Dec. 4, 2012
UIC vs. Roosevelt Game NotesGame #8: UIC Flames (6-1) vs. Roosevelt Lakers (7-3/5-3 CCAC)
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 UIC Pavilion (Chicago, Ill.) 7:00 p.m.
Webcast (Audio/Video): UICFlames.com/Horizon League Network (HorizonLeague.org)
HLN Talent: Justin Weiner/Kenny Williams
UIC Head Coach: Howard Moore
Record at UIC/Overall as Head Coach: 21-47 (3rd season)
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#4 Gary Talton PG
UIC's second-leading scorer, and leads the Flames in assists (31) and steals (12). Ranks 31st in the nation in assist/turnover ratio (3.1) and leads the Horizon League in the category. Member of the 2012 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team after scoring 13.2 ppg in League play.
#1 Daniel Barnes SG
Has made a team-high 17 three-point field goals this season, an average of 2.4 threes per game. From the shooting guard position, is averaging 5.3 rebounds per game. Scored 10 points and corralled six rebounds at Northwestern. Scored a team second-best 10.4 points per game last season.
#10 Marc Brown SF/W
Has played 30-plus minutes in each of the past four games. The Flames' best perimeter defender. Shooting 85.7 percent (18-21) from the free throw line. Chipped in seven points and pulled down five boards at Northwestern while drawing the defensive assignment on Drew Crawford. Scored exactly 200 points in freshman season, starting 27 contests.
#13 Hayden Humes PF
UIC's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. Shooting 49.3 percent (34-69) from the field and 46.7 percent (14-30) from three. Dating back to the 2011-12 campaign, has posted double-digit scoring outputs in 13-of the last 17 games, including five times this season.
#34 Josh Crittle C
Named the Horizon League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. The Flames' leading rebounder. Scored a team-high 13 points and corralled nine rebounds at Northwestern. Averaging 29.1 mpg this season after playing an average of just 14.1 mpg in his previous three seasons of Division I basketball. Transferred to UIC from UCF in September.
UIC owns 4-0 all-time series lead over Roosevelt - the Flames and Lakers will be meeting for the third-straight season. Prior to the 2010-11 campaign, Roosevelt was a dormant program for the previous 20 years. The Lakers are now competing at the NAIA level as members of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). UIC recorded a 59-42 win over Roosevelt at the Pavilion last season (11/16/11) behind Darrin Williams' 18 points.
Setting the Scene
It's The Loop versus the Near West Side Wednesday, when Roosevelt University invades the Pavilion to take on UIC (6-1) beginning at 7:00 p.m. CST. The Flames, who are 2-0 at home this season, will be seeking their sixth-straight win.
Senior center Josh Crittle has posted four-consecutive double-digit scoring outputs, and is shooting nearly 46 percent (.459) from the field during that stretch. Over the past three games, Crittle is averaging 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per contest.
Senior guard Daniel Barnes has scored in double figures in each of the past four games, and is averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds during that stretch.
Senior point guard Gary Talton has handed out at least four assists in four games, and has dished out at three or more helpers six-of-seven contests.
Talton scored eight points at Northwestern, breaking his seven-game streak of scoring in double figures. Dating back to last season, Talton has tallied double-digit scoring outputs in 12-of the last 14 contests.
Junior forward Hayden Humes has tallied double-digit scoring outputs in five-of UIC's seven games this season. He has also converted at least two three-pointers in five games.
Sophomore wing Marc Brown has played at least 30 minutes in each of the past four games, including a career-high 38 minutes last Saturday at Northwestern. Prior to the stretch, Brown was averaging just 24.0 mpg. He is also pulling down an average of 4.3 rebounds per game over the past three contests.
Sophomore center Will Simonton had his career-long six-game scoring streak come to an end at Northwestern last Saturday. The 6-foot-10 native of Vienna, Va., has served as UIC's sixth man this season, averaging 12.3 minutes per game off the bench.
