Men's Basketball Hosts Eastern Illinois on Saturday

Freshman Markese McGuire scored eight points in his collegiate debut this past Wednesday.
Freshman Markese McGuire scored eight points in his collegiate debut this past Wednesday.

Nov. 15, 2013

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EIU (1-1, 0-0 OVC) at UIC (1-1, 0-0 HL)
 Date Saturday, Nov. 16
 Time 3 p.m. CT
 Location Chicago, Ill. | UIC Pavilion
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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.