Men's Basketball Visits Wright State Saturday Night
Feb. 4, 2011
» Senior guard Robo Kreps scored a game-high 25 points against the Titans, moving into a tie for ninth on UIC's all-time scoring list (1,458 career points). He is just 42 points away from becoming only the ninth player in program history to score 1,500 or more career points.
» Junior center Darrin Williams chipped in 10 points, including a 6-for-6 effort from the free throw line at Detroit. It marked his first double-digit scoring output since scoring 13 points at Youngstown State on Dec. 30.
» UIC is the top-ranked offensive rebounding team in the Horizon League, averaging nearly 14 offensive boards (13.5) per game. The Flames also lead the league in rebounding margin (+5.5) during conference play.
» Senior forward Paul Carter tallied his fifth double-double of the season to lead three players in double figures, but UIC dropped 71-63 decision versus Wright State in a Horizon League game at the UIC Pavilion on Jan. 6. Wright State placed four players in double figures, led by preseason All-Horizon League pick Vaughn Duggins' 22 points.
The Flames and Bulldogs will be facing off for the first time this season. Butler (14-9, 6-5 Horizon) is coming off a 62-60 loss at Youngstown State Thursday night.
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.
Wright State: Billy Donlon, a native of Northbrook, Ill., is in his first season as the head coach at Wright State. He spent the last four years on Brad Brownell's (now the head coach at Clemson) staff at Wright State. Before coming to WSU in the spring of 2006, he was an assistant for Brownell at UNC Wilmington for four seasons.
Donlon began his coaching career as an assistant at American in 1999-00 and then moved on to St. Peter's for one season in 2000-01.
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 70 assists. Minnesota transfer, senior forward Paul Carter is averaging 13.9 points per game, while also leading the Flames in rebounding with 8.2 caroms per contest, second-best in the Horizon League. Kreps currently ranks sixth in the conference in scoring, while Carter is 12th.
In Horizon League play, Kreps (13.7; 10th) and Carter (13.4; 13th) both rank in the top-15 in the conference in scoring, while Carter is second in rebounding, at 8.5 caroms per game. He is averaging 6.0 defensive rebounds per contest in UIC's 11 Horizon League games.
UIC is averaging 63.0 points per game, and allowing its opponents to score 68.8 points per contest. In Horizon League play, UIC leads the conference in both offensive rebounds (13.5 rpg) and rebounding margin (+5.5).
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Senior guard Vaughn Duggins, a preseason All-Horizon League Second Team honoree, leads the Raiders offensively, scoring 16.2 points per game. N'Gai Evans (14.0) is averaging double figures in scoring, along with Troy Tabler (11.6), who hasn't played since Jan. 22 against Cleveland State.
In conference play, the Raiders currently lead the Horizon League in scoring defense (60.8 ppg), free throw percentage (.748), three-point field goal defense (.261) and turnover margin (+3.3). Wright State ranks tenth in the league in offensive rebounds (8.0 rpg), defensive rebounds (18.7 rpg), assists per game (10.3) and blocks (1.2 bpg).
Duggins' 16.8 points per game during Horizon League play ranks second overall, while Evans is playing 36.4 minutes per game, second to only UIC's Robo Kreps.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE RAIDERS
Carter scored a team-high 13 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for his second-straight double-double. Senior guard Dipanjot Singh added 13 points, while senior forward Brad Birton tallied his third double-digit scoring output during Horizon League play, contributing 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
Wright State placed four players in double figures, led by preseason All-Horizon League pick Vaughn Duggins' 22 points - he was joined in double figures by seniors N'Gai Evans (21), Troy Tabler (10) and Cooper Land (10).
The Flames recorded a decisive 35-25 advantage on the boards, but Wright State scored 14 points off turnovers, and overcame a four-point second half deficit.
The Flames opened the second half on a 9-3 run, grabbing a 44-40 lead with 16:06 remaining. The Raiders answered with a 7-3 spree, and re-claimed the lead (47-46) with 12:58 left. Evans and Duggins then added back-to-back field goals, pushing WSU's lead back to six, 52-46, with just over 11 minutes remaining.
Senior center K.C. Robbins scored just before the under eight timeout (8:01) to pull UIC back within two (54-52), and Singh hit both free throws with 6:03 remaining to make the score 56-54 in favor of the Raiders. But the Flames could draw no closer. Wright State out-scored UIC 12-7 over the final 5:47, going 6-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch.
The series began in the 1991-92 campaign, with UIC claiming a 92-69 win. Dating back to the 2006-07 season, Wright State has won eight-of the last nine meetings, including four-straight in Dayton -- UIC's last road win over the Raiders was on Jan. 25, 2006.
BACK TO THE CONFINES
BREAKING DOWN THE DETROIT GAME
BIRTON FOR CERTAIN
EXPERIENCE LEADS TO VICTORY
THE CHASE FOR 1,500
CONTROLLING THE BOARDS
THE 70-POINT PLATEAU