Mastodons look to get back on track against UIC

The Mastodons (2-5, 1-5 Horizon) welcome the UIC Flames (5-2, 2-0 Horizon) to the Gates Sports Center this weekend. It is UIC's first trip to Fort Wayne since 2002.

Posted: Jan 7, 2021 11:34 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2021 11:38 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Mastodons (2-5, 1-5 Horizon) welcome the UIC Flames (5-2, 2-0 Horizon) to the Gates Sports Center this weekend. It is UIC's first trip to Fort Wayne since 2002.

GAME 1:

When: Friday, January 8 | 7 p.m. ET

GAME 2:

When: Saturday, January 9 | 5 p.m. ET

Game Day Information:

Where: Gates Sports Center | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Video: ESPN3 (Friday | Saturday)
Talent: John Nolan, Michael Kibilowski
Radio: The Fan 1380 AM (link)
Talent: Brett Rump, Art Saltsberg
Series History: UIC leads 3-1
Last Meeting: Dec. 7, 2019 - UIC 62, Purdue Fort Wayne 49 (Chicago, Ill.)

KNOW YOUR FOE:

• UIC makes their first visit to Fort Wayne since 2002.
• UIC leads the all-time series 3-1.
• UIC returns to the court after last playing Dec. 19 and 20 in a pair of wins over Oakland.
• UIC has non-league wins over Northern Illinois, Central Michigan and Valparaiso while falling to Ball State and Loyola Chicago.
• Teyvion Kirk collected the third triple-double in UIC history in the Flames' win over Oakland on Dec. 20 with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
• Teyvion Kirk is one of four Flames averaging double-digits.

'DONS AND ENDS:

• The Mastodons are shooting 50.8 percent on the season, 16th best in the nation and best in the league.

• The Mastodons are shooting 39.1 percent from three, 22nd best in the nation and best in the league.

• The Mastodons' 8.4 3-pointers per game rank 83rd in the nation.

• The Mastodons' 8.0 steals per game rank 62nd in the nation. The 15.9 turnovers the 'Dons are forcing per game ranks 71st in the nation.

• Newcomer Demetric Horton has seen significant time for the 'Dons off the bench. He has played 20 or more minutes in all but one game. He has finished in double-digits in all but one game for an average of 11.6 points per contest this year. He had a season-high 16 points against Northern Kentucky in the opener of the series.

• Demetric Horton is shooting 40.9 percent (18-of-44) from three, third best in the Horizon League. Horton's 1.9 steals per game ranks sixth in the league.

• Bobby Planutis is averaging in double-digits with 10.6 points per contest. He is shooting 41.9 percent (13-of-31) from three but has proven to be more than just a spot up shooter. The Pennsylvania native has made 17-of-19 from the free throw line.

• Dylan Carl has made 20-of-24 (83.3 percent) from the floor this season. He has only one attempt outside of the paint this season.

• The Mastodons shot 64.2 percent from the floor and 64.7 percent from three in their win over Robert Morris on Dec. 27. Both performances are the best in the Horizon League this season.

• The Mastodons have recorded a better field goal percentage than their opponent in four-of-seven games this season.

A FEW NOTES ON THE NORTHERN KENTUCKY GAMES:

• The Mastodons recorded double-digit steals in both games, including a season-high 12 in the opener.

• The 'Dons made exactly 25 field goals in both games and scored exactly 68 points in both games.

• The 'Dons led for 23 minutes in both games.

• Deonte Billups made a career-high six 3-pointers in the opener against Northern Kentucky. It is the most 3-pointers in a game by a Mastodon this season. It was one of Billups' best games as a Mastodon. All told he was 8-of-10 from the floor for a career-high 22 points while adding three rebounds.

• Jalon Pipkins had a career-high four steals in the opener and a career-high seven field goals in the second game of the series.

THE 'DONS WENT TO JARRED:

• Jarred Godfrey finished with a line of 27 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals against Robert Morris (Dec. 27). Per sports-reference.com, he is one of only 10 players since the 2010-11 season to record such a line in a game. The list includes Ben Simmons and Kemba Walker. He is the only player on the list to do so while taking fewer than 14 shots from the floor. Godfrey finished 9-of-11.

• Sports-reference.com produces game scores for individual performances, with 10 being average and 40 being outstanding. Godfrey's 31.0 is Purdue Fort Wayne's fifth best ever recorded by the site. Only nine above 30 have been recorded by a Mastodon since 2010-11. For context, last season only one performance in Horizon League play earned a game score of 31.0 or better. That was Jalen Tate of Northern Kentucky's 34.1 game score against IUPUI on Feb. 14, 2020.

• Jarred Godfrey has made 23-of-27 free throws on the season (85.2 percent), third best in the league. He entered the season shooting 69.6 percent from the line in his career.

• Jarred Godfrey is officially on the 1,000-point total watch as he enters this weekend with 844 career points.

• Jarred Godfrey has scored 20 or more points in four-of-six Horizon League games this season.

MORE BLOCKS THAN A TWITTER TROLL:

• Dylan Carl picked up a pair of blocks in the second game of the Northern Kentucky series to bring his career total to 95. He is now in fifth place in program history in the category. Up next on the list is Brent Calhoun (2012-17) with 109. Carl and Calhoun were teammates in 2016-17.

PIP:

• Jalon Pipkins is averaging 11.0 points including 18 points in the opener against Southeastern Louisiana. He had the game-winning basket against Southeastern Louisiana with an old school three-point play that put the 'Dons up 65-63 with 12 seconds left in overtime. The guard came to Purdue Fort Wayne after playing 23 games at CSUN to start his career in 2017-18. He transferred to Paris Junior College in 2018-19 where he averaged 21.5 points per game. Last season at Loyola Chicago he played in 30 games with one start while averaging 3.4 points per game.

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