The new look Brock Badgers will open-up their second season under head coach Charles Kissi by welcoming the University of Illinois-Chicago (Horizon League) to the Bob Davis Dynamism on Monday August 18th.
St. Catherines, Ontario has become a top destination for NCAA teams to get an early start to the season since the mid 90’s. The Badgers last welcomed a division one opponent in 2012 when Wake Forest, Tulsa and Dusquene made the trip up North .
Brock is currently on a eight-game losing streak to NCAA teams and is 4-21 all-time against American teams. Their last victory over a D1 team came in 2007 when they beat North Florida (81-72) at home and Air Force Academy (66-63) on the road.
Since winning the 2007-2008 CIS Men’s Basketball Championship the Badgers haven’t had a winning season, a streak that 2014 OUA Rookie of the year Dani Elgadi (19.6 PPG/10.6 RGP) will look to end with an early start to his sophomore season. Elgadi, a 6-7, 200 lbs small forward from Waterloo, Ontario finished second in Rookie of the Year voting, losing out to UNB’s Javon Masters who led the CIS in scoring as a freshman with 27.4 points per game.
The Illinois-Chicago Flames are coming off of a 6-25 season which they won only one game (1-15) in the Horizon league. Fifth-year head coach and west-side Chicago native Howard Moore will look to improve his resume and some late game strategies that should help UIC overcome some of their late game mistakes which cost them dearly last year as they lost eleven games by seven points or less.
The flames are lead by 6-4/200lbs senior guard Marc Brown who averaged 11 points per game Jordan Hanks (8.5PPG/5.6RPG)