In his 123rd game as a Flame, and his last in a white jersey (as pointed out by Kyle Whelliston),
departing senior Robo Kreps had few words after a 27 point Butler
blowout in front of the biggest crowd the Pavilion has seen this
"This one's going to stick with me for a while. That's all I've got to
say about that," said Kreps. "It definitely hurts right now, no doubt
Characteristic Kreps -- even with his team well out of the Horizon League
picture, he's emotionally invested during and after the game as his
team's long-time anchor. The pain was evident on his face after Butler
brought intense inside pressure, outscoring UIC 46-20 in the paint for
the 79-52 win.
Kreps faced fresh-legged defenders in droves en route to a 10 point,
four assist game on 4-10 shooting, but he leaves behind an enduring
legacy at the Pavilion built on a pile of record-breaking stats.
Those numbers are after the jump.
Career totals (with one road game remaining):
- 1,563 points (8th all-time among UIC scorers)
- 241 assists (11th all-time)
- 141 steals (t-8th all-time)
- 223 three-pointers (5th all-time)
- 296 FTs made (8th all-time)
- 24 twenty plus (20+) point games
- 78 double-digit games (23 this season)
- 31 points vs. Detroit 12/31/09
- 6 three-pointers at Valparaiso 2/15/09
Clearly Kreps has made an impression on the program at UIC, and his presence next season will sorely be missed in the Flames backcourt, off the court and around the league.
Paul Carter (team-high 15 points, 2 rebs), K.C. Robbins (4 points, 5 rebs), Jimmy Harding, and Brad Birton (6 points), who sat for most of the game with foul trouble, also played their last home game as Flames. Dipanjot Singh, while a senior academically, still retains a year of eligibility.
Matt Howard (game-high 19 points, nine boards) and Andrew Smith (16 points, nine boards) led Butler's march to the post, dismantling the UIC man defense and quashing any perimeter looks for the Flames who were outrebounded on both ends and 39-32 overall.