On Saturday, UIC heads to Joseph J. Gentile Arena to take on Loyola (Chicago). It takes place at 2 p.m. EST and you can catch it on CSN-CHI or ESPN3.com. The Flames defeated the Ramblers 61-59 on Jan. 16 and are 4-5 against them over the past four years.
Loyola (Chicago) is holding down the eigth spot in the Horizon, right behind UIC in sixth place.
The 23 points and 8 rebounds by Gary Talton helped the Flames to an 88-83 victory over Youngstown State on Feb. 10. He leads the team in points with 13.4 per game, assists with 4 per game, and steals with 1.6 per game. For the Ramblers, Christian Thomas finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds in the 71-53 loss to Milwaukee on Feb. 12. He contributes 6.1 rebounds per game in addition to his 10.3 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Loyola (Chicago) is strong in defensive rebounding percentage at 72.4 percent. This is good enough for second in the conference and 40th in the nation.
StatSmack! UIC is better than Loyola (Chicago)
The UIC three-point leader (Daniel Barnes, 54 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Loyola three-point leader (Devon Turk, 52 three-pointers).
UIC has a better record in close games than Loyola this season (5-1 vs. 3-5).
Daniel Barnes is ranked 4th in the Horizon in three-pointers and 7th in the Horizon in steals.
UIC has a stronger schedule than Loyola this season (SOS Rank: No. 136 vs. No. 298).