Game #30: Flames Host Detroit in Regular Season Finale

Junior forward Hayden Humes
Junior forward Hayden Humes

March 1, 2013

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Game #30: Flames Host Detroit in Regular Season Finale
UIC Flames (16-13/7-8 HL) vs. Detroit Titans (19-11, 11-4 Horizon)

Saturday, March 2, 2013 • Calihan Hall • 1:00 p.m. CST
Audio: ESPN Chicago/ (Dave Juday/Kenny Williams/Jonathan Hood)
Live Video: Horizon League Network (Simulcast)
UIC Head Coach: Howard Moore • Record at UIC/Overall as Head Coach: 31-59 (3rd season)
Detroit Head Coach: Ray McCallum • Record at UDM/Overall: 85-78 (5th year)/255-217 (15th year)
In-Game Twitter Updates: @UICFlamesSID/@uicflamesdotcom • Hashtags: #uicbasketball, #HLMBB

The Last Meeting
January 19, 2013
Detroit, Mich.
Detroit Runs Away from Men's Basketball, 98-47
The UIC men's basketball team was defeated by Detroit in a Horizon League game at Calihan Hall Saturday evening, 98-47. Senior point guard Gary Talton scored a team-high 11 points, collecting his 200th career field goal.

UIC's Last Game Starters
#4 Gary Talton • PG
The Flames' leading scorer and third-leading rebounder. In Horizon League games, is averaging a League 11th-best 13.9 ppg. Has scored in double figures 23 times this season, and 44 times during his two-year career. Topped the career 700-point plateau at Milwaukee. Member of the 2012 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.

#1 Daniel Barnes • SG
The Flames' second-leading scorer. Has drilled a Horizon League third-best 60 three-point field goals on the season. Ranks ninth on UIC's all-time three-point field goals list (128). Averaged a team second-best 10.4 points per game last season. The Flames' career-active leader in games played (62).

#10 Marc Brown • SF
Has played in 28-of-29 games, and made 19 starts. Can defend multiple positions. Over the past five games, is averaging 10.8 ppg on a 46.2 percent (18-39) effort from the floor with three double-digit scoring outputs. Scored exactly 200 points in freshman season (2011-12).

#13 Hayden Humes • PF
The Flames' fourth-leading scorer. Shooting 44.8 percent from the floor and 40.2 percent from three. Has led the Flames in scoring six times, and been the leading rebounder on 10 occasions. Cleared 700 points for his Division I career at Milwaukee. UIC's career active leader in both rebounds and blocks.

#34 Josh Crittle • C
> In Horizon League play, is the Flames' second-leading scorer (10.5 ppg) and leading rebounder (5.5 rpg). Averaging 2.0 assists per game, second-most on the team. Shooting 44.0 percent from the floor in conference play. Has posted a pair of double-doubles on the season. Transferred to UIC from UCF in September.

Series Information: Detroit leads, 25-14
Detroit leads the all-time series against UIC, 25-14. The series began in the 1994-95 campaign, with the Titans winning the first three meetings. Dating back to the 2006-07 season, UIC has won seven-of the last 13 contests. Three-of the last five meetings have been decided by single digits, but Detroit posted a convincing 98-47 win over the Flames on Jan. 19 in the Motor City.

Setting the Scene
The UIC men's basketball team (16-13, 7-8 Horizon) will look to send its four seniors off on a winning note Saturday, when the Flames host second-place Detroit (19-11, 11-4) in the regular season finale for both teams at the Pavilion beginning at 1:00 p.m. Seniors Daniel Barnes, Josh Crittle, Anthony Kelley and Gary Taltonwill be recognized in a pregame "Senior Day" ceremony shortly before tip-off.

Last Time Out: Flames Outlast Wright State, 60-55
The UIC men's basketball team grinded out a 60-55 win over Wright State in a Horizon League showdown at the Pavilion Tuesday night. With the victory, the Flames clinched at least the No. 6 seed in next week's Horizon League Tournament, along with a first-round home game on Tuesday, March 5. For the second-consecutive contest, the Flames were led in scoring by senior guard Daniel Barnes, who chipped in 13 points.

With the win, UIC improved to 16-13 on the season, with a 7-8 mark in Horizon League play. Wright State dropped to 18-11 and 9-6. The Flames secured the regular season sweep over the Raiders, after defeating WSU, 55-49 at the Nutter Center on Jan. 26.

