Men's Basketball Tabbed Sixth In MCC Preseason Poll
Oct. 24, 2000
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball team, which returns five starters from last year's squad that peaked in post-season play, has been picked to finish sixth in the 2000-01 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Preseason Poll of the league's coaches, media and sports information directors released Tuesday afternoon.
The Flames, who finished last season with an 11-20 overall record and a 5-9 mark in MCC play, received 84 votes while the defending champion Butler Bulldogs were chosen as the preseason favorite, collecting 223 points and 17 first-place votes. Following Butler in the poll was Detroit, which received 12 first-place nods, UW-Milwaukee, Wright State, Cleveland State, UIC, UW-Green Bay and Loyola.
Sophomore forward Maurice Brown (Syracuse, NY/Henninger) earned a spot on the All-MCC Second Team after turning in a strong rookie season last year. UIC's top returning scorer and rebounder in 2000-01, Brown averaged 9.5 ppg and 6.7 rpg in 31 games last season while capping off the year as an MCC All-Newcomer Team member.
Butler led the conference with three preseason All-MCC honorees while Detroit, Wright State and UW-Milwaukee each had a pair of players earn preseason recognition as well. The Titans' Rashad Phillips, who is a preseason All-America pick by Athlon and a strong candidate for the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, was predicted to repeat as the league's player of the year.
In addition to Brown, the Flames also welcome back starters Joe Scott (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg), who led the MCC last year with 41 blocked shots, and Cory Little (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) and part-time starters Thor Solverson (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) and T.J. Mixson (South Holland, Ill./Thornwood).
UIC, which will play a pair of exhibition games on Nov. 7 (Marathon Oil) and Nov. 15 (Hungarian National Team) at the UIC Pavilion, open up the 2000-01 campaign on the road at Saint Louis on Saturday, Nov. 18. First regular-season home action for the Flames will be against Texas-San Antonio on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7:00 p.m.
The 2000-01 MCC preseason poll follows in its entirety.
2000-01 MCC MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL Team 99-00 Overall/MCC Points 1. Butler 23-8 / 12-2 223 (17) 2. Detroit 20-12 / 8-6 218 (12) 3. UW-Milwaukee 15-14 / 6-8 156 4. Wright State 11-17 / 6-8 149 (1) 5. Cleveland State 16-14 / 9-5 131 6. UIC 11-20 / 5-9 84 7. UW-Green Bay 14-16 / 6-8 61 8. Loyola 14-14 / 4-10 58
2000-01 MCC MEN'S BASKETBALL All-MCC First Team Rashad Phillips, Detroit Chad Angeli, UW-Milwaukee Kevin Melson, Wright State LaVall Jordan, Butler Israel Sheinfeld, Wright State
2000-01 MCC MEN'S BASKETBALL All-MCC Second Team Rylan Hainje, Butler Maurice Brown, UIC Clay Tucker, UW-Milwaukee Terrell Riggs, Detroit Thomas Jackson, Butler