Nov. 18, 2011
► The UIC men's basketball team will look to improve to 2-0 at the confines of the UIC Pavilion, when the Flames host Quincy University Saturday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. The Hawks are 1-0 on the season, and coming off Tuesday's 75-60 win over Hannibal-Lagrange.
► Under second-year head coach Howard Moore, the UIC men's basketball team boasts a 5-4 record during the month of November. That slate includes a 3-1 mark at the UIC Pavilion.
► UIC will seeking its first-ever win over Quincy. The Hawks own a 5-0 all-time series advantage; although the teams haven't met in regular season play since the 1980-81 campaign, before UIC joined the NCAA Division I ranks.
► Senior captain Matt Bush, a native of Quincy, Ill., will play against the college located in his hometown Saturday when the Hawks visit the UIC Pavilion. Bush was an All-Western Big Six selection at Quincy High School, and led them to the league championship in 2006-07.
► NEXT UP: The Flames will wrap up their three-game homestand by taking on Evansville in a pre-Thanksgiving non-conference contest next Wednesday (Nov. 23) at the Pavilion (7 p.m.). The Purple Aces are 1-1 on the season, after upsetting defending Horizon League champion Butler (80-77) on Nov. 12, and falling short at Indiana (11/16/11), 94-73. Evansville will host Oakland City Saturday afternoon.
UIC: Howard Moore(Wisconsin, '95) is in his second season as the head coach at UIC, where he has compiled an 8-25 overall record. He spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping the Badgers to five straight NCAA tournament berths. Moore, 38, also served assistant coaching stints at Loyola (2004-05), Ball State (2003-04) and Bradley (1999-2003).
Quincy: Marty Bell is in his ninth season as the head coach at Quincy, where he has compiled a 143-93 record. The longest-tenured coach in school history, Bell has led Quincy to four NCAA Division II National Tournaments, including guiding the Hawks to the Sweet Sixteen in 2009-10, marking the first time in school history they achieved the feat.
» Quincy University is located in Quincy, Ill., and has a total enrollment of 1,250.
The Hawks are members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) in the NCAA Division II ranks.
» Quincy is coming off a 16-11 record (9-9 GLVC) and a tie for first-place in the GLVC North Division last season. The Hawks return seven letterwinners, including three starters from that team.
» Quincy defeated Missouri Valley Conference member Drake, 84-74, in an exhibition contest in Des Moines, Iowa on Nov. 5.
FLAMES UPEND ROOSEVELT FOR FIRST WIN, 59-42
Senior center Darrin Williamsrecorded his first-career double-double, spearheaded by a career-best 18 points, leading the UIC men's basketball team to a 59-42 win over visiting Roosevelt University in the Flames' home opener at the UIC Pavilion Wednesday night.
In addition to Williams' 18 points, he pulled down 12 rebounds. Redshirt junior guard Daniel Barnes also scored a career-high 11 points, while freshman guard Greg Travislogged his first-career double-digit scoring effort with 14 tallies.
POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Freshmen Ahman Fells and Rob Robinson both saw action off the bench, playing their first-career games in a UIC uniform ... Daniel Barnes' 11-point performance marked his second-straight double-digit scoring output ... The Flames held the Lakers to just 23.3 percent shooting from the field ... UIC held a 49-42 rebounding advantage, with Darrin Williams and Hayden Humescombining for 21 caroms, including seven offensive boards ... The Flames, who turned the ball over 20 times at Eastern Michigan, chopped that total to 16 mishaps against Roosevelt ... UIC is now 4-0 all-time versus Roosevelt.
PLENTY OF NEW FACES
The UIC men's basketball team will field the 16th youngest team in the NCAA Division I ranks during the 2011-12 season. Head coach Howard Moore and his staff have welcomed nine newcomers to the mix, including seven freshmen. Of UIC's six returning players, only Darrin Williams and Paris Cartersaw action in 28 or more games last season. For a chart of the youngest teams in NCAA Division I basketball this season, see page 4.
TRAVIS JOINS BROWN IN STARTING LINEUP
Freshman point guard Greg Travis joined classmate Marc Brownin UIC's starting lineup in Wednesday's home opener against Roosevelt. The former four-year starter at Curie High School in Chicago torched the Lakers for 14 points on six field goals, while adding three assists (against just one turnover) and swiping three steals.
MAKING THE ADJUSTMENT
Freshman point guard Greg Travishas made a seamless transition from high school to college basketball early in November. In an average of 25.0 minutes per game, Travis is shooting a team-best 60 percent (9-of-15) from the field. He has also dished out four assists, pulled down five rebounds and swiped three steals through UIC's first two contests.
UIC's senior frontcourt tandem of Darrin Williams and Paris Carteris off to a quick start through the first two games of the season. Williams recorded his first-career double-double on Wednesday night against Roosevelt, posting career-best marks in both points (18) and rebounds (12). Meanwhile, in the season opener at Eastern Michigan (11/11/11), Carter tallied his second-career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The duo has combined to shoot nearly 57 percent (.564) from the field, and is averaging 15.5 combined rebounds per game.
POINT 'N SHOOT
As simple as it sounds, over the past 33 games, the Flames are at their best when they are shooting the ball at a higher clip than the opposition. Under head coach Howard Moore, UIC is 8-3 when shooting a higher percentage than its opponent.
IN SEARCH OF SOME HOME COOKIN'
During the offseason, UIC head coach Howard Mooreoften spoke about the importance of developing a home-court advantage at the UIC Pavilion heading into his second year at the helm. When taking a closer look at UIC's losses at home last season, it becomes apparent how close the Flames were to enjoying a much more successful campaign in terms of wins and losses. In five-of its nine home losses, UIC led at halftime, and in three of those setbacks, the Flames held a lead with less than 3:00 remaining in regulation.
Through the first two games of the season, UIC has been one of the best defensive teams in the Horizon League. The Flames are allowing their opponents to score just 55.0 points per game, the lowest mark in the League, while UIC's respective three-point field goal defense (.167) and overall defensive field goal percentage (.339) rank first and second in the Horizon League.
CAPTAINING THE SHIP
UIC head coach Howard Moore named veteran guards Daniel Barnes and Matt Bush, along with junior transfer point guard Gary Taltonteam captains for the 2011-12 campaign. Barnes and Bush were limited to a combined seven games of action due to injury last year, but were present in practice on a daily basis, and displayed solid leadership roles this past summer. Talton led Mountain View Community College (Tex.) to a NJCAA National Championship last season.
GORSKI, SNIDER, WIEGAND SIGN FOR 2012-13
UIC head men's basketball coach Howard Mooreannounced the official signings of 7-foot center Matt Gorski and 6-foot-8 power forward Jake Wiegand, of Fisburne Military Academy in Virginia, along with 6-foot-1 guard Gabriel Snider from Whitney Young High School in Chicago on Nov. 9. The trio will represent UIC's recruiting class for the 2012-13 campaign.
In the past 12 months, Moore and his staff have signed 11 players: Rob Robinson, Jerome Brown, Ahman Fells, Greg Travis, Will Simonton, Marc Brown, Hayden Humes (transfer from Toledo), Gary Talton (junior college transfer from Mountain View C.C. in Texas) and now, Gorski, Snider and Wiegand.