Thursday, February 21, 2013

UIS men's basketball plays key game for playoff hopes

The University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball team has a lot at stake Thursday night when it plays host to Marvyille in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at The Recreation and Athletic Center. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The Prairie Stars, 7-16 overall and 5-10 in the GLVC, have a one-game lead over Saint Joseph’s for the 12th and final berth to the GLVC Tournament with one week left in the regular season. Saint Joseph’s (6-15, 4-11) plays Thursday against 13th-ranked Wisconsin-Parkside.

UIS is sixth out of eight teams in the GLVC West Division standings. The top four teams from both divisions and four wild cards qualify for the league tourney. The Stars most likely are depending on a wild-card bid.

“We can only worry about playing Maryville and our being prepared to take away Maryville’s offense and being able to execute ourselves on the offensive end,” UIS coach Ben Wierzba said.

The team was featured by The State Journal-Register on February 21, 2013.

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