Flames Climb to No. 16 in Latest College Insider Mid-Major Top-25

Senior guard Daniel Barnes
Senior guard Daniel Barnes

Dec. 10, 2012

CHICAGO - After extending its winning streak to seven games with a pair of non-conference wins at the Pavilion last week, the UIC men's basketball team jumped from No. 22 to No. 16 in Monday's Mid-Major Top-25 poll. The weekly poll is voted on by 30 Division I head coaches across the country.

The Flames (8-1) dominated Roosevelt 81-43 last Wednesday, and defeated 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Colorado State, 64-55, at the Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. The win over the Rams gave UIC its first seven-game winning streak since the 1997-98 NCAA Tournament season.

UIC enters this week's slate of games ranked fifth in the nation in scoring defense (52.0 ppg), eighth in defensive field goal percentage (.353) and fourth in turnovers per game (9.8). The Flames' ratings percentage index (RPI) has climbed all the way to No. 31, according to

The Flames collected 296 total points in the poll, and jumped the aforementioned six spots in the poll, the biggest improvement among all 25 ranked teams. Valparaiso, the only other Horizon League team represented in the Mid-Major Top-25, moved from No. 18 to 20th overall.

UIC will wrap up its homestand this Saturday, when the Flames host Eastern Michigan at the Pavilion beginning at 1:00 p.m. CST. The Eagles (6-2) are coming off a 47-44 upset win over Purdue in Ypsilanti, Mich., last Saturday, and collected 20 votes in Monday's Mid-Major Top-25.