Game #27: Flames Wrap Up Road Trip at Milwaukee Wednesday

Freshman forward Jake Wiegand
Freshman forward Jake Wiegand

Feb. 19, 2013

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Game #27: Flames Wrap Up Road Trip at Milwaukee Wednesday
UIC Flames (15-11/6-7 HL) at Milwaukee Panthers (6-22, 2-12 HL)

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 • Klotsche Center • 7:00 p.m. CST
Radio: ESPN Chicago/ (Dave Juday/Kenny Williams/Jonathan Hood)
Television: Sports32/Comcast SportsNet Chicago (Daron Sutton/Adrian Tigert)
Live Video: Horizon League Network
UIC Head Coach: Howard Moore • Record at UIC/Overall as Head Coach: 30-57 (3rd season)
UWM Head Coach: Rob Jeter • Record at UWM/Overall: 125-127 (8th season)
In-Game Twitter Updates: @UICFlamesSID/@uicflamesdotcom • Hashtags: #uicbasketball, #HLMBB

The Last Meeting
January 23, 2013
UIC Pavilion
Flames Stifle Milwaukee in Second Half, Topple the Panthers 60-50
The UIC men's basketball team completed a spirited comeback, holding visiting Milwaukee to just eight second half points in a 60-50 win over the Panthers in a Horizon League game at the Pavilion Wednesday night. The eight points in the second half represents a UIC Pavilion defensive record.

#4 Gary Talton • PG
The Flames' leading scorer and third-leading rebounder. In Horizon League games, is averaging a League 11th-best 14.4 ppg. Has scored in double figures 22 times this season, and 43 times during his two-year career. Against Loyola, handed out 200th career assist and grabbed 200th career rebound. Member of the 2012 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.

#1 Daniel Barnes • SG
The Flames' second-leading scorer. Has drilled a Horizon League fourth-best 55 three-point field goals. Set to play his 60th career game against UWM Wednesday. Ranks eighth on UIC's all-time three-point field goals list (123). Did not play against Milwaukee on Jan. 23 due to a hamstring injury. Averaged a team second-best 10.4 points per game last season.

#20 Anthony Kelley • SF
Has started the past nine games after seeing action in just four-of the first 17 contests of the season. Tallied first-career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Milwaukee (1/23/13). UIC's lone four-year senior.

#13 Hayden Humes • PF
The Flames' fourth-leading scorer. Shooting 45.3 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from three. Has led the Flames in scoring six times, and been the leading rebounder on 10 occasions. Cleared 500 points (505) for his UIC career against Youngstown State, and enters Wednesday's game with 698 points during his Division I career. UIC's career active leader in both rebounds and blocks.

#34 Josh Crittle • C
In Horizon League play, is the Flames' second-leading scorer (11.2 ppg) and leading rebounder (5.8 rpg). Averaging 2.1 assists per game, second-most on the team. Shooting 45.4 percent from the floor in conference play. Was limited to just 17 minutes after picking up four fouls against UWM on Jan. 23. Transferred to UIC from UCF in September.

Series Information: Milwaukee leads, 39-24
UIC snapped a 10-game losing streak versus Milwaukee with a 60-50 win over the Panthers at the Pavilion on Jan. 23. Overall, Milwaukee leads the all-time series, 39-24. The Panthers have eliminated UIC from the Horizon League Tournament in two-of the past three seasons. The Flames' last road win over UWM took place on March 1, 2008.

Setting the Scene
The UIC men's basketball team (15-11, 6-7 Horizon) will look to secure the regular season sweep over Milwaukee (6-22, 2-12) Wednesday, when the Flames and Panthers go head-to-head at the Klotsche Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Flames defeated UWM in come-from-behind fashion (60-50) at the Pavilion on Jan. 23.

Last Time Out: Flames Fall Short at Loyola, 69-60
The UIC men's basketball team trimmed a 16-point second half deficit to just four points, but Loyola out-scored the Flames 13-8 in the final 6:35, leading to a 69-60 win over UIC at Gentile Arena last Saturday. The Ramblers' Christian Thomas poured in 23 points on nine field goals to lead all scorers.

Sophomore wing Marc Brown came off the bench to score a team and season-high 13 points, while senior point guard Gary Talton and junior forward Hayden Humeseach chipped in 10. Thomas' 23-point outburst came on a 9-of-16 effort from the field; he also corralled game-high 11 rebounds. Jordan Hicks added 18 points, while freshman Devon Turk scored 10. Talton also dished out eight assists against just one turnover.

Loyola led 36-23 at halftime after shooting a collective 51.9 percent from the floor. UIC clawed back at the outset of the second half, pulling within single digits for the first time at the 11:36 mark, when Brown hit two free throws coming out of the under-12 media break. UIC then went on a 13-9 run over the ensuing five minutes, pulling within 56-52 (6:35) after a three-pointer from senior guard Daniel Barnes.

