Dec. 15, 2011
|UIC (3-6) at Central Michigan (4-5)
||Friday, December 16, 2011
||6:00 p.m. CST (7:00 p.m. EST)
||Mount Pleasant, Mich. | McGuirk Arena
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► UIC will look to capture its first road win of the season Friday, when the Flames travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich., to take on Central Michigan at McGuirk Arena. The Flames are coming off a 95-53 loss at Oregon State on Tuesday, while the Chippewas dropped a 74-54 decision at Minnesota the same night.
► UIC and Central Michigan have gone head-to-head in each of the past five seasons, and the all-time series is tied, 4-4. The Flames' last road win at CMU took place during the 2007-08 season.
► Against Central Michigan, UIC will be playing its sixth true road game of the season, and the second in the past four days. After making the trip to-and-from Corvallis, Ore., and traveling to Mount Pleasant, Mich., to take on the Chippewas, UIC has played or practiced in three time zones since last Sunday.
► Behind Trey Zeigler's game-high 17 points, Central Michigan posted a 62-52 win over the Flames at the UIC Pavilion last November (11/24/10). The Chippewas led 28-21 at halftime, and after building a 16-point lead, held off a late rally by UIC to post their first road victory of the season.
► NEXT UP: UIC will return to the UIC Pavilion next Monday (Dec. 19), when the Flames host in-state foe Western Illinois in a non-conference affair beginning at 7:00 p.m. CST. The Leathernecks are 4-3 on the season, and coming off last Saturday's 64-48 win over visiting Eastern Illinois.
UIC: Howard Moore(Wisconsin, '95) is in his second season as the head coach at UIC, where he has compiled a 10-29 overall record. He spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping the Badgers to five-straight NCAA tournament berths. Moore, 38, also served assistant coaching stints at Loyola (2004-05), Ball State (2003-04) and Bradley (1999-2003).
Central Michigan: Ernie Zeigler, the father of CMU sophomore Trey Zeigler, is in his sixth season as the head coach at Central Michigan. In his first five seasons, the Chippewas won back-to-back MAC-West Division titles (2009 and 2010) and have finished third or better in the division every season.
Zeigler's 68 wins are the third-most of any coach through his first five-plus seasons in the history of the Central Michigan basketball program.
ABOUT CENTRAL MICHIGAN
» CMU ranks 11th nationally in field goal percentage defense, allowing the opponents to shoot just 37.7 percent. Only twice this season has CMU's opponent shot better than 40 percent.
» Sophomore Trey Zeigler is in the top-75 nationally in both scoring and rebounding. His 17.9 points per game rank 74th while his 7.6 rebounds are 82nd.
» CMU, which is in the middle of a stretch that sees the Chippewas play 10-of-11 games away from home, is playing its first contest at McGuirk Arena since Nov. 15. The Chippewas are 1-1 at home this season.
» After finishing third in the MAC-West Division last season, CMU was picked to finish third again this season by a MAC news media panel.
FLAMES FALL AT OREGON STATE, 95-53
CORVALLIS, Ore.- Host Oregon State raced out to a double-digit lead less than seven minutes into the game, and never looked back in a convincing 95-53 win over the UIC men's basketball team at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore., Tuesday night.
Junior guard Daniel Barnes and freshman point guard Greg Traviseach scored a game-high eight points for UIC. The Beavers were led by Roberto Nelson, who poured in a game-high 21 points to lead four Oregon State players in double figures.
The Beavers, who came into the game ranked fifth in the nation in steals per game, swiped 15 steals, and also held a 45-26 advantage on the boards. Oregon State out-scored the Flames 44-20 in the paint, 26-12 off turnovers, 16-0 on the fast break, and 44-26 through its bench.
POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: UIC shot a season-best 70 percent (14-20) from the free throw line, but recorded season-lows in points (53), field goals made (17), field goal percentage (.298) and rebounds (28) ... Oregon State tallied UIC opponent game-highs in points (95), made field goals (33), field goal percentage (.579), three-point field goals (8), three-point field goal percentage (.533), rebounds (45), assists (20), steals (15) and blocks (7) ... UIC did not tally a double-digit scorer for the first time this season ... The Flames were out-rebounded (45-26) for only the second time.
ATTACK ON THE MAC (WEST)
Against Central Michigan, UIC will be playing its fourth Mid-American Conference West Division opponent of the season. The Flames opened the campaign with a 67-58 loss at Eastern Michigan, and dropped an 82-67 decision at Toledo on Nov. 26. The Flames then defeated visiting Northern Illinois, 62-55, on Dec. 10. The only MAC-West squad that UIC is not scheduled to face this season is Western Michigan.
LAST SEASON AGAINST CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Seniors Robo Kreps and Paul Carterboth scored in double figures for the fifth-consecutive game, but the UIC men's basketball team shot just 32.7 percent from the field, and dropped a 62-52 decision versus Central Michigan at the UIC Pavilion on Nov. 24, 2010.
Kreps scored a team-high 14 points, and Carter added 10, but the Flames were out-scored 30-10 in the paint. Central Michigan was led by freshman Trey Zeigler's 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting - he was joined in double figures by Jalin Thomas (13) and William McClure (12).
UIC shot 33.3 percent in the first half and 32.3 percent in the second stanza. The Chippewas built a 28-21 lead at halftime, and after building a 16-point lead, held off a late rally by UIC to post the 10-point win, their first road victory of the season.
FREE THROW LINE TRIPS LEAD TO WINS
UIC attempted 28 free throws against visiting Northern Illinois (12/10/11), 12 more than the Huskies attempted (16). The Flames are now 3-0 on the season when attempting more freebies than their opponent.
Through the first nine games of the season, UIC has enjoyed a balanced scoring attack. Six players are averaging at least seven points per game, including three newcomers, and two freshmen. Junior guard Daniel Barnesenters Friday's game at Central Michigan as the Flames' top scorer, at 9.6 points per outing. Notably, UIC has seen six players lead the Flames in scoring, and five individuals pace the team in rebounding.
CONTROLLING THE GLASS
UIC enters Friday's game at Central Michigan as the Horizon League's leader in offensive rebounding (15.3), while ranking second in rebounding margin (+4.8). Seniors Darrin Williams (6.4 rpg; 7th) and Paris Carter (6.1 rpg; 9th), and sophomore Hayden Humes(6.0 rpg; t-10th), all rank in the top-10 of the Horizon League in rebounding. The Flames have out-rebounded seven-of their nine opponents this season.
HUMES FINDING HIS GROOVE
Sophomore transfer forward Hayden Humes, who has started the past four games, is off to a quick start in an unfamiliar category for his position: three-point distance. The Valparaiso, Ind., native is 11-of-20 from three-point range, a Horizon League-best 50.0 percent.
EMERGING FLOOR GENERAL
Junior point guard Gary Talton, a transfer from Mountain View (Texas) Community College, is beginning to emerge as the Flames' leader on the floor, and one of the top newcomers in the Horizon League. Talton, who has started the past four games, is averaging 11.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game over the last five contests. Talton led Mountain View to the NJCAA Division III National Championship last season, ranking in the top-five of the nation in assists per game.
PLENTY OF NEW FACES
The UIC men's basketball team will field the 16th youngest team in the NCAA Division I ranks during the 2011-12 season. Head coach Howard Moore and his staff have welcomed nine newcomers to the mix, including seven freshmen. Of UIC's six returning players, only Darrin Williams and Paris Carter saw action in 28 or more games last season. For a chart of the youngest teams in NCAA Division I basketball this season, see page 4.