Game #31: Flames Host Cleveland State Tuesday Night in HL Tourney

Barnes is averaging three triples per game over the past six contests.
Barnes is averaging three triples per game over the past six contests.

March 4, 2013

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Game #31: Flames Host Cleveland State Tuesday Night in HL Tourney
2013 Horizon League Championship First Round

#5 UIC Flames (16-14/7-9 HL) vs. #8 Cleveland State Vikings (14-17, 5-11 HL)
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 • UIC Pavilion • 7:00 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: 31-60 (3rd season)
CSU Head Coach: Gary Waters • Record at CSU/Overall: 136-98 (7th year)/307-233 (17th year)
In-Game Twitter Updates: @UICFlamesSID/@uicflamesdotcom • Hashtags: #uicbasketball, #HLMBB

The Last Meeting
Cleveland State77
February 2, 2013
UIC Pavilion
Cleveland State Records Wire-to-Wire Win over Men's Hoops, 77-66
The UIC men's basketball team dropped a 77-66 decision against visiting Cleveland State at the Pavilion Saturday night, falling for just the second time at home this season. CSU built a 22-point second half lead, and held off a commanding run by the Flames down the stretch to pick up its first Horizon League road win of the season.


#4 Gary Talton • PG
Named Second-Team All-Horizon League on Monday. The Flames' leading scorer and third-leading rebounder. In Horizon League games, is averaging a League 11th-best 13.3 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.

#1 Daniel Barnes • SG
The Flames' second-leading scorer. Has drilled a Horizon League third-best 68 three-point field goals on the season. Ranks eighth on UIC's all-time three-point field goals list (136). Drilled eight three-point field goals en route to 28 points against Detroit last Saturday. The Flames' career-active leader in games played (62).

#20 Anthony Kelley • SF
Has started nine-of the last 12 games. Poured in a career-high 15 points last Saturday against Detroit on Senior Day. Chipped in eight points in 31 minutes of action against Cleveland State on Feb. 2. The Flames' lone four-year senior.

#13 Hayden Humes • PF
The Flames' fourth-leading scorer. Shooting 44.4 percent from the floor and 39.3 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
Named to the Horizon League's All-Newcomer Team on Monday. In HL play, is the Flames' third-leading scorer (10.2 ppg) and leading rebounder (5.6 rpg). Averaging 2.0 assists per game, second-most on the team. Shooting 44.1 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: Cleveland State leads, 41-32
Cleveland State leads the all-time series against UIC, 41-32. Overall, CSU has captured 12-straight victories over the Flames, dating back to the 2007-08 campaign. The series began in the 1981-82 season, with Cleveland State winning both regular season meetings by a combined seven points. The Flames then rolled off five-straight wins, and also defeated the Vikings seven-consecutive times from 1996-99.

Setting the Scene
The fifth-seeded UIC men's basketball team (16-14, 7-9 Horizon) will look to advance to the Horizon League Tournament Quarterfinals for the first time since the 2008-09 season Tuesday, when the Flames host No. 8 Cleveland State in the first-round of the postseason beginning at 7:00 p.m. CST at the Pavilion. CSU recorded a regular-season sweep over the Flames, including a 77-66 road win on Feb. 2.

Tourney Tidbits
UIC captured Horizon League Tournament championships at the conclusion of the 2001-02 and 2003-04 campaigns, garnering the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament ... Since the official inception of the Horizon League prior to the 2001-02 season, the Flames have compiled an 11-8 record in Horizon League Tournament games ... UIC last advanced to the second round of the Horizon League Tournament in 2009 ... The Flames are 5-3 all-time in the first-round of the Horizon League Tournament ... The Flames' most common opponent in the Horizon League Tournament has been Milwaukee, whom UIC has taken on six times in the postseason.