The Flames were also within four points (58-54) with 5:22 remaining, but LUC's Jordan Hicks extended the Ramblers' lead to 60-54 with 4:44 left. The Flames could draw no closer down the stretch.

Last Time Against Milwaukee
The UIC men's basketball team completed a spirited comeback, holding visiting Milwaukee to just eight second half points in a 60-50 win over the Panthers in a Horizon League game at the Pavilion on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The eight points in the second half represented a UIC Pavilion defensive record.

UIC overcame a 17-point (42-25) halftime deficit. Senior point guard Gary Talton led all scorers with 14 points, and was joined in double figures by sophomore guard Joey Miller (12 points), sophomore center Will Simonton (career-high 10) and senior forward Anthony Kelley, who doubled up the Panthers with a career-high 10 points and career-best 11 rebounds. Milwaukee was led by senior guard Paris Gulley, who scored 14 points on six field goals.

Milwaukee's quick start in the first half was bolstered by eight three-pointers, en route to a 48.4 percent from the field. Junior forward Hayden Humes and senior center Josh Crittlewere both limited to just 10 minutes of action in the opening frame, after each picked up two fouls.

UIC stepped it up defensively in the second half, limiting the Panthers to just a 12.0 percent (3-25) output from the floor. UWM still led by nine (50-41) mid-way through the second half, but UIC did not allow Milwaukee to score a single point in the final 9:39. The Flames claimed their first advantage of the second half with 1:35 remaining after Talton drilled a three-pointer from the left wing. The Flames played without the services of sophomore wing Marc Brown (flu) and senior guard Daniel Barnes(hamstring).

Onto the Month of February
The Flames tallied winning records in each of the first three months of the season, going 5-1 in November, 4-3 in December and 5-4 in January. The last time UIC collected winning records in each of the first three months of the season was during the 2003-04 campaign, when the Flames tallied winning marks in November (5-1), December (4-3), January (6-3) and February (7-0), won the Horizon League Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Closer of the League?
Senior point guard Gary Taltonis one of the most consistent scorers in the Horizon League - he enters Wednesday's game ranked 11th in the conference in scoring (14.4 ppg) during League play. But where Talton has especially shined this season has been down the stretch of games, particularly in the final 4:00. In regulation time of UIC's six Horizon League wins, after the final media timeout, Talton is shooting 81.8 percent (9-11) from floor, 100 percent (3-3) from three-point range and 88.2 percent (15-17) from free throw line.

That includes the game-winning basket against Loyola (1/16/13) with 1.7 seconds remaining, go-ahead field goals against both Youngstown State (1/2/13; 17 seconds remaining) and Milwaukee (1/23/13; 1:35 remaining), and the shot that forced overtime (0.8 seconds) on Feb. 5 at YSU.

Turning it Around
UIC's turnaround this season has been notable. The Flames enter Wednesday's game with 15 wins, seven more than the 2011-12 campaign, including six victories in Horizon League play. The Flames' turnaround this season is the nation's ninth-largest when factoring in a team's difference in overall winning percentage.

In the Land of Lincoln, Too...
As of Feb. 18, UIC owns the fourth-most wins (15) among the 13 Division I schools in the state of Illinois. The Flames are 4-2 against in-state foes this season.

With a Win Over Milwaukee, UIC Would...
• Improve to 7-7 in Horizon League play, which would represent its best record through 14 games since the 2007-08 campaign (8-6)
• Secure its 16th win of the season, the most since the 2008-09 campaign
• Collect its fifth road win of the season, including its third Horizon League road victory
• Secure the regular season sweep against the Panthers
• Tally its first regular season road win at Milwaukee since March 1, 2008

Gettin' Defensive
UIC is on its way to enjoying its most successful team defensive season in program history. The Flames have held 10 opponents under 35 percent shooting, and limited the opposition to less than a 40.0 percent effort in 13 games. UIC has also limited seven 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 Milwaukee (1/23/13), UIC limited the Panthers to just eight second-half points, which set a new UIC Pavilion record, and was the second fewest single-half total for a UIC opponent in program history. UIC is 7-0 on the season when limiting the opposition to less than 50 points and 11-1 when holding its opponent between 30-39 percent shooting from the field.

Converting the Freebies
UIC enters Wednesday's game as the Horizon League leader in free throw percentage (.758), a mark that also ranks 11th nationally. At the beginning of Horizon League play, UIC recorded back-to-back flawless efforts from the free throw line against Valpo (18-18; Jan. 9) and Green Bay (8-8; Jan. 12).

Scouting the Panthers
Milwaukee, who was picked sixth in the preseason Horizon League poll, is 6-22 on the season, with a 2-12 mark in Horizon League play - the Panthers have dropped nine-of their last 10, but have won six games inside the confines of the Klotsche Center this season. Junior guard Jordan Aaron has led UWM's offensive attack, averaging 14.3 points per game; senior guard Paris Gulley has added 14.2 ppg. Demetrius Harris is the Panthers' leading rebounder (5.4 rpg), and is scoring 8.5 ppg.

Milwaukee is attempting nearly 22 (21.96) three-pointers per contest and in Horizon League play, ranks third overall in three-point field goals made per game (7.0). More than 40 percent (.405) of the Panthers' field goal attempts have come from three-point distance.

Standout Newcomer in the Middle
Senior center Josh Crittleisn't new to Division I college basketball, but he is new to the Horizon League, and is one of the candidates for the Newcomer of the Year Award. The first-year transfer from UCF is averaging 11.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg in Horizon League play, while shooting 45.4 percent (54-119) from the floor. His rebounding numbers rank second among all Horizon League newcomers.

Seeking the Winning Formula
In the 15 UIC victories this season, the Flames have held their opponents to just 53.9 points per game and 35.4 percent shooting, and dished out an average of 13.1 assists per game. However, in the 10 losses, UIC opponents are shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and scoring an average of 73.6 points per contest. Additionally, in the setbacks, the Flames have distributed 10.5 assists per game.

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 62.2 points per game, which would represent the lowest point average for its opponents in school history.
• UIC currently ranks 11th in the nation in free throw percentage, at 75.8 percent. The Flames have shot 75.0 percent or better from the charity stripe in 16 games this season.
• The Flames are averaging only 11.8 turnovers per game, which ranks 48th nationally. UIC has turned the ball over on just 18.2 percent of its possessions.
• When UIC holds its opponent between 30-39 percent shooting, the Flames are 11-1 on the season. UIC is also 9-1 when leading at halftime, and 7-1 when out-rebounding its opponents.
• The Flames are 4-8 on the road this season, with non-conference road wins over Northern Illinois (11/27/12) and Northwestern (12/1/12), and Horizon League victories at Wright State (1/26/13) and Youngstown State (2/10/13).

Even More on the Flames
• Senior point guard Gary Talton is averaging a team-high 13.3 points per game, with a total of 345 points on the season. He is also the team leader in steals (41), free throws made (101) and free throw percentage (.856) - Talton is shooting at an 86.1 percent clip from the charity stripe for his two-year career.
• Senior guard Daniel Barnes is scoring 11.2 points per game. He has posted 14 double-digit scoring outputs, including 20 points in the triple overtime win at Youngstown State (2/10/13).
• Senior center Josh Crittle is averaging 11.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game on a 45.4 percent (54-119) effort from the field during Horizon League play. The UCF transfer has scored in double figures in nine-of the Flames' 13 conference games, and enters Saturday's game as the Flames' leading rebounder in all games (5.4 rpg).
• To go along with his 10.3 points per contest, junior forward Hayden Humes is averaging a team-high 5.4 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 40.0 percent (40-100) from three.
• UIC returns four starters (Talton, Barnes, Marc 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 against teams that made appearances in the 2012 postseason, including four NCAA Tournament foes. The Flames are 2-2 this season against 2012 NCAA Tournament participants.
• 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.

What's Trending?
• Over the last three games, freshman forward Jake Wiegand is averaging 14.0 minutes per game off the bench. During that stretch, Wiegand has shot 63.6 percent (7-11) from the field and averaged 3.7 rebounds per contest.
• Over the past four games, senior guard Daniel Barnes is averaging 13.5 points per game with three double-digit scoring outputs.
• Senior wing Anthony Kelley has started the past nine games after seeing action in just four-of the first 17 contests. During that stretch, Kelley is averaging 4.9 ppg and 4.7 rpg in an average of 23.6 minutes per contest.
• Dating back to last season, senior point guard Gary Taltonhas tallied double-digit scoring outputs in 28-of the last 33 contests, including in 12-of the last 13 games.

The Season Accolades
• Senior point guard Gary Talton was named Horizon League Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 26, 2012 after averaging 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, while committing just two turnovers in a pair of wins over Iona (11/19/12) and Southeast Missouri (11/24/12).
• Senior center Josh Crittle chalked up Horizon League Newcomer of the Week (11/24/12) honors after averaging 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 48 percent (.476) from the field against Iona and SEMO.
• Senior guard Daniel Barnes collected his first Horizon League Player of the Week honor on Dec. 17 after exploding for 30 points in UIC's convincing 74-48 win over Eastern Michigan (12/17/12), where he began his college basketball career. Barnes became the first UIC player to score 30 or more points in a single game since Jeremy Buttell at Youngstown State on Jan. 7, 2010.
• Senior center Josh Crittle was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Week (1/7/13) for the second time after scoring 14 points and pulling down seven rebounds in UIC's 65-60 win over Youngstown State (1/2/13).