UIC clinched its first postseason home game since the 2007-08 season (March 4, 2008 vs. Youngstown State). The Flames' 16 wins also represents the most overall victories since the 2008-09 campaign. Barnes' 13 points came on a 5-for-8 effort from the field, including a pair of three-pointers. Junior forward Hayden Humesadded 10 points on a trio of three-pointers. WSU was led by JT Yoho, who scored 16 points to lead three Raiders in double figures.

Home Sweet Home, Postseason Style
With its 60-55 win over Wright State at the Pavilion Tuesday night, UIC clinched at least the No. 6 seed in next week's Horizon League Tournament, along with home court advantage in the first-round next Tuesday (March 5). Tip-off against an undetermined opponent will be at 7:00 p.m. CST, with ESPN Chicago (WMVP-AM 1000) and the Horizon League Network having live coverage.

Scenario City
There will be plenty to play for when the Flames and Titans take the UIC Pavilion floor Saturday afternoon. UIC has already secured home-court advantage in the first-round of next week's Horizon League Tournament. With a win over Detroit, the Flames would clinch the No. 5 overall seed after being picked eighth in the preseason poll. Meanwhile, Detroit has already clinched the No. 2 seed, but could still share the regular season championship with a win over UIC, coupled with a Valparaiso loss at Green Bay. If the Flames come up short versus the Titans, they could still garner the No. 5 seed if Youngstown State loses at Wright State.

Closer of the League?
Senior point guard Gary Taltonis one of the most consistent scorers in the Horizon League - he enters Saturday'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 seven Horizon League wins, after the final media timeout, Talton is shooting 69.2 percent (9-13) from floor, 60.0 percent (3-5) from three-point range and 90.4 percent (19-21) 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 Tuesday's game with 16 wins, double their total from the 2011-12 campaign, including seven victories in Horizon League play. The Flames' turnaround this season is the nation's 11th-largest when factoring in a team's difference in overall winning percentage.

In the Land of Lincoln, Too...
As of March 1, UIC owns the fourth-most wins (16) among the 13 Division I schools in the state of Illinois. The Flames are 4-3 against in-state foes this season.

With a Win Over Detroit, UIC Would...
• Clinch the No. 5 seed in next week's Horizon League Tournament after being picked eighth in the preseason poll, and host the No. 8 seed next Tuesday (March 5) at 7:00 p.m.
• Collect its 17th win of the season, the most since the 2007-08 campaign (18)
• Finish 8-8 in Horizon League play, breaking a four-year streak of losing records in the League season
• Improve to 11-3 at the Pavilion this season
• Secure the regular season split against the Titans
• Defeat Detroit at home for the second-straight season
• Win its first game in the month of March since the 2008-09 season

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.

Scouting the Titans
Detroit, who was picked second in the preseason Horizon League poll, is 19-11 on the season, with an 11-4 mark in Horizon League play - the Titans are 6-9 on the road this season. Preseason Player of the Year Ray McCallum has spearheaded Detroit's offensive attack, averaging a League-best 19.2 points per game to go along with 4.7 assists per contest. McCallum leads a foursome of Titans averaging double digits in scoring, including Nick Minnerath (15.4 ppg), Jason Calliste (14.0) and Doug Anderson (11.9).

Detroit currently leads the Horizon League in scoring offense (78.9 ppg), steals per game (8.2), turnover margin (+5.0), assist/turnover ratio (1.3), offensive rebounds (11.5 rpg) and three-point field goals made per game (7.5). The Titans are mentored by former Ball State and Houston head coach Ray McCallum, who is in his fifth year at the helm.

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 10.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg in Horizon League play, while shooting 44.0 percent (59-131) from the floor. His rebounding numbers rank second among all Horizon League newcomers.

Seeking the Winning Formula
In the 16 UIC victories this season, the Flames have held their opponents to just 53.9 points per game and 35.7 percent shooting, and dished out an average of 12.9 assists per game. However, in the 13 losses, UIC opponents are shooting 47.4 percent from the floor and scoring an average of 72.1 points per contest.

