Men's Basketball to Entertain UW-Platteville in Exhibition Action Wednesday
Nov. 6, 2012
CHICAGO - The UIC men's basketball team will play its lone exhibition game Wednesday, when the Flames host UW-Platteville at the new-look UIC Pavilion beginning at 7 p.m. CST. The exhibition contest will serve as UIC's last tune-up game leading up to Sunday's regular season opener against UC Riverside.
UW-Platteville is an NCAA Division III affiliate, and a member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). The Pioneers are coached by Jeff Gard, the younger brother of former UW-Platteville assistant coach and current Wisconsin Associate Head Coach Greg Gard, whom UIC head coach Howard Moore worked alongside for five seasons during his tenure with the Badgers. Platteville finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 14-12 record, including an 8-8 mark in WIAC play.
UIC is set to return four starters from the 2011-12 campaign (8-22, 3-15 Horizon), including senior point guard Gary Talton (11.6 ppg/3.3 apg), senior guard Daniel Barnes (10.4 ppg), junior forward Hayden Humes (8.2 ppg) and sophomore wing Marc Brown (6.7 ppg). Talton was a Horizon League All-Newcomer Team selection last season after leading UIC in scoring, field goals made (122), free throw percentage (.867), free throws made (78) and assists per game (3.3). Overall, UIC returns 65 percent of its scoring.
Moore and his staff have welcomed seven newcomers to the mix, including two Division I transfers that will be immediately eligible. Senior center Josh Crittle, a native of Bellwood, Ill., spent the past two seasons at UCF, where he started 25 games as a junior (2011-12) -- he is enrolled in UIC's graduate school, and will have one season of eligibility remaining with the Flames. Crittle began his college career at Oregon after a stellar prep career at nearby Hales Franciscan.
Sophomore guard Joey Miller played his first season of college basketball at Eastern Illinois before transferring to UIC -- he was given immediate eligibility with the Flames after being granted a hardship waiver from the NCAA. Miller scored 10.4 points per game in his freshman season with the Panthers, and was named the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Freshman of the Week on three occasions. UC Riverside will represent UIC's first regular season opponent, when the Highlanders visit the Pavilion Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. The Highlanders will open the regular season Friday night at DePaul. UW-Platteville will begin its regular season on Thursday, Nov. 15 against Emmaus Bible College.
Wednesday's exhibition game will be broadcast live on UICFlames.com (Audio link), with Dave Juday and Kenny Williams calling the action.