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Postby Resurget Cineribus » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:34 pm

I’m planning on going tomorrow night. Any others??
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Re: UIC

Postby titanmike » Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:56 am

I wish. While you are there go to Piece Brewery. Incredible Pizza!
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Re: UIC

Postby Resurget Cineribus » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:28 am

Thanks TM I will look it up!
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Re: UIC

Postby Rogobob77 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:51 am

Titans are 5.5 point underdogs. ESPN’s basketball power index gives UDM a 35.1% chance to win.

(For anyone interested in scouting our next game opponent, IUPUI vs. Oakland is on ESPN+ at 11:00 am in an early game today.)
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Re: UIC

Postby Tacitus651 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:21 pm

Wow, 11am game. On a weekday? I guess I’m not surprised OU lost. Those guys are up to no good every night and probably up til 3am.
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Re: UIC

Postby NC Titan » Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:38 pm

Oakland lost a two-point game (they hit a three at the buzzer, but were down five so.....).
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Re: UIC

Postby Tacitus651 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:46 pm

NC Titan wrote:Oakland lost a two-point game (they hit a three at the buzzer, but were down five so.....).


Oakland alumnus trying to figure out the math

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Re: UIC

Postby Commissioner » Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:37 pm

UIC
When Thursday, January 24, 8:00 p.m. EST
Where UIC Pavillion, Chicago, IL
TV: ESPN+
Radio: AM 910 Superstation

Given that every weekend is a big weekend in conference play, it’s a bit cliché to note that this is a big weekend for the Titans, but it is. The Titans travel west to take on the Horizon’s “initial” teams, UIC and IUPUI. If the Titans can win both—a real possibility—they’ll be guaranteed to be no worse than tied for second in the Horizon, possibly back in first, and definitely in contention. They would also have at least a 3 game lead (plus the tiebreaker) over Cleveland State, Youngstown State, UIC, and IUPUI, and probably over at least one or two of Wright State, Green Bay, and Milwaukee. All that would mean that, barring a near complete collapse in the second round of conference play, the Titans would host a first round game in the conference tournament. On the other hand, if the Titans lose both—a real possibility—they’ll find themselves 5-4 and smack in a mosh of teams with 4 to 6 conference wins, including UIC, IUPUI, Wright State, Green Bay, Milwaukee, and quite possibly Oakland. A pair of losses also makes it unlikely that the Titans will reach .500 this season—to do that, they would need to go 7-2 in the second half of the Horizon season and win at least 1 game in the conference tournament.

The combination of a lack of off-court drama, exceeding on-court expectations, and the rise of Antione Davis as the most exciting Titan player in a generation, has Titan fans feeling good, but we sometimes forget that this is still a very average team cobbled together late in the summer from a bunch of players other schools didn’t want. The Titans are 8-11 on the year, and after the home loss to Oakland, we’re almost smack in the middle of D1 teams according to the NCAA NET formula (173rd of 354). Earlier this year I noted that there seemed to be a perception that Titans were a young team, but in fact for most of November and December they were starting 4 seniors – McFolley, King, Blackshear, and Holland. In Monday’s Coach’s show, however, Coach Davis indicated that the starters on Thursday would probably include three true freshmen—Davis, Moore, and Isiani. If Chris Brandon also stays in the starting lineup, that would be 4 true freshmen. But whoever is starting, the Titans have to play well and play hard for a full 40 minutes, every game.

UIC will be the first challenge this weekend. The Flames are in their fourth year under Steve McClain, and have improved from 5 wins in his first season to 17 and then to 20, with CBI and CIT appearances the last two seasons. Still, folks are getting restless in Chicago, because McClain’s initial recruiting success seemed to suggest quite a bit more could be in the offing. But McClain’s recruiting has been undercut by injuries (Dominique Mathews and Dikembe Dixson), transfers (KJ Santos), and the lucre of pro ball (Dixson again). McClain’s teams also have had a tendency to blow late leads. This year’s squad enters the weekend at just 9-11 overall, and 3-4 in conference play. But UIC is 8-2 in the Pavillion, and they were the pre-season choice for third place in the conference. This is gonna be semi-tough.

The Flames are built around three talented junior guards: Tarkus Ferguson, Marcus Ottey, and Godwin Boahen. Ferguson is the multi-talented point guard, ranking in the top 10 in the conference in minutes, scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals, while shooting 38.6% from three. He’s also one of the conference’s best defensive guards. Ottey is an all-purpose guard who can drive to the hoop and is tied with Ferguson for the team lead at 15.9 points per game. And Boahen is the more traditional three-point shooter, who can also handle the ball.