TRENDS DURING UIC'S CURRENT FIVE-GAME WINNING STREAK
Humes (13.0 ppg), Talton (12.6), Crittle (11.4) and Barnes (11.2) are all averaging double figures in scoring.
UIC is averaging 62.4 points per game, and giving up just 50.4 points per contest, a scoring margin of +12.0.
The Flames have swiped 36 total steals (7.2 spg) over the five games, while their opponents have recorded just 17 steals. UIC has also committed 21 less turnovers (50) than its opponents (71) during the stretch.
UIC has made 95 trips to the free throw line over the five games, compared to just 67 attempts for its opponents. The Flames have also averaged six more makes (14.4) from the charity stripe than their opposition (8.4).
2012-13 Season Snapshot
Junior forward Hayden Humes leads the Flames in scoring, averaging 13.0 points per game. He is also shooting a team-best 49.3 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three-point range.
Senior center Josh Crittle is the Flames' leading rebounder, averaging 6.0 boards per game.
Senior point guard Gary Talton leads UIC in both assists (31) and steals (12). Talton enters Wednesday's game ranked first in the Horizon League in assist/turnover ratio (3.1).
Humes (13.0 ppg; 10th), Talton (12.4; 14th) and Crittle (11.4; 14th) all rank in the Horizon League's top-20 in scoring.
UIC returns four starters from the 2011-12 team, including four-of its top five scorers. Overall, the Flames bring back 65 percent of their scoring from last season.
During the 2012-13 season, UIC will play at least 14 games this season against teams that made appearances in the 2012 postseason, including four NCAA Tournament foes.
UIC vs. Northwestern Recap
Seniors Josh Crittle and Daniel Barnes combined for 23 points and 15 rebounds, and UIC men's basketball team held Northwestern to just 34.9 percent shooting, leading to a 50-44 win over the Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan Arena last Saturday. The Flames extended their winning streak to five games, and improved to 6-1 on the season for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign.
The win marked UIC's fourth-straight triumph over Northwestern, dating back to the 2002-03 season. The Flames also improved to 2-0 versus Big Ten Conference foes under third-year head coach Howard Moore. UIC defeated in-state rival Illinois at the United Center, 57-54, on Dec. 18, 2010.
Crittle scored a team-high 13 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, while Barnes scored 10 points on four field goals, and corralled six boards. Junior forward Hayden Humes and senior point guard Gary Talton also chipped in with eight points each. Northwestern was led by Drew Crawford, who scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
There were a combined 20 ties and lead changes in the game. UIC out-scored the Wildcats 24-20 in the paint, 14-4 off turnovers and 15-3 on second chance points. The Flames forced Northwestern into 16 turnovers and swiped nine total steals. UIC has now held five opponents under 35 percent shooting from the field, and four foes to less than 50 total points.
Flames Ranked No. 22 in College Insider Mid-Major Top-25
After earning a pair of road wins over non-conference foes Northern Illinois and Northwestern last week, the UIC men's basketball team cracked the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll, released on Monday afternoon. The Flames are ranked No. 22 in the weekly poll, which is voted on by 30 Division I head coaches across the country.
UIC is one of only two Horizon League teams to be ranked in the poll - preseason favorite Valparaiso is currently ranked 18th.
The Mid-Major Poll is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, WAC and West Coast.
Crittle Receives Weekly Recognition from College Sports Madness
Senior center Josh Crittle was named the CollegeSportsMadness.com Horizon League Player of the Week on Monday. The Bellwood, Ill., native posted back-to-back double-digit scoring outputs, and filled the stat sheet in nearly every other offensive and defensive category in leading UIC to a pair of non-conference road wins over Chicagoland foes Northern Illinois and Northwestern.
Against NIU, Crittle scored 10 points, pulled down six rebounds and dished out five assists against zero turnovers in 27 minutes. He also recorded one block and swiped one steal.
