Aug. 1, 2013
2013-14 Preseason ProspectusCHICAGO
- The official beginning of the 2013-14 college basketball season is less than two months away. In advance of the fourth season under the tutelage of head coach Howard Moore
, the 2013-14 UIC men's basketball preseason prospectus is now available on UICFlames.com.
NOTABLES HEADING INTO 2013-14 SEASON
UIC is prepping for its 67th men's basketball season. The Flames enter the 2013-14 campaign with 791 all-time wins, including 480 victories at the NCAA Division I level.
UIC is also entering its 20th year as a member of the Horizon League. The Flames joined the League prior to the 1994-95 season.
UIC is coming off an 18-win (18-16, 7-9 Horizon) season, the most victories since 2007-08. The Flames improved upon their win total from the 2011-12 campaign (8-22, 3-15 HL) by 10 victories, representing the 12th-largest turnaround in the nation.
The Flames advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2004, defeating cross-town rival Chicago State in the first-round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournmament (CIT). It marked UIC's first-ever postseason victory.
Fourth-year head coach Howard Moore was awarded a three-year contract extension in April. The Windy City native will remain on the Flames' sidelines through at least the 2017-18 season.
While the 2013-14 schedule is yet to be released, it was revealed in May that UIC will face Illinois, Northwestern and Loyola during the 2013 non-conference slate. Northwestern will visit the UIC Pavilion on Wednesday, Nov. 20; UIC and long-time Horizon League rival Loyola will meet in a non-conference game at Gentile Arena on Saturday, Dec. 7, and the Flames will take on Illinois at the United Center on Saturday, Dec. 28.
UIC will return eight letterwinners from the 2012-13 campaign, including a pair of starters in senior forward Hayden Humes and junior guard/forward Marc Brown. Head coach Howard Moore brought in a five-member newcomer class, highlighted by former Purdue standout Kelsey Barlow, who sat out the 2012-13 campaign per NCAA transfer rules. The Flames will also welcome the services of senior forward/center Jordan Harks, a transfer from Central Arkansas, as well as a trio of freshmen: Markese McGuire (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial), Lance Whitaker (South Elgin, Ill./Bartlett) and Pat Birt (Plano, Texas/Plano East).