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 62.1 points per game, which would represent the lowest point average for its opponents in school history.
• UIC currently ranks 26th in the nation in free throw percentage, at 74.8 percent. The Flames have shot 75.0 percent or better from the charity stripe in 17 games this season.
• The Flames are averaging only 11.9 turnovers per game, which ranks 53rd nationally. UIC has turned the ball over on just 18.9 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 9-2 when leading at halftime, and 7-1 when out-rebounding its opponents.
• The Flames are 9-3 at the Pavilion this season, with notable home wins over No. 21/22 Colorado State (12/8/12), Loyola (1/16/13) and Green Bay (1/31/13).
• Senior point guard Gary Talton is averaging a team-high 12.9 points per game, with a total of 374 points on the season. He is also the team leader in assists (120), steals (44), free throws made (112) and free throw percentage (.862).
• Senior guard Daniel Barnes is scoring 11.4 points per game. He has posted 16 double-digit scoring outputs, including five in the last seven games.
• Senior center Josh Crittle is averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during Horizon League play. The UCF transfer has scored in double figures in nine-of the Flames' 15 conference games, and enters Saturday's game as the Flames' leading rebounder in all games (5.3 rpg).
• To go along with his 9.9 points per contest, junior forward Hayden Humesis averaging 5.2 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 40.2 percent (45-112) from three.

Rebounding From the Perimeter
Senior guard Daniel Barnesenters Saturday's game against Detroit as the Flames' third-leading rebounder - he is pulling down 4.0 rebounds per game from the shooting guard position. He has been the Flames' leading rebounder in each of the past three contests, with eight boards at Milwaukee (2/20/13), five caroms against Bradley (2/23/13) and nine rebounds Tuesday against Wright State. Barnes, who collected his 200th career rebound against the Raiders, has pulled down six or more rebounds on eight occasions this season.

What's Trending?
• Sophomore wing Marc Brown is averaging 10.8 points per game over the past five contests, while shooting 46.2 percent (18-39) from the field. He chipped in 10 points against WSU on Tuesday.
• Sophomore guard Daniel Barnes is scoring a team-high 13.2 points and pulling down 6.2 boards per game over the last five contests. He has also made 10 three-point field goals during that stretch.
• Over the last six games, freshman forward Jake Wiegand is averaging 12.3 minutes per game off the bench. During that stretch, Wiegand has shot 63.2 percent (12-19) from the field.
• Dating back to last season, senior point guard Gary Talton has tallied double-digit scoring outputs in 29-of the last 36 contests, including in 13-of the last 16 games. Talton has also averaged 6.0 assists per game (30 total assists) over the past five contests.
• Senior center Josh Crittlehas been limited to single-digit scoring performances in each-of the past four games for the first time this season.

Summing Up The Seniors
#1 Daniel Barnes • SG • Oak Park, Ill.
In 62 career appearances, has started 51 games for head coach Howard Moore over the past two seasons ... Has scored 637 career points, corralled 207 rebounds and swiped 88 steals in an average of nearly 31 minutes per game ... Has led UIC in scoring 12 times over the past two years, and scored in double figures 31 times ... Was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on December 17, 2012 after exploding for a career-high 30 points in the Flames' convincing 74-48 win over Eastern Michigan at the Pavilion ... Became the first UIC player to score 30 or more points since Jeremy Buttellduring the 2009-10 season ... The Flames' career-active leader in games played.

#34 Josh Crittle • C • Bellwood, Ill.
In his first and only season at UIC, has established himself as one of the top big men in the Horizon League ... The Bellwood native transferred to UIC last September, returning home after a four-year Division I stint at both Oregon and Central Florida ... Has started all 29 games for the Flames this season, and is UIC's leading rebounder (5.3 rpg) and third-leading scorer (11.0 ppg) ... In Horizon League play, is averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game ... Has scored in double figures in nine-of the Flames' 15 conference games ... Has posted two double-doubles on the season, and grabbed eight or more rebounds in five individual games.

#20 Anthony Kelley • SF • Aurora, Ill.
The Flames' lone four-year senior ... Under former head coach Jimmy Collins and current UIC mentor Howard Moore, Kelley has played in a combined 55 games with 10 starting assignments, including nine starts this season ... Started his first-career game at UIC, on Nov. 14, 2009 against Illinois-Springfield (UIS) ... Has played 20 or more minutes in six games this season, including three contests with at least 30 minutes of action ... Tallied his first-career double-double against Milwaukee on Jan. 23.

#4 Gary Talton • PG • Dallas, Texas
Has led UIC in scoring, assists, field goals made, free throw percentage and free throws made in each of the past two seasons ... Member of the 2012 All-Horizon League Newcomer Team ... Enters Saturday's regular season finale with 723 career points (12.3 ppg), 219 assists (3.7 apg) and 217 rebounds (3.7 rpg) ... Has played in 59 games with 55 career starts under head coach Howard Moore... Has scored in double figures 23 times this season, and 44 times during his two-year career ... Was named the Horizon League's Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 26, 2012 after averaging 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in a pair of wins over Iona (11/19/12) and Southeast Missouri (11/24/12).

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).