Feb. 14, 2014
UIC Game Notes
The UIC men’s basketball team (5-20, 0-11) concludes its three-game road stretch on Saturday night at Youngstown State (13-13, 4-7) with tip-off scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT. The Penguins defeated UIC in their earlier meeting this season on Jan. 7, by a final score of 75-62. The Flames did claim victory last season at YSU, 88-83, in a triple-overtime thriller. UIC holds a significant all-time series advantage with a winning record of 24-8.
Last Time Out
The Flames fell victim to superior three-point shooting by Cleveland State on Thursday night as the Vikings hit 10-of-18 (56%) from behind the arc to down UIC, 73-53. CSU also dominated interior play, out-scoring UIC on the inside by a margin of 36-14. After trailing 30-25 at halftime, the Flames scored four straight points to start the second period and pulled to within one. Just then CSU executed a 9-1 run and controlled at least a three-possession lead for the remainder of the night. Senior Hayden Humes paced UIC with 13 in his first game back from injury, while senior Kelsey Barlow added 12, his 18th double-digit game of the season.
Scouting the Penguins
Youngstown State enters Saturday’s matchup with a 13-13 overall record and a Horizon League mark of 4-7, which ties for seventh in the conference with Oakland. The Penguins are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, dropping their most recent outing against first-place Green Bay on Saturday, 71-40. YSU is highest scoring offense in the league led by senior Kendrick Perry who averages 20.1 points per game, the 24th-best mark in the country. The Preseason Player of the Year recently broke YSU’s D-I scoring record with 1,831 career points and needs just one more steal to set a new all-time conference record. The Penguins are also very efficient at distributing the ball, owning the nation’s 13th-highest assists figure.
Oh So Close
In six of UIC’s last nine games, the Flames have either been in the lead or tied with less than 11 minutes left to play and have also held an advantage of at least eight or more points in four of those contests. Five of those eight defeats have been by six points or less.
Against Cleveland State this past Thursday, senior Hayden Humes played in his first game since Jan. 22 due to an eye injury. After sitting out for 22 days, Humes scored a team-high 13 points, the 37th double-digit scoring game of his career, totaling four rebounds and two assists. It was Humes’ first 10-plus point game since Jan. 2 at Valparaiso, the first league game of the season.
Showing No Quit
Despite recent struggles, glaring signs that UIC continues to fight is shown on the offensive glass and with second-chance points. In their 11 Horizon League games, the Flames have out-scored their HL opposition in second-chance points by a surplus of 113-84. UIC has also out-rebounded their opponent on the offensive glass by a margin of 125-89 and have been outdone only once in this category in league play thus far. UIC ranks first in the conference in offensive rebounds with 11.4 per game in league affairs only.
Senior Kelsey Barlow is the only player in the Horizon League to lead his team in points, assists and steals. He also ranks second on the team in blocked shots and third in rebounds. On top of that, he is the conference’s lone player to average more than 14 points, five rebounds and three assists per game.