UIC vs. Cleveland State in the HL Tourney
Since UIC became an NCAA Division I member, the Flames and Cleveland State have gone head-to-head 10 times in the postseason, with each team winning five games. The first postseason meeting between UIC and CSU was at the conclusion of the 1985-86 season, in the first-round of the AMCU-8 Conference Tournament. Since the official inception of the Horizon League, the Flames and Vikings have met three times in the postseason, with CSU owning a 2-1 edge. Cleveland State eliminated UIC from the 2011 Horizon League Tournament (3/1/11), 73-61 in the first-round at the Wolstein Center.

Talton, Crittle Collect All-Horizon League Honors
Senior point guard Gary Talton was named Second-Team All-Horizon League on Monday, while senior center Josh Crittle was recognized as a member of the All-Newcomer Team. Talton represents the Flames' first all-league honoree (first or second team) since Josh Mayo, who collected First-Team All-Horizon League honors in both 2008 and 2009. Crittle is the second player to receive All-Newcomer accolades under head coach Howard Moore- Talton collected the same honor last season.

Talton has posted 23 double-digit scoring outputs this season, and led the Flames in scoring on 14 occasions. He has started all 30 games and dished out five or more assists 12 times. The Dallas native is the first UIC player to capture both all-newcomer and/or first or second-team honors in a two-year career since Martell Bailey and Cedrick Banksin 2002 and 2003. Talton was named the Horizon League Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 26.

Crittle has posted 17 double-digit scoring efforts this season, including nine during Horizon League play. He led the Flames in rebounding (5.3) during the regular season, and paced UIC on the boards in 13 individual games. Crittle was twice named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Week, on Nov. 26 and Jan. 7.

This Season Against Cleveland State
As mentioned, Cleveland State posted a regular season sweep over the Flames this season. The Vikings outlasted the Flames 60-50 at the Wolstein Center on Jan. 7, and recorded a wire-to-wire win, 77-66, at the Pavilion on Feb. 2.

At the Wolstein Center, Josh Crittle and Gary Taltoneach chipped in 10 points, but UIC committed 12 first-half turnovers. CSU's Tim Kamczyk scored 13 points to lead three Vikings in double figures. The Vikings scored 19 points off turnovers, and held a 32-30 edge on the boards, including nine offensive rebounds.

In the return game at the Pavilion, CSU built a 22-point second half lead, and held off a commanding run by the Flames down the stretch to pick up its lone Horizon League road win of the season. Talton scored a team-high 16 points, pacing a group of four Flames in double figures. Cleveland State was led by Marlin Mason, who poured in 22 points on eight field goals. The Vikings held a 38-24 advantage on the boards, and their bench out-scored UIC's reserves, 37-17.

Closer of the League?
Senior point guard Gary Taltonis one of the most consistent scorers in the Horizon League - he enters the postseason ranked 11th in the conference in scoring (13.3 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.

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 13th-largest when factoring in a team's difference in overall winning percentage.

In the Land of Lincoln, Too...
As of March 4, 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.

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 62.6 points per game, which would represent the lowest point average for its opponents in school history.
• UIC currently ranks 23rd in the nation in free throw percentage, at 75.0 percent. The Flames have shot 75.0 percent or better from the charity stripe in 18 games this season.
• The Flames are averaging only 12.9 turnovers per game, which ranks 70th nationally. UIC has turned the ball over on just 19.2 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 9-2 when leading at halftime, and 7-2 when out-rebounding its opponents.
• The Flames are 9-4 at the Pavilion this season, with notable home wins over 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 12.6 points per game, with a total of 378 points on the season. He is also the team leader in assists (128), steals (46), free throws made (112) and free throw percentage (.855).
• Senior guard Daniel Barnes is scoring 12.0 points per game. He has posted 17 double-digit scoring outputs, including six in the last eight games.
• Senior center Josh Crittle is averaging 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game during Horizon League play. The UCF transfer scored in double figures in nine-of the Flames' 16 conference games, and enters Tuesday's game as the Flames' leading rebounder in all games (5.6 rpg).
• To go along with his 9.8 points per contest, junior forward Hayden Humesis averaging 5.3 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 39.3 percent (46-117) from three.

