Nov. 18, 2012
UIC vs. Iona (Game Notes)
Game #4: UIC Flames (2-1) vs. Iona Gaels (2-1)
Location: St. Thomas,Virgin Islands • Arena: UVI Sports and Fitness Center
Tipoff: 6:00 p.m. AST (4:00 p.m. CST) on Monday, Nov. 19
Radio: UIC Flames Radio Network (Dave Juday/Kenny Williams) • Flagship: WMVP-AM 1000
Radio Note: Game will be broadcast on ESPN Chicago on delay (7:30 p.m. CST)
UIC Head Coach: Howard Moore • Record at UIC/Overall as Head Coach: 17-47 (3rd season)
UIC Athletic Communications Contact: Brett McWethy • Office Phone: 312.996.5880
Cell Phone: 815.751.1015 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Press Row: 312-413-5712/5710
PROJECTED UIC STARTERS
#4 Gary Talton • PG
Boasts a 4.7 assist/turnover ratio (14 assists, three turnovers) with three double-digit scoring outputs this season, and enters Monday's game as UIC's leading rebounder. Member of the 2012 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team after scoring 13.2 ppg in League play.
#1 Daniel Barnes • SG
Scored nine points and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds against Mercer. Scored a team second-best 10.4 points per game last season, and ranked fourth overall in the Horizon League in three-point field goals made (64). Recorded 16 double-digit scoring outputs, and led the Flames in scoring on eight occasions.
#10 Marc Brown • SF
Has started 30 of the 34 career games he has played in. Scored exactly 200 points in freshman season, starting 27 contests. Scored six or more points on 15 occasions, and led the Flames in scoring five times.
#13 Hayden Humes • PF
Enters Monday's game shooting 57.7 percent from the field, and 57.1 percent from three-point range. Dating back to last season, has posted double-digit scoring outputs in 11-of the last 13 games, including six-straight. Ranked sixth in the Horizon League in three-point field goal percentage (.418) last season.
#34 Josh Crittle • C
Despite foul trouble during the Paradise Jam, enters Monday's game as UIC's fourth-leading scorer and rebounder. Played in all 31 games for UCF last season, garnering 25 starts. Prior to transferring to UCF, appeared in 51 games over two seasons (2008-09/2009-10) at Oregon. Transferred to UIC in September.
Setting the Scene
The UIC men's basketball team will look to wrap up the US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam with a 2-1 record on Monday night, when the Flames take on Iona in the fourth-place game beginning at 6:00 p.m. AST (4:00 p.m. CST). UIC is coming off a 62-36 rout of Mercer in Saturday's second round. The Gaels (2-1) also recorded a convincing win in round two, upending Wake Forest 94-68. Iona earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament last season.
UIC vs. Mercer Recap
The UIC men's basketball tallied a balanced scoring attack, and used a stifling defensive effort to convincingly defeat Mercer, 62-36 in the second round of the US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Saturday afternoon. The Bears' 36 points marks the lowest scoring output for a UIC opponent since the Flames joined the Division I ranks prior to the 1981-82 season.
Junior forward Hayden Humes and senior point guard Gary Talton each scored a game-high 14 points, while senior guard Daniel Barnes chipped in with nine points and a career-high seven rebounds. Sophomore wing Marc Brown scored a season-high eight points, while sophomore center Will Simontonenjoyed the best all-around game of his career, scoring six points to go along with four rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.
UIC forced Mercer into 17 total turnovers, and just a 32.6 percent effort from the field. The Flames also posted a 30-27 advantage on the boards, and swiped nine steals. Offensively, it was the Flames' most efficient effort of the season - UIC shot 46.8 percent from the field, including a 50 percent output in the second half, and a 53.3 percent effort from three-point range.
Who Wants to Dance?
Against Iona, UIC will be playing its second opponent this season that garnered an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament at the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign. New Mexico, who outlasted the Flames by seven points (66-59) on Friday night, advanced to the NCAA Tourney Round of 32 last March, while Iona played in the "First Four," falling to BYU in the opening round. With the addition of Iona to the 2012-13 schedule, UIC will play at least 14 games this season against teams that made appearances in the 2012 postseason, including four NCAA Tournament foes.
Running the Show
Senior point guard Gary Taltontallied his 24th career double-digit scoring output (14 points) Saturday against Mercer, but his efficiency in running the offense has been even more impressive early on this season. Talton has dished out 14 assists against just three turnovers through UIC's first three games of the season, an assist/turnover ratio of 4.7. During the Paradise Jam, Talton is averaging 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 40 percent (9-22) from the field.
Point `N Shoot
Junior forward Hayden Humesis off to a blistering start through UIC's first three games. The Valparaiso, Ind., native is shooting 57.5 percent (15-26) from the field, and 57.1 percent (8-14) from three-point range. Humes enters Monday's game against Iona as the Flames' leading scorer, at 13.3 points per game. He has paced the Flames in scoring in each of the past two games during the Paradise Jam. Humes was 4-for-4 from three-point range in UIC's 62-36 win over Mercer on Saturday afternoon. Dating back to last season, Humes has posted double-digit scoring outputs in 11-of the last 13 games, including six-straight.
UIC's stingy defensive effort has certainly been notable early this season, and has been instrumental in the Flames' two wins. The Flames are holding their opponents to just a 36.1 percent effort from the field, and a 24.4 percent output from three-point range. Along with limiting the opposition to just 51.3 points per game, UIC has also forced its foes into an average of 15.3 turnovers per game. The Flames are also averaging 7.3 steals per game entering Monday's contest against Iona.
