Illinois-Chicago (15-10) at Loyola-Chicago (13-12)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gentile Arena (4,486) -- Chicago, Illinois. Television:
Horizon League Network, ESPN3, Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Home Record: UIC
9-2, Loyola 6-4. Away Record: UIC 4-7, Loyola 6-7. Neutral Record: UIC 2-1,
Loyola 1-1. Conference Record: UIC 6-6, Loyola 3-9. Series Record: Illinois-
Chicago leads, 31-19.
GAME NOTES: The Illinois-Chicago Flames will look to hand the Loyola-Chicago
Ramblers their fifth loss in a row when the Windy City rivals square off at
Gentile Arena in a Horizon League bout.
The Flames managed to clip Loyola, 61-59, on Jan. 16 in the first matchup
between these schools in 2012-13 on Jan. 16. UIC now holds a 31-19 all-time
series edge in the rivalry's history. Gary Talton provided the knockout punch
for the Flames in the first encounter this season with a game winning layup in
the closing seconds. Josh Crittle led UIC with 12 points and seven boards
while the Ramblers were paced by Christian Thomas and Ben Averkamp, who
tallied 16 and 14 points, respectively.
UIC now enters looking for the sweep with a 15-10 overall record and 6-6
league standing. The Flames survived a triple-overtime thriller at Youngstown
State on Sunday to snap a two-game slide with an 88-83 victory. In the win,
Talton finished with 23 points and nine assists, Crittle registered a double-
double of 18 points and 12 boards, and Daniel Barnes pumped in 20 points. The
Flames shot 42.9 percent from the field and converted 20-of-25 at the free-
throw line to overcome 17 turnovers and 21 personal fouls.
Talton is leading UIC with 13.4 points, 4.0 assists, and 1.6 steals per
contest, while Barnes (11.3), Crittle (10.4) and Hayden Humes (10.3) all own
double-digit scoring averages also. Despite placing four different players in
the double-figure scoring column, the Flames are second to last in the Horizon
League in scoring at 62.3 ppg.
The Ramblers return home after a fruitless three-game road swing that included
setbacks to Wright State (62-59), Youngstown State (60-59) and Milwaukee
(71-53). The loss to the Panthers was the fourth in a row and lowered Loyola
to a 13-12 record and second to last place standing in the Horizon League
race. The team has been without its senior leader Ben Averkamp for the past
two games with a concussion that may keep him out Saturday.
With Averkamp's 15.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game missing, Jordan Hicks
scored a team-best 12 points for Loyola against the Panthers. Nick Osborne and
Devon Turk chipped in 11 points apiece while Christian Thomas just missed a
double-double with 10 points and nine boards. Loyola is slightly ahead of UIC
in the scoring column with 62.6 ppg on 43.1 percent shooting from the floor.
Thomas averages 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per tilt, but none of the other
Ramblers are scoring in double figures. Turk, Cully Payne and Hicks will all
need to step up their play exponentially for Loyola if Averkamp is unable to
suit up again.
The Flames are a streaky team away from home, which leaves the door open for
Loyola to end its skein. With or without Averkamp, the Ramblers should be more
competitive than they were against Milwaukee.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Illinois-Chicago 66, Loyola-Chicago 63
02/16 10:36:15 ET
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