Jordan Blount, a 6-8, 235 lb. Irishman, has been a regular starter all year, but missed last Saturday’s game at Green Bay with a ankle sprain. It’s not clear if he’ll be back. For most of the conference season he’s been joined up front by Rob Howard, another 6-8, 230 lb. junior. If Blount can’t play look for Michael Diggins to start. Diggins also stands 6-8, but a much slimmer 190 lbs. All three are effective in the paint and Diggins and Howard can pop the occasional three.

McClain tends to go deep into the rotation. We’ll likely see 6-5 sophomore guard Jamie Ahale, 6-7 sophomore forward Jacob Wiley, and 6-9, 235 lb. forward Travell Washington, a starter during most of the non-conference season.

UIC generally plays an up-tempo style, looks to score in transition, and is heavily reliant on three-point shooting—they’re 9th in the nation in the percentage of points they get from behind the arc. They’re a good shooting team generally, though, and as I’ve noted, their forwards are good scorers in the paint. In other words, once in the half court they present some of the same challenges Oakland did, with lots of three point shooters, but also the ability to dump it down low. When we’ve got the ball, it will be interesting to see if, like OU, they double team Davis all game, and show some zone.

As you might expect from a guard oriented team, the Flames are weak on the rebounding side. Somewhat surprisingly, though, they also turn it over quite a bit, and are a surprisingly weak team at shooting free throws. Any of the big men save Diggins can be fouled with some impunity, and Ferguson shoots just 65%. While I hate to seem mean, it will be a big plus for us if Blount, who is also their best inside defender, is unable to play Thursday.

This is a tough game. We’ve beaten the league's dregs on the road. Our final position is likely to be determined by our ability to beat middle-of-the-pack teams like IUPUI and UIC at their place.

Probable UIC Starters
PG: #4 Tarkus Ferguson, 6-4 Jr. (15.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 5.2 apg, 38.6% 3PtFG)
SG: #1 Marcus Ottey, 6-2 Jr. (15.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.8 apg)
SG: #25 Godwin Boahen, 5-11 Jr. (15.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 38.6% 3PtFG)
PF: #13 Jordan Blount, 6-8 Jr. (9.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 54.2% FG)
PF: #22 Rob Howard, 6-8 Jr. (6.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 35.5% 3Pt FG)

Key Reserves
G: #20 James Ahale, 6-5 Soph. (2.7 ppg, 34.0% 3PtFG)
F: #2 Michael Diggins, 6-8 Soph. (6.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 50.0% FG)
F: #35 Travell Washington, 6-9 Fr. (2.8 ppg, 43.8% 3PtFG)
F: #3 Jacob Wiley, 6-7 Soph. (2.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
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Re: UIC

Postby MooseGuy1 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:26 pm

Is anyone else having trouble with ESPN+ right now?
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Re: UIC

Postby TitanVoiceofReason » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:33 pm

down early but hanging in at 1st timeout. Moore didn't start but an early sub
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Re: UIC

Postby Tacitus651 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:39 pm

ESPN+ working fine for me.

Coach needs to find the right combination of guys and play the last 11 min of the first half well.
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Re: UIC

Postby NC Titan » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:04 pm

Really sloppy play by Detroit. Some of those passes -- might as well just hand the ball to the defender. And nobody can hit nuthin'. Can't hit free throws. And everyone is standing still on offense.
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Re: UIC

Postby TitanVoiceofReason » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:08 pm

awful half, hope AD is ok
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Re: UIC

Postby Tacitus651 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:08 pm

Coach must be irate in the locker room right now.
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Re: UIC

Postby bobonthebus » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:12 pm

Worst half of ball all season
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Re: UIC

Postby TitanVoiceofReason » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:12 pm

Tacitus, I bet he is

NC Titan wrote:Really sloppy play by Detroit. Some of those passes -- might as well just hand the ball to the defender. And nobody can hit nuthin'. Can't hit free throws. And everyone is standing still on offense.


that sums up our 1st half quite well
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Re: UIC

Postby HoopLove247 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:15 pm

Finally Hamrick in the game. Glad to see him get in helped out right away. Let's hope Davis can return and Josh can get going. We can pull this out. Let's play some D
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Re: UIC

Postby TitanVoiceofReason » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:23 pm

good, looks like Davis is back
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Re: UIC

Postby TitanVoiceofReason » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:35 pm

already in the 1 and 1
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Re: UIC

Postby TitanVoiceofReason » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:37 pm

my fingers are crossed!
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