "Our seniors really stepped up; and I really challenged them at the end of the Wright State game. Obviously we didn't get the results we were looking for, but it was good to see those guys respond to their coach. Detroit is a very good team; they did a nice job changing the momentum in the second half, and showed some resiliency."
The series began in the 1994-95 campaign, with Detroit winning the first three meetings. Dating back to the 2006-07 season, UIC has won six-of the last nine contests.
BREAKING DOWN THE YOUNGSTOWN GAME
BIRTON FOR CERTAIN
EXPERIENCE LEADS TO VICTORY
THE CHASE FOR 1,500
CONTROLLING THE BOARDS
THE 70-POINT PLATEAU