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SCHEDULE

November

9 vs. Drake 7

13 vs. Roosevelt 7

16 vs. Eastern Illinois 3

20 vs. Northwestern 7

25 vs. San Diego-x 1:30

26 & 27 TBD-x

December

4 vs. SMU 7

7 at Loyola 3

14 at Southeast Missouri 7

17 vs. Purdue-Calumet 7

20 at UC Riverside 9

23 at Colorado State 8

28 vs. Illinois-y 1

January

2 at Valparaiso 7

7 vs. Youngstown State 7

12 at Wright State 6

16 vs. Milwaukee 7

19 vs. Green Bay 1

22 vs. Cleveland State 7

25 at Oakland 1

29 at Detroit 6

February

1 vs. Valparaiso 3

5 at Green Bay 7

13 at Cleveland State 6

15 at Youngstown State 6

18 vs. Detroit 7

21 vs. Oakland TBA

25 at Milwaukee 7

March

1 vs. Wright State 1

x-Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla.
y-at United Center

ROSTER

1 Marcus White 5-11 G Fr

2 Gabe Snider 6-4 G So

3 Joey Miller 6-3 G Jr

4 Lance Whitaker 6-4 G/F Fr

10 Marc Brown 6-4 G Jr

11 Pat Birt 6-5 G/F Fr

13 Hayden Humes 6-8 F Sr

15 Jordan Harks 6-8 F/C Sr

23 Jay Parker 5-10 G Jr

25 Frank Dounis 6-2 G Fr

32 Hans-C. Lauer 6-7 F Fr

33 Ahman Fells 6-5 F Jr

34 M. McGuire 6-3 G Fr

40 Jake Wiegand 6-8 F So

44 Will Simonton 6-10 C Jr

45 Kelsey Barlow 6-5 G Sr

Updated: December 9, 2013 10:36AM



Coach Howard Moore admits to being “spoiled’’ the last two seasons having star guard Gary Talton leading his UIC Flames.

“He was so valuable to have,’’ he said of the 6-1 guard who helped direct the 12th-largest turnaround in the country last season. Talton was the scoring and spiritual leader for a team that surprised the Horizon League with an 18-16 season and played in the postseason CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

Talton has moved on to the NBA’s D-League, but Moore has assembled a mix of returning players and high-profile newcomers to try to continue the program’s progress.

Senior forward Hayden Humes and junior guard Marc Brown are veteran starters, but the focus figures to be on 6-5 senior Kelsey Barlow, a transfer from Purdue. Moore is counting on Barlow to handle the point and bring talent without the baggage of off-the-court problems that led to his dismissal from the Boilermakers in February of 2012.

Barlow, 22, sat out last season with the Flames, but he has been accorded second-team honors on the Horizon League’s preseason all-star team.

“For me, [Barlow has] been great,’’ Moore said of Barlow. “I haven’t had one problem with him. He seems very determined to redeem himself, and being around the guys we have helps him.’’

Barlow’s talents never have been questioned. The Indianapolis native and son of former NBA player Ken Barlow was selected to the Big Ten’s all-newcomer team in 2009-10. Moore is counting on a player who dunked over Ohio State star Jared Sullinger to excel on offense and defense.

“The main thing is to continue to emphasize our defensive mind-set,’’ said Moore, who earned a three-year contract extension after last season. “When you have that in your formula, you always have a chance in every game.’’

Moore knows Barlow will draw opponents’ defensive attention, and that can help Humes, Brown, returning junior guard Joey Miller and senior newcomer Jordan Harks, a transfer from Central Arkansas.

“We’re going to look different, but I feel really good about our core players and great about our additions,’’ Moore said.

The Flames have six freshmen among the new faces. It’s a group Moore calls “the most talented freshmen group we’ve ever brought in.’’

They will be tested by a schedule that includes Big Ten teams Illinois and Northwestern, a home game against Southern Methodist and road games against Colorado State, Southeast Missouri and California-Riverside. The Flames will play in the Gulf Coast Showcase tournament in Florida before conference play opens.

“We want to challenge ourselves,’’ Moore said. “We need to go to environments like Colorado State to see how our guys respond, and go to California to see how our kids gel.’’

The Flames will continue to play crosstown rival Loyola, its former Horizon League partner now in the Missouri Valley Conference.

“We thought it was important to keep that rivalry going,’’ said Moore, a former Loyola assistant.

Moore considers UIC’s place as the only Chicago school in the Horizon League important, too.

“I made the statement at our media day that we embrace being Chicago’s representative [in the conference],’’ he said. “It’s going to be an exciting year in our league because there is much more parity.’’

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