UIC Men's Basketball Announces Its 2000-2001 Schedule|
July 25, 2000
Chicago, Ill. - With its most successful recruiting class inked, headlined by all-staters Cedrick Banks (Chicago, Ill./Westinghouse) and Martell Bailey (Chicago, Ill./Westinghouse), the University of Illinois at Chicago men's basketball program will prepare to take on one of the most ambitious schedules in the school's history, including a highly anticipated showdown with sister school University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in late December.
The Flames' non-conference slate boasts five dates with teams that competed in last year's NCAA Tournament, including tilts with the defending national champion Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing, Mich., on Dec. 2, a match up with the Fighting Illini at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., on Dec. 29 and a season-opening showdown at Saint Louis on Nov. 18.
UIC will also battle tournament-tested Oregon and Iowa State on the road as well as Midwest rivals Northern Illinois, Drake, Central Michigan and Chicago State prior to the beginning of its Midwestern Collegiate Conference schedule. The Flames will also play the first of two Allstate Arena games when they face Southern Illinois on Dec. 9 as part of a doubleheader with DePaul. The Blue Demons will face Chicago State. UIC will take the court for its first home game at the UIC Pavilion against Texas-San Antonio on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
In league action, UIC will open up Midwestern Collegiate Conference play in Cleveland, Ohio, against Rollie Massimino's Cleveland State Vikings on Jan. 6 before returning home to face Bo Ryan and the UW-Milwaukee Panthers on Jan. 11. UIC is set to square off against league-foe and crosstown rival Loyola at the UIC Pavilion on Jan. 20 while the rematch at the Ramblers' Gentile Center is slated for Feb. 17.
After hosting the MCC post-season tournament the last two years, UIC will head to Dayton, Ohio and Wright State University's Nutter Center for the 2001 Nokia MCC Men's Basketball Championship, which is scheduled for March 3, 4 and 6, 2001.
UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins welcomes back eight letterwinners, including starters Maurice Brown (Syracuse, NY/Henninger), the Flames' top returning scorer (9.5 ppg) and rebounder (6.7 rpg), Joe Scott (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg) and Cory Little (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail).