UIC Basketball Releases 2014-15 Non-League Schedule
June 25, 2014
CHICAGO - The 2014-15 UIC men's basketball non-league schedule was announced Wednesday (June 25) by head coach Howard Moore. The Flames will be challenged with road contests at Dayton, SMU, DePaul and Northwestern along with a home contest against Central Florida.
"We have a very challenging non-conference schedule and that's exactly how our staff designed it," said Moore. "The only way to prepare for the everyday battles of the Horizon League is to play high quality opponents during the non-league season. I'm excited for our fans to see this year's team compete against some of the nation's top programs."
For its season opener on Nov. 14, UIC will stay in Chicago and drive four miles north on Halsted Street to battle city-rival DePaul. The contest will be played at the school's Lincoln Park campus inside McGrath-Phillips Arena. This will be the first meeting between the two programs since Dec. 13, 2009.
Coach Moore and the Flames kick off their home schedule against Western Illinois on Nov. 17. UIC dropped its most recent outing versus the Leathernecks in 2012, but won the previous 10 matchups dating back to 1991.
Beginning on Nov. 21, the Flames will take part in the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic hosted by Kent State. UIC opens play against the Golden Flashes before taking on Yale and Southern Illinois in consecutive days.
The Flames return home to host St. Xavier on Nov. 25 before heading to Dayton on Nov. 29. The Flyers are fresh off of a historic Elite Eight NCAA Tournament run last season as they defeated Ohio State, Syracuse and Stanford. Dayton finished the season ranked No. 18 in the final NCAA RPI. This will be the second all-time meeting between the two schools with the first coming in the 2011-12 season.
UIC begins December with four straight home games, starting with Grand Canyon on Dec. 2. The Flames then host former Horizon League-member and city-rival Loyola on Dec. 6. UIC holds a 30-22 all-time series record against the Ramblers and have won the past two home affairs.
Home play continues on Dec. 11 versus American opponent Central Florida. The two programs split their two previous encounters as UIC claimed victory in the most recent tilt in 1989. The Flames welcome Tennessee-Martin to the Pavilion on Dec. 15 to close out the homestand, which will serve as the first-ever meeting between the two squads.
UIC will play its next three contests on the road, beginning at postseason NIT-runner up SMU on Dec. 17. The Mustangs, who are led by Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, finished the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 27-10. They twice defeated eventual NCAA Champion Connecticut during the regular season and fell two points shy in the NIT title game against Minnesota. SMU has already appeared in several preseason top-25 national rankings.
Upon their arrival back to Chicago, UIC will journey to Northwestern for a game on Dec. 22. UIC owns a 4-4 all-time series record versus the Wildcats and have won four of the last five gatherings, including the previous three inside Welsh-Ryan Arena.
UIC will conclude its non-league road campaign at in-state rival Bradley on Dec. 28. The Flames and Braves never disappoint as their last four meetings have been decided by an average of six points. They last met on Feb. 23, 2013, when Bradley escaped the Pavilion with a one-point victory thanks to a last-second putback.
The Flames will close out their non-conference season at home against Judson on Dec. 30.
For season tickets and renewal information please call 312-413-UIC1. UIC will play a total of 16 home games which includes nine Horizon League contests.
2014-15 UIC Men's Basketball Non-League Schedule