UIC upsets Rhode Island


Sparky starts UIC's season

UIC got a big victory today when Howard Moore's team knocked off Rhode Island in the 2K Sports Coach vs. Cancer Classic. The Rams should be a competitive team in the Atlantic 10 this season, so this is the first marquee victory of Moore's tenure.

Ken Pomeroy gave UIC just a 16 percent chance of winning this game, so it's obviously an unexpected victory no matter how you look at it. Robo Kreps really liked playing in Toledo, as he had another hot shooting game, going 8-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and scored 27 points. Paul Carter scored 24 points, to provide the extra punch that the Flames needed on offense.
The Flames shot 71.4 percent (20-of-28) from the field in the second half. Carter scored 22 of his 24 points after the break as well. UIC also grabbed 14 offensive rebounds and scored 13 second-chance points.
This is a fantastic win. The Flames are now 3-2 on the young season and play Central Michigan at the Pavilion on Wednesday.

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  • Hi John,

    Thanks for updating the score. I am an UIC alum and haven't been following the team this year. What difference do you see from the last few years with Jimmy Collins? Should we get excited with the new coach? Look forward on following you all year.

    Thanks

  • In reply to althav:

    Hi Alan,

    The difference between this team and the last few seasons are a couple. First off, Howard Moore is trying to implement a very different offensive system. He's brought the "swing offense" principles that have worked so well under Bo Ryan at Wisconsin to Chicago and it seems to really be opening up the offense. Players like Robo Kreps are getting good looks. Also, Paul Carter is a very talented player that'll only be around for one season, but he's definitely worth watching. Finally, the Flames are going to play a lot of tough man defense, you'll be able to tell the players that aren't trying as hard as their teammates and Moore will know too and make adjustments accordingly.

    Moore is the type of guy that could make UIC a Horizon League contender again. He's got a good coaching background, is from Chicago - so he's able to recruit the area, and he seems to really know the game. I'm excited for what he'll do next season and beyond for this program.

    Thanks for reading.

  • In reply to johntemplon:

    John

    Wow. It will be does to see the team play with more energy on the defensive side. I thought they were too lazy the last few years. It was nice to see Jimmy leave. I felt he was too complacent after starting his career superbly and leading the team into the tournament. He was able to set the foundation for a a guy like Moore to hopefully, take the team to the next level.

    Thanks for the great reply! Catch you here again soon. Take Care.

  • In reply to althav:

    It will be *exciting to see...

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