In the Flames' 50-44 win at Northwestern, Crittle scored a team-high 13 points on five field goals, corralled a game-high nine rebounds, handed out four assists and tallied four steals in 35 minutes. He was also a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line.
On the Fast Track
The Flames are 6-1 on the season for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign. If UIC defeats Roosevelt University on Wednesday night, it would move to 7-1 for the first time since 1997-98. That year, the Flames jumped out of the gate with a 10-1 record and eventually advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
Climbing to the Top (Of the Nation)
In the Dec. 1 version of the NCAA statistics, UIC ranked fifth in the nation in scoring defense (52.9 ppg), 19th in defensive three-point field goal percentage (.254) and ninth in the country in turnovers per game (10.1). The Flames have turned the ball over on just 16 percent of their possessions this season.
UIC has held five opponents under 35 percent shooting from the field, and four foes to less than 50 total points this season. The Flames' opponents are shooting just 36.6 percent from the floor through six games, and have been forced into an average of 14.3 turnovers per contest.
UIC has also held each of its last three opponents under 35 percent shooting from the field and below the 50-point plateau. Additionally, the Flames have limited five opponents to less than 20 field goals. UIC's current scoring defense of 52.9 points per game would represent the program's lowest average during the Division I era. In the 2003-04 season, the Flames surrendured just 63.0 points per game en route to an NCAA Tournament berth.
Running the Show
Senior point guard Gary Talton has tallied his 27 career double-digit scoring outputs, including six this season, but his efficiency in running the offense has been even more impressive. Talton has dished out 31 assists against just 10 turnovers, a Horizon League-best assist/turnover ratio of 3.1. For his two-year career, Talton has produced a 1.4 assist/turnover ratio, with 130 assists versus 92 turnovers.
All About Balance
The Flames may have found the recipe that will help them turn the corner this season: offensive balance. In six-of its seven games, UIC has seen at least three players score in double figures. Additionally, UIC has had four players post double-digit scoring outputs in three individual contests. The main staple has been senior point guard Gary Talton, who has posted six double-digit scoring outputs. Junior forward Hayden Humes and senior guard Daniel Barnes have each scored in double figures in five-of UIC's seven contests.
Guards on the Boards
UIC has also enjoyed balance in the rebounding category, particularly in the backcourt. Entering Wednesday's game against Roosevelt, five players are averaging at least 5.0 rebounds per game, including shooting guard Daniel Barnes (5.3 rpg), point guard Gary Talton (4.7) and 6-foot-4 wing Marc Brown (4.0).
Scouting the Lakers
Roosevelt has won five-straight games, and is 7-3 on the season, including a 5-3 record in conference play. The Lakers are being led offensively by Joe Harks, who is scoring a team-high 15.0 points per game. Jeremiah Jackson (11.9 ppg) and Tyree York (11.5) have also averaged double figures in scoring. Roosevelt averages more than 40 rebounds per game (40.7), and has out-rebounded its opponents by an average of 7.1 per contest. The Lakers are coming off a 71-65 overtime win over Olivet Nazarene Monday night.
UIC will continue its three-game homestand Saturday, when the Flames entertain Colorado State at the Pavilion beginning at 3:00 p.m. The Rams are an unblemished 6-0 on the season, including a 2-0 mark on the road. CSU, which is coached by Larry Eustachy, earned the No. 11 seed in the NCAA West Regional last season after winning 20 games (20-11) and garnering an at-large berth to the Big Dance.
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's 2012-13 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 (Weekday Games)
Wednesday, Dec. 5
Toledo at Detroit, 6:00 p.m. CST
Roosevelt at UIC, 7:00 p.m. CST
Buffalo at Milwaukee, 7:00 p.m. CST
IPFW at Valparaiso, 7:05 p.m. CST
Thursday, Dec. 6
Geneva at Youngstown State, 6:05 p.m. CST
Green Bay at Tennessee Tech, 7:30 p.m. CST