Nov. 26, 2013
UIC Game Notes
The UIC men’s basketball team (2-3) advanced in the winner’s bracket of the Gulf Coast Showcase with a 74-70 win over San Diego on Monday afternoon. The Flames will square off against Louisiana Tech (3-1) on Tuesday with tip-off scheduled for 5 p.m. CT. The Bulldogs advanced by downing UNC-Greensboro by a final score of 99-62 in first round action. Winner of Tuesday’s matchup will meet the victor of St. Bonaventure and Wagner in the Championship contest set for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. CT. The third-place tilt is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday.
Last Time Out
The Flames knocked off undefeated San Diego by a final of 74-70 in first round action at the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase on Monday afternoon. Four UIC players scored in double figures as senior Kelsey Barlow led the way with a career-high 17 points. Sophomore Jake Wiegand collected his first collegiate double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, both career-bests. Senior March Brown and sophomore Gabe Snider chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively. The score changed hands 12 times and tied up on 12 occasions, but UIC took control with a 7-0 run in the midway through the second half and converted foul shots down the stretch.
Scouting The Bulldogs
Louisiana Tech returns 11 letterwinners from a 2012-13 squad that finished 27-7 and claimed a share of the WAC regular season title. Now in Conference USA, the Bulldogs are off to a fast start this season, scoring more than 92 points per contest with five separate players averaging in double figures. Louisiana Tech advanced in the winner’s bracket after trouncing first-round foe UNC-Greensboro by a final of 99-62. The Bulldogs employ a high-pressure defense that forces opponents into an average of nearly 18 turnovers per outing. Junior Michale Kyser leads the country in blocked shots with 20 through four games already this year.
Barlow Fills It Up
Senior Kelsey Barlow netted a career-high 17 points against San Diego in the first round of the Gulf Coast Showcase. Barlow converted 10-of-13 from the charity stripe and recorded his fifth-straight game with 10 or more points. His previous career-best was 14 points that he notched on four separate occasions during his three-year stint at Purdue. His 12.2 points per game average ranks second on the team and 16th in the Horizon League.
Double-Double for Wiegand
Sophomore Jake Wiegand collected his first collegiate double-double with a career-high 11 points and 10 rebounds against San Diego on Monday. It was the second consecutive double-double performance for UIC as senior Jordan Harks totaled 13 points and 11 boards versus Northwestern on Nov. 20. Wiegand had a stellar second half against the Toreros, scoring all 11 points and grabbing eight caroms, while shooting 5-of-7 from the floor.
Strength of Schedule
All of UIC’s six opponents (including Louisiana Tech) so far this season own a record of .500 or better with a combined mark of 24-9. Awaiting the Flames upon their return home from Florida will be 4-1 SMU with December trips scheduled to 3-2 SEMO, 3-4 Loyola and 4-2 Colorado State. UIC will cap off their non-league campaign on Dec. 28 against Illinois (5-0) at the United Center in Chicago.
What Can Brown Do For You?
Junior Marc Brown started the 2013-14 season on a torrid scoring streak as he netted three straight 20-point efforts, becoming the first UIC player with a trio of 20-point games since Robo Krebs during the 2010-11 season. The Dallas native entered the season with just one 20-point effort in his career and kicked off the year with 20 points versus Drake on Nov. 9. He followed that up with a career-high 25 points against Roosevelt on Nov. 13 and poured in 20 versus Eastern Illinois. Brown is one of just five Horizon League players with three 20-point outings so far this season and ranks sixth in scoring with a 17.0 points per game average.
Barlow With The Dish
Senior Purdue transfer Kelsey Barlow continues to lead the Horizon League in assists with an average of 5.2 helpers per game. He has led UIC in assists in all five games so far this season, dishing out a career-high seven assists in the opener versus Drake and then again against Eastern Illinois. Barlow also ranks third in the league with a 2.4 assists-to-turnover ratio (26 assists, 11 turnovers).
Green Light For Gabe
Sophomore Gabe Snider scored a career-high 11 points against San Diego on Monday, hitting three of his four three-point attempts and going 4-of-5 from the field. Snider paces the Flames from behind the arc with a shooting clip of 47.4 percent, which ranks fifth in the Horizon League. The Chicago native is averaging more than 20 minutes per outing after playing a mere 55 total minutes last season.