Dec. 22, 2013
The UIC men’s basketball team (5-7) will cap off its west coast road swing with a matchup against Colorado State (7-4) on Monday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. CT. The Flames dropped a nail-bitter in their most recent outing against UC-Riverside by a final of 57-56, while the Rams will play its first game in 12 days after losing to Denver at home, 80-70. UIC defeated Colorado State, 64-55, last season in Chicago on Dec. 8, 2012, their first-ever meeting.
Last Time Out
UIC dropped a heartbreaker in its most recent outing at UC-Riverside this past Friday by a final of 57-56. After finding themselves in a 10-point hole in the early minutes of the second half, the Flames executed a 14-3 run to take the lead with 12:06 to play. UIC held strong until the 3:09 mark when UCR regained the lead and score would stay deadlocked for the next three minutes. That’s when senior Kelsey Barlow sank a runner with 9.1 seconds left to give UIC the one-point go-ahead. The Highlanders answered back with a contested layup as 2.6 ticks remained giving Barlow a last-chance half-court shot attempt that rattled in and out. Barlow finished with a game-high 17 points, while sophomore Jake Wiegand notched 10 points and nine rebounds.
Scouting The Rams
Colorado State will host its eighth straight home game on Monday in part of 10 consecutive scheduled games for the Rams inside Moby Arena. CSU is piloted by a trio of players who average double-figures in J.J. Avila (19.2), Daniel Bejarano (13.7) and Jon Octeus (12.8). Before losing two of their last three games, the Rams rode a four-game win streak that took place in an eight-day span. CSU has been highly efficient on offense this season as they tout the second-lowest turnover rate in the nation, averaging just nine miscues per game. The Rams also average more than 24 made free throw per contest, which ranks third in the NCAA, and force opponent into more than 24 personal fouls per outing.
Barlow Named Horizon League Player of the Week
Senior Kelsey Barlow was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for the period of Dec. 9-15 for his near triple-double performance against SEMO on Dec. 14. Barlow guided the Flames to victory and posted his first collegiate double-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. His rebounding and assist totals serve and career-highs and new team-season bests. This marks the first career weekly conference accolade for Barlow and UIC’s first Horizon League honor of the 2013-14 season.
In a League of His Own
Senior Kelsey Barlow is having one of the best performances in the Horizon League this season as he paces UIC in nearly all statistical categories. Barlow is the lone player in the conference to average 16 points, five rebounds and four assists or more per game. His 38 points against Wagner on Nov. 27 is the second highest single-game point total in the Horizon League this season and the most by a UIC player since Feb. of 2005.
Harks Working Double Time
Senior Jordan Harks recorded his third straight double-digit scoring output of the season on Friday against UC-Riverside with 10 points in just 22 minutes of action. Harks recorded his second double-double of the year versus Purdue Calumet and was nearly perfect form the field, hitting seven of his eight attempts. In his last three games, Harks is averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest. He also ranks third in the Horizon League with a field goal shooting mark of 60.9 percent.