Originally posted on The Catch and Shoot  |  Last updated 11/20/13
Although Northwestern and DePaul are bigger brand names, UIC has actually been the most successful team from the Chicago area in recent memory. The Flames have been to the NCAA tournament twice since 2002, received a NIT bid in 2003, and advanced to the second round of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament (CIT) last season. The Flames have also ganged up on Northwestern, their suburban foe, with four straight wins against the Big Ten program. On Wednesday night, they will try to defeat the Wildcats for a fifth straight time. Both teams enter coming off weekend losses. UIC (1-2) was run out of its own gym by Eastern Illinois on Saturday, 86-66. Northwestern (1-2) fell short of a comeback victory at home against Illinois State, 68-64, on Sunday night. It was the Wildcats second straight loss, as they also lost at Stanford on Thursday night, 71-58. The Wildcats are still adjusting to life under first-year head coach Chris Collins. They have been solid defensively, ranking No. 80 in defens...
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