Dec. 28, 2011
► UIC will look to capture its fourth-straight home win Thursday, when the Flames host Detroit in their Horizon League home opener at the UIC Pavilion. UIC is coming off a 64-57 loss at Dayton last Friday (12/23/11), while the Titans defeated visiting Alabama State, 80-56, on December 22.
► Both UIC and Detroit are 0-2 in Horizon League play heading into this week's slate of games. The Flames dropped a pair of one-possession decisions at Green Bay (12/1/11) and Milwaukee (12/3/11) at the outset of League play, while Detroit dropped back-to-back home decisions against Youngstown State (12/1/11) and Cleveland State (12/3/11).
► UIC is 4-1 at the UIC Pavilion this season, and has won three-straight home games. Eight-of UIC's 11 victories over the past two seasons have taken place at the Pavilion.
► Thursday's match-up against Detroit kicks off a 16-game remaining Horizon League slate for both teams. The Flames will play nine Horizon League home games, along with seven road contests, over the next two months.
► NEXT UP: UIC will wrap up its two-game homestand on New Years Eve Day (12/31/11), when the Flames host Wright State at the Pavilion beginning at 1 p.m. CST.
UIC: Howard Moore(Wisconsin, '95) is in his second season as the head coach at UIC, where he has compiled an 11-32 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).
Detroit: Ray McCallum is in his fourth season as the mentor at Detroit. He also served head coaching stints at Houston (2000-04) and Ball State (1993-2000). Ten of McCallum's 14 seasons as a head coach have resulted in at least 16 wins. He picked-up career win No. 200 last season against Bowling Green.
» Detroit was picked to finish second in the preseason Horizon League poll -- the Titans collected 19 first-place votes.
» The Titans were the Horizon League's lone team to have three players named to the respective preseason All-League Teams. Ray McCallum was named preseason Player of the Year, while Eli Holman and Chase Simon were each recognized as preseason First-Team selections.
» Detroit has four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Chase Simon's 15.7 points per game. Ray McCallum is scoring 15.1 points per contest, while Eli Holman and Doug Anderson have chipped in 12.1 and 10.5 points, respectively.
» The Titans are 0-4 on the road this season, including a 62-54 loss at Alabama on December 11.
SCOUTING THE FLAMES
UIC will be playing its third-of-four home games during the month of December ... The Flames defeated Western Illinois, 57-56, in their last contest at the UIC Pavilion (12/19/11) ... UIC is 4-1 at home this season ... UIC is averaging 63.2 points per game, and scoring 63.6 points per home game, and are allowing its opponents to score just 58.6 points per game at the Pavilion ... Junior guard Daniel Barnes ranks 12th in the Horizon League in scoring (12.1 ppg), while ranking fourth in steals (1.6 spg) and second in three-point field goals made per game (2.3) ... Senior center Darrin Williams is scoring 10.3 points per contest, while leading the Flames in rebounding (6.8 rpg) -- he also ranks second in the Horizon League in field goal percentage, converting at a 59.5 percent clip ... Sophomore transfer Hayden Humes ranks second in the Horizon League in 3-point field goal percentage (.483) ... The Flames continue to lead the Horizon League in rebounding margin (+4.5), and have out-rebounded nine-of their 12 opponents this season ... In League games, UIC leads the field in three-point percentage (.364), while freshman point guard Greg Travispaces the League in assist/turnover ratio, dishing out eight assists versus just one turnover against Green Bay (12/1/11) and Milwaukee (12/3/11).
FLAMES FALL SHORT AT DAYTON, 64-57
DAYTON, Ohio - Junior guard Daniel Barnesscored a game-high 17 points to lead three Flames in double figures, but host Dayton tallied a 64-57, come-from-behind victory over UIC at UD Arena last Friday.
After two free throws by Barnes with 31 seconds remaining, UIC trailed by just one possession (59-57). He then missed a potential game-tying three-pointer with the Flames trailing by three (60-57) with only 22 seconds left, and Dayton completed the comeback from the free throw line.
POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: The Flames dished out a season-high 16 assists ... UIC shot 53.8 percent from the field in the first half, its second-highest output in a single half this season ... The Flyers held a 37-36 edge on the boards, just the third time this season UIC has been out-rebounded ... For the fourth time in the past five games, UIC had three-of its starters (Daniel Barnes; 17 points, Darrin Williams; 14, Gary Talton; 11) score in double figures ... UIC built a game-high nine-point (26-17) lead with 6:01 remaining in the first half, and led for 17:18 in the opening frame, including a 32-29 advantage at halftime ... The Flyers opened the second half on an 11-0 run, claiming a 41-32 lead with 15:36 remaining ... UIC re-gained the lead (46-45) with 10:06 left after a three-pointer by Barnes, who hit three three-pointers, and dished out a career-high five assists versus just one turnover in a game-high 37 minutes ... Williams pulled down eight rebounds to go along with his 14 points, while Talton dished out a career-best seven assists ... There were a combined eight ties and lead changes in the game.
BACK ON THE HORIZON
UIC resumes its 11th season of Horizon League play against Detroit Thursday. The Flames have compiled a record of 76-94 (.447) in league games over that span, and achieved a winning record in both the 2002-03 (12-4) and 2003-04 (12-4) seasons. UIC's best regular season Horizon League finish was in 2003-04, when the Flames finished second, just one game behind first-place Milwaukee. The Flames went on to capture the 2004 Horizon League Tournament Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament. UIC will look to break a three-year streak of losing records in Horizon League play this season. Prior to becoming a full-time member of the Horizon League, UIC served membership stints in the MCC (1994-2001) and Mid-Continent Conference (1982-94).
BARNES DISPLAYING SCORING PUNCH
Junior guard Daniel Barnes, who earned an extra year of eligibility after sitting out last season as a medical redshirt, has emerged as one of the most explosive scorers in the Horizon League. The co-captain from Oak Park, Ill., is averaging 19.6 points over the past three contests, and has tallied eight total double-digit scoring outputs. Barnes, who has led UIC in scoring in each of the past four contests, has also drilled a Horizon League second-best 28 three-pointers (2.3 per game). He has made three or more triples in five games this season.
WILLIAMS CONTROLLING THE POST
Over the past three games, senior center Darrin Williamsis averaging 13.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 65.4 percent (17-of-26) from the field. Williams, who ranks second in the Horizon League in field goal percentage (.595) on the season, enters Thursday's contest versus Detroit averaging 10.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
TALTON IN HORIZON LEAGUE GAMES
Junior point guard Gary Talton, a transfer from Mountain View Community College in Texas, didn't take long to get acclimated to Horizon League play at the outset of the League season in early December. Talton scored a then career-high 14 points in the League opener at Green Bay (12/1/11), and followed up that performance with a game-and career-best 18 points in a two-point (73-71) overtime setback at Milwaukee (12/3/11).
POINTS IN THE PAINT
UIC has scored 20 or more points in the paint in 11 games this season, including three contests with at least 30 points. Overall, the Flames have scored 312 points in the paint on the season, accounting for more than 41 percent (.411) of their offensive output.
FLAMES IN SINGLE-POSSESSION DECISIONS
UIC's men's basketball team has seen no shortage of nail biters this season, playing a total of six games decided by five points or less. UIC is just 2-4 in those contests, but had a chance to either tie or win the game with a last-second shot in road games at Green Bay (12/1/11), Milwaukee (12/3/11) and CMU (12/16/11). Additionally, the Flames have held second-half leads in six-of their eight losses this season.