Nov. 15, 2013
UIC Game Notes
The UIC men’s basketball team will host its third-straight home game on Saturday (Nov. 16) as they welcome OVC-member Eastern Illinois to the UIC Pavilion for a 3 p.m. CT tip. Both squads carry a 1-1 record after UIC and EIU claimed victory on Wednesday night against NAIA-members Roosevelt and Olivet Nazarene, respectively. Saturday’s contest will be the 33rd all-time meeting between the two schools as UIC holds a 17-15 series advantage. The Flames won their most recent gathering on Feb. 18, 2012, by a final of 67-63 in Charleston, Ill.
Last Time Out
UIC recorded its first win of the season this past Wednesday night with an 87-65 victory at home against Roosevelt. Junior Marc Brown topped all scorers with a career-high 25 points as the Flames used a 22-6 run early in the second half to permanently distance themselves. UIC shot an impressive 60 percent from the floor (36-of-60) and outscored the Lakers in the paint by a margin of 56-20.
Scouting the Panthers
Eastern Illinois enters Saturday’s contest with a 1-1 record, dropping its season-opener at Northwestern (72-55) on Nov. 9 and defeating NAIA-member Olivet Nazarene (67-60) on Nov. 13. The Panthers are led by redshirt junior Reggie Smith and redshirt freshman Dennis Green as they average 19.0 and 12.5 points per game, respectively. Smith is a transfer from UNLV and did not play in the Olivet contest. Head Coach Jay Spoonhour begins his second season at EIU after leading the team to an 11-21 record in 2012-13.
Career Night for Brown
Junior Marc Brown recorded his second consecutive 20-point outing of the season against Roosevelt on Wednesday night with a career-high 25 points, the second-highest mark among league players this year. Coming into the 2013-14 campaign, Brown owned just one 20-point game, which was during his freshman year when he scored 24 versus Evansville. The Dallas native also tallied a new career-best in made field goals with 11. The last UIC player to total 11 buckets was NBA D-League star Paul Carter on Nov. 21, 2010 in the Flames’ 74-68 win against Rhode Island. Brown currently leads the Horizon League in scoring with a 22.5 points per game average.
Red Hot Flames
In Wednesday’s 87-65 win versus Roosevelt, the Flames displayed its best team shooting performance in nearly six years by going 36-of-60 (60%) from the floor. The last time UIC sank 36 or more field goals was on Dec. 22, 2007 in a 97-58 blowout win against Howard. The Flames also reached the 60 percent mark for the first time since Dec. 6, 2007 when UIC downed Horizon League-foe Milwaukee, 91-73. UIC currently paces the conference with a 50.4 percent shooting clip.
Career Highs for Snider, McGuire and Wiegand
In his first collegiate start, sophomore Gabe Snider recorded his second consecutive career-high with eight points against Roosevelt on Wednesday night. All eight of his points came in just over a two-minute span in the second half that included two three-pointers. Freshman Markese McGuire also tallied all eight of his points in the second half, making his first collegiate appearance versus the Lakers. Sophomore Jake Wiegand matched a career-best with nine points on Wednesday, hitting 3-of-6 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Miller Faces Familiar Opponent
UIC junior Joey Miller will face a familiar opponent on Saturday afternoon in Eastern Illinois. Miller played for the Panthers his freshman season (2011-12), starting 24 games and averaging 10.4 points per contest. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week on three separate occasions and set EIU’s freshman single-game scoring record with 28 points against UT-Martin on Feb. 11, 2012. UIC played Eastern Illinois in the BracketBusters that year and claimed a 67-63 victory in which Miller had 10 points and five rebounds.
Barlow with the Dish
Senior Purdue transfer Kelsey Barlow dished out five assists on Wednesday night, bringing his two-game total to 12. The 6.0-assist per game average ties-for-first among all Horizon League players and his seven helpers against Drake last Saturday is tied for the second-highest total in the conference this season. Junior Jay Parker handed out a career-high five assists on Wednesday as well.