Men's Basketball Set to Host Central Michigan in Pre-Thanksgiving Tilt
Nov. 23, 2010
Moore joined the Badgers staff in 2005 and helped lead them to the NCAA Tournament in each of his five seasons in Madison. The team advanced past the first round of the Big Dance in each of the last four seasons and produced a memorable Sweet 16 run in 2008.
With Moore on the bench, Wisconsin posted three of the top five winningest seasons in school history, including a historic 2007-08 campaign that saw the Badgers win a school-record 31 games en route to Big Ten regular season and tournament championships.
Under Ryan's tutelage Moore established himself as one of the top recruiters in the Big Ten by utilizing the Chicagoland area as a main pipeline for talent.
Central Michigan: Central Michigan is mentored by fifth-year head coach Ernie Zeigler. Zeigler's 54 wins in his first four seasons were the third-most of any coach since CMU joined the Division I ranks and his 34 MAC wins also ranked second-most over that same stretch. The Chippewas have reached the MAC Tournament quarterfinals in each of his four seasons, and recorded back-to-back MAC-West titles.
SCOUTING THE FLAMES
Senior guard Robo Kreps is leading the Flames offensively, scoring 100 points (20.0 ppg) just five games into the season -- he has also dished out a team-high 17 assists in his first full season running the point. Senior forward Paul Carter, in his first season in a UIC uniform, is averaging 17.0 points per game, while also leading the Flames in rebounding with 6.8 caroms per contest.
Junior guard Zavion Neely, who scored 12.2 points per game as a sophomore last season, is scoring 8.2 points per contest early this season.
The Flames currently rank second in the Horizon League in three-point percentage (.351), and are third overall in assists per game (14.0). UIC is averaging 69.0 points per game, and allowing its opponents to score 69.6 points per contest.
SCOUTING THE CHIPPEWAS
CMU, a member of the Mid-American Conference West Division, is being led offensively by freshman Trey Zeigler (19.3 ppg/6.8 rpg), the son of head coach Ernie Zeigler. A four-star recruit coming out of high school, Zeigler chose CMU over the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona State and UCLA.
Jalin Thomas has also gotten off to a solid start offensively, averaging 14.3 points per game to go along with 4.3 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Amir Rashid has dished out a team-high 10 assists. The Chippewas are averaging 66.5 points per game, and giving up 69.8 points to their opponents.
SOLID WEEKEND IN TOLEDO
Friday's win was UIC's fourth-straight over Toledo (dating back to the 2007-08 season), and matched the Flames' entire road win total from last season. Sunday's victory over the Rams marked UIC's 450th NCAA Division I victory.
BRINGIN' HOME THE HARDWARE
Kreps averaged 24.3 points per game on an impressive 60 percent (.595) clip from the field - he also dished out a total of 11 assists (3.7 apg), ripped down 5.0 rebounds per contest and shot 90.5 percent (19-21) from the free throw line. Carter averaged 18.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on a 46 percent (.458) effort from the floor.
KREPS NAMED HORIZON LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
In four games, Kreps averaged 23.3 points per game on a 57.1 percent clip from the field, including a near 55 percent (.542) mark from three-point range. He also dished out 4.0 assists per game, corralled 20 rebounds (5.0 rpg), and recorded a 1.6 assist/turnover ratio. Kreps played an average of 36.5 minutes per contest.
CHARGING TO VICTORY
THE DEVELOPMENT CONTINUES
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
THE NEWEST FLAMES
Moore announced the newest additions to his 2011-12 team last Thursday, a five-player class that covers all five positions on the court. Chicago Public League (CPL) players Jerome Brown (6-4, SG, Morgan Park H.S.), Ahman Fells (6-5, G/F, Simeon) and Greg Travis (6-0, PG, Curie) all officially joined the program, along with 6-foot-5 shooting guard Marc Brown, out of Dallas, and Will Simonton, a 6-11 center from Fishburne Military Academy in Virginia.
Carter is a versatile 6-8, 203-pound forward who played a key role as the Sixth Man for Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith the past two seasons, helping the Golden Gophers reach a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. With the Golden Gophers, Carter scored more than 300 points and corralled over 200 rebounds.
Carter transferred to UIC with one year of eligibility remaining to be near his sister, Bria, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, last winter. Since Carter joined the Flames, Bria has completed chemotherapy, received a temporary prosthetic leg after amputation, and is planning to begin her high school career at King High School in Chicago next semester.
Carter comes from a strong sports family. Ron Carter, Paul's father, was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1978, and his older brother, Ron III, was an All-American triple jumper at California State-Long Beach.
KREPS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE
As a junior last season, Robo Kreps set career highs in points (456), rebounds (116), assists (64), steals (42), field goals (142), three-pointers (56), free throws made (116) and minutes played (1,070). He made two game-winning baskets, scored a career-high 31 points against Detroit (12/31/09) and averaged 22.0 points per game in UIC's final four games.