Flames Flashback: Men's Basketball Face Tough Non-Conference Schedule
Aug. 9, 2010
As the 2010-2011 academic year approaches, UIC takes a look back at the previous year in athletics.
CHICAGO - The UIC men's basketball team had an up-and-down 2009-10 season. The Flames played a tough non-conference schedule facing many elite teams including in-state rivals Southern Illinois, Illinois State, DePaul and came away with a twenty point victory over Northern Illinois. The Flames also faced the Big Ten powerhouse No. 16 Wisconsin.
One of the Flames biggest wins of the year came over a team in the Pac-10, Oregon State. The win marked UIC's first ever over a team in the Pac-10 conference. UIC was trailing the majority of the second half until Robo Kreps hit a go-ahead layup with 5.6 seconds left on the clock to give the Flames a 63-61 victory.
The junior led the Flames from the field going 7-for-13; four of his field goals were three-pointers and he finished with a game-high 19 points.
Zavion Neely backed-up Kreps with 13 points, one assist and three steals. Spencer Stuart had an impact his first game of the year for the Flames with nine points and eight assists. Jeremy Buttell was a force for UIC in the paint, grabbing five offensive rebounds and putting in eight points.
Kreps led the Flames throughout the year in scoring (15.2 ppg) and was sixth in the Horizon League. Kreps scored a career-high 31 on New Year's Eve against Detroit. The junior was perfect from the free throw line, 18-for-18, setting a team record for free throws made and a season high for the Horizon League.
Buttell, who was named U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar Athlete of the Month of January, led the Flames in the 2010 campaign with five double-doubles. The senior scored a career-high 31 against Youngstown State while grabbing 12 rebounds. Buttell ranked fifth overall in the Horizon league in rebounding.
After 14 seasons as head coach, Jimmy Collins announced his retirement with the most wins in UIC history with 218 from 1996 to 2010. Collins led the Flames to the first three NCAA berths in school history.
UIC begins their 2010-2011 campaign at Pittsburgh in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classis Nov. 10, 2010.