Nov. 19, 2013
UIC Game Notes
The UIC men’s basketball team will host its fourth consecutive home game on Wednesday night as they welcome Big Ten-foe Northwestern to the UIC Pavilion. The Wildcats enter the mid-week matchup with a 1-2 record after dropping their most recent outing against Illinois State this past Sunday, 68-64. Northwestern is led by senior Drew Crawford who averages 17.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. UIC also holds a 1-2 record and is paced by junior Marc Brown who leads the Horizon League in scoring with a 21.7 points per game average.
Last Time Out
The Flames dropped its most recent outing against Eastern Illinois this past Saturday by a final score of 86-66. UIC nearly erased a 17-point deficit to pull within six in the second half, but impressive three-point shooting by the Panthers (9-of-14 for 64.3%) kept the Flames out of reach. Junior Marc Brown led UIC in scoring with 20 points and was joined in double figures by seniors Jordan Harks (13) and Kelsey Barlow (12).
Scouting the Wildcats
Northwestern carries a record of 1-2 after falling in its previous two outings against Stanford (71-58) and Illinois State (68-64). The Wildcats are paced by senior Drew Crawford as he averages 17.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and stands as the Big Ten’s career active scoring leader. Junior JerShon Cobb joins Crawford in double figures with a 15.7 points per game average. The ‘Cats are piloted by first-year head coach Chris Collins who spent the previous 13 seasons on the Duke sidelines and the past five years as Associate Head Coach.
Wednesday’s contest will be the eighth all-time meeting between UIC and Northwestern as the Flames have won the previous four matchups against the Wildcats. The most recent gathering between the two programs was last season on Dec. 1, 2012, when the Flames defeated Northwestern by a final of 50-44 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. UIC also holds a +3.6 all-time margin of victory versus the Wildcats in their seven-game series history. The Flames are 1-1 when playing the ‘Cats at home and 1-0 in the UIC Pavilion.
Brown Continues 20-Point Scoring Streak
Junior Marc Brown continues his torrid scoring streak as he netted a team-high 20 points against Eastern Illinois this past Saturday, beginning the season with three straight games of 20 or more. Brown is the lone Horizon League player to reach the 20-point benchmark in every game so far this season and paces the conference in scoring with 21.7 points per game. He is also the first UIC player to post three straight 20-point outings since Robo Kreps during the 2010-11 season. The Dallas native entered the season with just one 20-point effort in his career and kicked off the 2013-14 campaign with 20 points versus Drake on Nov. 9. He followed that up with a career-high 25 points against Roosevelt on Nov. 13.
Barlow with the Dish
Senior Purdue transfer Kelsey Barlow dished out seven assists on Saturday versus EIU, equaling a career-high and recording his third-straight game with five or more helpers. Barlow leads the Horizon league in assists with a per game average of 6.3. Barlow began his Flames’ career with a seven-assist effort against Drake on Nov. 9.
Harks Heating Up
Senior Jordan Harks had his best game as Flame last Saturday with 13 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes of play versus Eastern Illinois. He led the team with three offensive boards and shot 6-of-10 from the field. The 6-foot-8 transfer from Central Arkansas saw his first significant game action against the Panthers as he only combined for 16 minutes in the previous two outings. During his two seasons at UCA, Harks averaged 7.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while shooting nearly 53 percent from the floor.
Brown’s Second Act
Junior Marc Brown seems to dial in during the second half and he has the stat line to prove it. Through three games this season, Brown has missed just one shot from inside the arc in the final period (13-of-14) and is averaging 13.3 points in the last stanza. He is also 4-of-7 (57.1%) from the outside and 10-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Humes, Cobb and Lumpkin Offseason Teammates
During this past summer, UIC’s Hayden Humes and Northwestern’s JerShon Cobb and Sanjay Lumpkin teamed up for the Global Sports Academy 2013 Good Will Tour. The trio along with seven other D-I players compiled a 5-0 record against international competition. The eight-day trip featured stops in Belgium, London, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Burges. UIC assistant Donnie Kirksey also participated in the tour to help coach the squad.
Defending the rock
The 2013-14 Flames have been protecting the ball so far this season, averaging just 12.3 turnovers per game. UIC touts a turnover margin of +5.0 as they have committed less miscues than all three of their opponents to start the year. The Flames are averaging nearly 17 points per game off of turnovers with a season-high 24 versus Roosevelt on Nov. 13.