Wednesday, October 30, 2013

UIS men's basketball team tries to bounce back from 8-19 season

The University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball team should have the luxury of interchangeable parts this season, and it could be a key to the Prairie Stars’ success.

“There’s a lot of different pieces,” UIS coach Ben Wierzba said of his roster. “They’re doing everything we’ve asked. They’ve come in early getting extra workouts. They’re coming in shooting extra and doing extra conditioning before and after practice. So it has been a good chemistry. It’s not just one guy coming in, but three or four guys coming in together.”

Last season was a roller-coaster ride for the Stars.

UIS failed to win back-to-back games on its way to an 8-19 overall record and a 6-12 Great Lakes Valley Conference mark. The highlight was a 73-71 upset of No. 10 Southern Indiana in January.

“I’d like to see us win a lot more,” UIS senior guard Brandon Snowden said. “We can win this year, be a contender in our side of the conference and get into the conference tournament."

The team was featured by The State Journal-Register on October 30, 2013.

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