UIC still has not beaten a Division I team this season, but it should be able to end its six-game losing streak Tuesday against NAIA Purdue-Calumet.
What you should know about Purdue-Calumet (5-9, 1-7 CCAC):
Purdue-Calumet is a NAIA team, and it is not even a good one. But it is a local opponent that has no qualms about coming to the UIC Pavilion, so it’s a good opponent for a UIC team that desperately needs a win just to end a long losing streak.
Purdue-Calumet enters with three straight defeats. They Peregrines have lost in nine of their last 11 games after starting 3-0.
The Peregrines are led by junior forward LaBradford Sebree, who is only 6-foot-2 and scores 18.9 points per game. Although Sebree is listed as a forward, he has attempted 92 3-pointers this season and is fifth on the team in rebounding.
Purdue-Calumet actually has some solid size for a team of its level. The Peregrines start a frontcout of 6-foot-8 Ryan Rader and 6-foot-10 Andis Malahovskis.
What you should know about UIC (1-8, No. 336 KenPom):
UIC last hosted Purdue-Calumet during the 2013-14 season and defeated the Peregrines, 88-61. Barring some big surprises, Tuesday’s game should have a comparable scoring margin.
Although UIC still has not won since before Thanksgiving, it has played some of its better games recently. The Flames gave an ugly performance Saturday in a loss at Loyola, but before that they held second-half leads over Illinois and Illinois State before ultimately falling in both matchups.
Freshmen Dominique Matthews and Dikembe Dixson have continued to look like the real deal, and their athletic advantage over Purdue-Calumet should allow them to dominate.
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