Shooting from Distance
UIC has converted at least eight three-pointers in all three of its games this season. The Flames drilled eight threes in the season opening win over UC Riverside, converted nine triples against New Mexico and hit eight more three-pointers on Saturday against Mercer. Junior forward Hayden Humes has hit a team-high eight threes on the season, while senior guard Daniel Barnes and sophomore guard Joey Millerhave drilled six and five, respectively.
Finding Their Groove
It hasn't taken long for Division I transfers Josh Crittle and Joey Millerto get acclimated to UIC. Crittle, a senior transfer from UCF, is averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, while Miller (an Eastern Illinois transfer) is scoring 7.0 points per game while shooting 50 percent (7-14) from the floor and 55.6 percent (5-9) from three-point range. Both players were awarded immediate eligibility with the Flames this season after transferring from their respective institutions. While Crittle has battled foul trouble in each of the past two games, the Flames are +6.67 points on average this season when he is on the floor. Meanwhile, Miller played a season-high 25 minutes off the bench against Mercer.
All About Balance
The Flames may have found the recipe that will help them turn the corner this season: offensive balance. In all three of its games, UIC has seen at least three players score in double figures. The stalemates have been senior point guard Gary Talton and junior forward Hayden Humes, who have posted double-digit scoring outputs in each of the Flames' contests. Entering Monday's game against Iona, seven players are averaging at least 3.3 points per game, including four players that are scoring 9.0 points per game or more.
Iona, an at-large selection into the 2012 NCAA Tournament, enters Monday's fourth-place game against UIC with a 2-1 record. The Gaels overwhelmed Wake Forest following the UIC-Mercer game on Saturday, 94-68. One day earlier in an overtime loss (98-92) versus Quinnipiac, leading scorer Lamont Jones poured in 40 points, breaking a seven-year old Paradise Jam tournament record for most points in a single game. Jones is averaging 27.0 points per game, while Sean Armand is scoring 21.7 points per contest. Iona is coached by Tim Cluess, who is in his third season. The Gaels are members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
UIC will return home next Saturday (Nov. 24), when the Flames host Southeast Missouri State at the Pavilion beginning at 3:00 p.m. CST. The Redhawks are 2-1 on the season, and will play in CBE Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., over the next three days. The Flames will wrap up the month of November by traveling to in-state rival Northern Illinois on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Leaders of the Pack
Heading into the 2012-13 campaign, senior guards Gary Talton and Daniel Barnesrepresented the highest scoring returning backcourt in the Horizon League. Talton averaged 11.6 points per game last season, while Barnes scored 10.4 points per contest. Early on this season, the tandem is combining to average 22.0 points per game, representing the Flames' second (Talton; 12.7 ppg) and third (Barnes; 9.3 ppg) leading scorers.
New Kids on the Block
• UIC has nine new players on the 2012-13 roster, including five freshmen (two walk-ons), two sophomores and two seniors.
• Three of the newcomers have Division I experience: Josh Crittle (UCF), Joey Miller (Eastern Illinois) and Kelsey Barlow (Purdue). Barlow will sit out the entire 2012-13 season satisfying NCAA transfer rules. Crittle and Miller were both given immediate eligibility with the Flames.
• Matt Gorski, Gabe Snider and Jake Wiegand are true freshmen, as are walk-ons Ngijol Songolo and Austin Angel.
• Joey Miller and Jay Parker are sophomore eligible.
• Head coach Howard Moore's2012-13 class was ranked at the "Head of the Class" by USA Today in the publication's season preview and "Rating the Recruiting" section.
This Week in the Horizon League
Monday, Nov. 19
• Youngstown State vs. North Dakota State (Legends Classic), 3:30 p.m. CST
• UIC vs. Iona (Paradise Jam), 4:00 p.m. CST
• Cleveland State vs. Alabama-Huntsville (NIT Consolation), 4:00 p.m. CST
• Milwaukee at Arkansas-Little Rock (Hoops for Hope Classic), 7:00 p.m. CST
Tuesday, Nov. 20
• Youngstown State vs. James Madison (Legends Classic), 3:30 p.m. CST
• Cleveland State at Robert Morris (Preseason NIT Consolation), 6:30 p.m. CST
• Green Bay at Idaho, 9:05 p.m. CST
Wednesday, Nov. 21
• Youngstown State at Duquesne (Legends Classic), 6:00 p.m. CST
• Wright State vs. Central Michigan (Utah Tournament), 6:00 p.m. CST
Friday, Nov. 23
• Chicago State at Valparaiso (Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic), 7:05 p.m. CST
• Wright State vs. Idaho State (Utah Tournament), 8:00 p.m. CST
Saturday, Nov. 24
• Bethune-Cookman/Nebraska-Omaha vs. Valparaiso (Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic), TBA
• Wright State at Utah, TBA
• Detroit at Miami, 1:00 p.m. CST
• Southeast Missouri at UIC, 3:00 p.m. CST
• Loyola at Northern Illinois, 3:00 p.m. CST
• Milwaukee vs. Jacksonville (Hoops for Hope Classic), 3:30 p.m.
• North Dakota State at Green Bay, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 25
• Milwaukee vs. Rider (Hoops for Hope Classic), 3:30 p.m. CST
UIC Basketball Inks McGuire, Whitaker in Early Signing Period
During the first week of the early signing period, head men's basketball coach Howard Moore announced the official signings of Elkhart (Ind.) Memorial combo guard Markese McGuire (6-3, 200), along with Lance Whitaker (6-4, 195), a wing from Bartlett High School. UIC will have one more scholarship remaining in the 2013-14 class.