With a Win Over Cleveland State, UIC Would...
• Advance to the Horizon League Tournament Second-Round (Quarterfinals) for the first time since the 2008-09 season (3/6/09 vs. Cleveland State)
• Collect its 17th win of the season, the most since the 2007-08 campaign (18)
• Improve to 11-4 at the Pavilion this season
• Snap a 12-game losing streak versus Cleveland State
• Win its first game in the month of March since the 2008-09 season

Scouting the Vikings
Cleveland State is 14-17 on the season, and wrapped up Horizon League play with a 5-11 mark. Freshman guard Bryn Forbes is CSU's active leading scorer, averaging 12.6 points per game while shooting 44.0 percent from the floor - he was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year on Monday. Sophomore point guard Charlie Lee has chipped in 11.4 points per contest to go along with 4.8 assists per game. Senior forward Tim Kamczyc has contributed 8.1 points per outing.

Leading scorer Anton Grady (13.7 ppg) has been sidelined since early December with a knee (meniscus) injury. The Vikings are coached by former Kent State and Rutgers mentor Gary Waters, who is in his seventh year at the helm.

CSU ranks in the top-five of the Horizon League in three-point field goal percentage (.344), rebounding margin (-1.1), steals per game (6.8), turnover margin (+0.1) and offensive rebounds (9.9 rpg). In League play, the Vikings collectively shot 73.8 percent from the free throw line, third-best in the conference, and averaged 3.3 blocks and 11.1 offensive boards per game, respectively.

The Streak
Cleveland State has defeated UIC 12-straight times, dating back to the 2007-08 campaign. UIC's last win over the Vikings took place on Jan. 31, 2008 at the Pavilion. Below is a scoring summary of the last 13 games between UIC and Cleveland State.

• Feb. 2, 2013 (UIC Pavilion): Cleveland State 77, UIC 66
• Jan. 7, 2013 (Wolstein Center): Cleveland State 60, UIC 50
• Feb. 5, 2012 (UIC Pavilion): Cleveland State 70, UIC 42
• Jan. 5, 2012 (Wolstein Center): Cleveland State 73, UIC 56
• March 1, 2011 (Wolstein Center): Cleveland State 73, UIC 61 (HL Tournament First Round)
• Jan. 27, 2011 (UIC Pavilion): Cleveland State 63, UIC 49
• Jan. 1, 2011 (Wolstein Center): Cleveland State 83, UIC 59
• Feb. 4, 2010 (UIC Pavilion): Cleveland State 74, UIC 63
• Jan. 9, 2010 (Wolstein Center): Cleveland State 70, UIC 63
• March 6, 2009 (Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis): Cleveland State 67, UIC 64 (HL Quarterfinals)
• Feb. 5, 2009 (UIC Pavilion): Cleveland State 66, UIC 63
• Jan. 10, 2009 (Wolstein Center): Cleveland State 79, UIC 69
• Jan. 31, 2008 (UIC Pavilion): UIC 74, Cleveland State 68

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.

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 14 losses, UIC opponents are shooting 47.7 percent from the floor and scoring an average of 72.6 points per contest.

What's Trending?
• Senior guard Daniel Barnes is scoring a team-high 15.7 points and pulling down 5.7 boards per game over the last six contests. He has also made 18 three-point field goals during that stretch (3.0 per game).
• Sophomore wing Marc Brown is averaging 9.8 points per game over the past six contests, while shooting 43.9 percent (18-41) from the field.
• Over the last seven games, freshman forward Jake Wiegand is averaging 11.6 minutes per game off the bench. During that stretch, Wiegand has shot 61.9 percent (13-21) from the field.
• Dating back to last season, senior point guard Gary Talton has tallied double-digit scoring outputs in 29-of the last 37 contests, including in 13-of the last 17 games. Talton has also averaged 6.3 assists per game (38 total assists) over the past six contests.
• Senior center Josh Crittlehas been limited to single-digit scoring performances in each-of the past five games for the first time this season.

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).