Nov. 7, 2013
UIC Game Notes
Recapping the Exhibition Win
The Flames picked up a 79-57 victory in its lone exhibition game of the season over the University of Chicago last Saturday (Nov. 2) at the UIC Pavilion. Junior Marc Brown tallied a game-high 14 points and was joined in double digits by freshman Markese McGuire and sophomore Jake Wiegand with 13 and 11points, respectively. UIC outscored the Maroons in the paint by a margin of 38-18 and received 42 points from its bench. The Flames executed runs of 16-3 and 22-6 spurred by a pressure defense that forced 17 Chicago turnovers on the day.
UIC Basketball To Honor Sonny Parker
Head Coach Howard Moore and the UIC basketball program will honor Chicago youth advocate Sonny Parker prior to tip-off against Drake on Saturday night. Parker serves as President of the Sonny Parker Youth Foundation, a non-for-profit that provides year round educational, recreational and mutli-cultural enrichment programs for inner-city children. The 1976 NBA first-round draft pick is a close friend to Moore and the Flames basketball program. Parker’s nephew, Jay Parker, plays point guard for UIC and his son, Jabari, is a freshman at Duke.
What a Turnaround!
UIC is coming off an 18-win (18-16, 7-9 Horizon) season, the most victories since 2007-08 and the most of any D-I program in the city of Chicago last year. 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 2012-13 Flames advanced to the postseason for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign as they accepted an invitation to play in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. UIC hosted Chicago State in the first round and claimed victory by a final of 80-69, serving as the Flames first postseason win in program history. UIC traveled to Northern Iowa for second-round action and suffered a 63-51 defeat.
Sweet Home Chicago
Last season, Head Coach Howard Moore guided the Flames to a 12-4 record when playing at the UIC Pavilion, which is tied for the third-most wins since the venue was constructed in 1982. UIC totaled 13 home wins during the 1989-90 and 1997-98 seasons and 12 victories during the 2007-08 campaign.
Barlow named preseason All-Horiozn League
Senior Purdue transfer Kelsey Barlow was named to the preseason All-Horizon League Second Team, which was announced at the annual media day event on Oct. 16. Barlow came to UIC prior to the 2012-13 season, but had to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. The Indianapolis native starred three years for the Boilermakers, earning a spot on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2009-10. He averaged 8.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game during his junior year at Purdue, reaching double-digit point totals on 10 occasions.
Gary Talton drafted into NBA D-League
Former UIC point guard Gary Talton was selected in the fourth round of the NBA D-League draft by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last Friday night (Nov 1). The 67th overall pick starred at UIC for two seasons from 2011-13 and paced the Flames in scoring and assists last year, averaging 12.3 points and 4.4 helpers, respectively. Talton, a second-team All-Horizon League honoree, joined his teammates in training camp as the Valley Vipers begin their season on Nov. 23.
Moore earns three-year extension
During the offseason, Head Coach Howard Moore earned a three-year contract extension and will remain on the Flames’ sideline through the 2017-18 season. Moore, the 10th head coach in program history, was rewarded for orchestrating the 12th-best turnaround in the country last season as UIC improved from 8-22 to 18-16 in 2012-13. The Flames also participated in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament and recorded the program’s first-ever postseason win against Chicago State in the opening round.
Thrillling Non-Conference Schedule
UIC will be challenged early and often during the non-conference portion of the 2013-14 season as they open up with MVC-member Drake at home on Nov. 9. UIC’s home slate also includes tilts against Northwestern on Nov. 20 and Hall-of-Famer Larry Brown’s SMU Mustangs on Dec. 4. Marquee road games include Colorado State (Dec. 23) and Illinois at the United Center (Dec. 28). The Flames will also take part in the bd Global Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla. from Nov. 25-27 with San Diego as a first-round opponent.
Flames On TV, Radio and Internet this Season
Flames fans will enjoy unprecedented coverage of UIC men’s basketball this season as they have a multitude of options. Radio powerhouse ESPN 1000 continues its long-standing partnership with the Flames, airing at least 17 contests throughout the year. UIC will also be featured on Comcast SportsNet Chicago a total of six times this season with home games against Drake, Northwestern, SMU, Milwaukee and Valparaiso and a road tilt versus Loyola. The Flames contest against Illinois at the United Center will be carried live by the Big Ten Network. ESPN3.com is schedule to stream a minimum of 10 games this season and the majority of home and league games will be available on the Horizon League Network.