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Correspondent image / Robert Hayes. YSU’s Chris Shelton passes within to Jacori Owens during the first 50 % of their matchup with Defiance School earlier this year.

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CHICAGO — As the season continues to wind down, the struggle for the Horizon League’s top rated places has started to slim.

With final night’s results, YSU (13-10, 7-6), sixth in the Horizon as of now, finds by itself with an chance to get floor on No. 5 Detroit Mercy (8-11, 5-4), who was clobbered by No. 3 Wright State (13-10, 10-4) on Friday, 90-69.

The consequence it didn’t get came in Northern Kentucky’s extra time get above Oakland (16-6, 9-2). Had the Norse (12-9, 8-4) dropped the contest, YSU could have occur inside a game of the at any time-significant top four.

Situation aside, the Penguins are however targeted on what they can regulate, and that’s their own timetable. YSU faces Illinois-Chicago at 2 p.m. today in the Credit Union 1 Arena.

“As the season goes, just a perception of urgency (is essential). Your lifespan as a group runs out. We only have so numerous games with our seniors,” YSU coach Jerrod Calhoun said. “So as a mentor, you want to continually remind (the gamers) to take pleasure in it, but also realize that the clock’s ticking, and every single activity receives extra significant.”

UIC enters at 8-12 total and 4-7 in Horizon League perform, but that document is a little bit deceiving, Calhoun warns. All 7 of UIC’s league losses have appear to teams presently in the conference’s top 5.

The Flames have been swept by Detroit Mercy, Wright Point out and Oakland, and also experienced a reduction to Northern Kentucky. UIC’s other activity from NKU was canceled.

UIC entered the weekend on a 4-match skid, but topped Robert Morris on Thursday, 80-75.

“I believe they are definitely very good. I never consider there is a ton of variation among any of the teams,” Calhoun reported. “They’re proficient, they’re more mature, they’re incredibly, pretty superior at residence. They are in a posture to make a run here. They’ve got a quite household-dominant agenda down the stretch, so it’s going to be a extremely difficult process.”

The Flames are an economical staff, boasting the Horizon League’s best help-to-turnover ratio at 1.28. Which is largely built through guarding the ball, as UIC gives up a Horizon League-lower 11.9 turnovers for each recreation.

Three UIC gamers are averaging in double figures. Damaria Franklin qualified prospects the staff at 17.8 details per recreation, and provides 7.1 rebounds. Which is bolstered by Kevin Johnson’s 13.8 points for each game and Zion Griffin’s 11. Franklin is fourth in the Horizon League in scoring.

UIC also characteristics a Mahoning Valley native, as graduate transfer Brandon Battle is from Warren. He attended North Crowley Large College in Fort Well worth, Texas, nonetheless.

Perimeter defense will be at a high quality for YSU, as the Flames acquire the next-most 3-ideas in the league — about 28 for every recreation. So, also, will be defending the choose-and-roll, Calhoun noted.

“They try out to place you in center select-and-rolls and get downhill and drive and kick, so we have to do a good occupation of constructing our walls, remaining in our gaps and contesting with two fingers,” he reported. “They’re likely to shoot a good deal of threes. That’s what they do that is their MO. How do you consider that away? You have to guard the basketball, simply because if you’re in rotations in which they’re finding downhill and you’re helping and collapsing, they’re going to get open up appears. We’re going to switch our defenses. I consider we’ll play man and we’ll perform zone and try out to continue to keep them off harmony.”

The Penguins are coming off a 61-55 win at IUPUI in which they had to battle for their lives. Dwayne Cohill led with 14 points, his ninth consecutive recreation in double figures, although Michael Akuchie additional 11 factors and 10 rebounds. Myles Hunter scored in double figures for the 2nd consecutive sport, including 12 factors, even though Shemar-Rathan Mayes experienced 11.

UIC’s protection gives up the 2nd-most points per recreation in the Horizon — 73.1.

Calhoun suggests the Penguins will appear to assault the rim both equally via their posts and with drives.

“They begin two freshman bigs (Jace Carter and Filip Skobalj). I believe we have to throw within to (forwards Akuchie, Will Dunn, Jacori Owens and Jamir Thomas),” he observed. “And then dribble penetration. There’s a million means to assault the rim. You either do it through your driving or your article-ups. We have to do a very little little bit of equally.”

The match also marks YSU’s ultimate trip to the Windy City to just take on UIC, as the Flames are departing the Horizon League for the Missouri Valley Meeting helpful July 1.

A win would give the Penguins a 2- start out to February, a thirty day period in which they’ve had accomplishment in the previous couple of seasons. Right after very last night’s gain, YSU is 18-6 in the typical season’s ultimate thirty day period.

It also would set Youngstown Condition on a 4-game get streak likely into a crucial 5-match house stand that begins with 3 game titles in five times versus Oakland, UDM and Robert Morris, and then rounds out with UIC and IUPUI.

Continuing that pattern and making momentum to finish the period are paramount if the Penguins are to accomplish their plans.

“I think our teams get superior as the time goes on. … We’re a improvement method. We want to get superior with time,” Calhoun claimed. “Then, you have to credit score our youngsters. They’re quite established to get far better collectively as a workforce, and it is one thing I think championship groups have to do — you have to get improved through the period. It is so prolonged. So I’m truly very pleased of the simple fact that our crew has gotten greater.”

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