Motor City Madness 2017 Horizon League Championship

The Horizon League Championship is being held at historic Joe Louis Arena for the second consecutive season. The Joe is the home of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.

After arriving in Detroit late Friday afternoon, UIC hit the floor for the first time Saturday morning for a short, but highly spirited workout.

Sophomore Hassan Thomas is one of several Flames who are playing in Detroit for the second year in a row.

The student-athletes received great gifts in the locker room, including a personalized FatHead. Mike Kelly was excited to check out the finished product with the help of the Director of Player Development, Chris McMillian.

Tai Odiase was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year earlier in the week. Here he spends a few minutes on the bike to get loose before taking to the court.
Michael Kolawole scored a career-high 18 points in UIC's regular season finale on Feb. 26 at Wright State.
Odiase (left) and Marcus Ottey fire off mid-range jumpers at the beginning of UIC's practice.
Tarkus Ferguson joined teammate Dominique Matthews on the five-member All-Freshman Team. UIC is the only school in the conference with multiple selections.
Godwin Boahen missed some time at the end of the regular season as he rehabbed an injury, but he looks locked in and ready to go in Detroit.
Kyle Guice looks to fire off a pass during a shooting drill Saturday morning.
Clint Robinson is one of the UIC newcomers who will play in his first Horizon League Tournament game on Sunday.

Following the practice session, the Flames were fortunate to take a tour of the Red Wings dressing room and training facilities at Joe Louis Arena. The room features stalls for current players, and also retired legends such as Gordie Howe.

The Flames are serious about making a lot of noise during #MotorCityMadness beginning late Sunday afternoon.
The Flames took a short trip to Detroit Mercy's Calihan Hall Sunday morning to finalize preparation for the quarterfinal game.
Head Athletic Trainer Mike Gilmartin tapes Tai Odiase before the Flames hit the floor.
Dominique Matthews laces up his adidas kicks before the shoot-around.
Kyle Guice readies to rise and fire.
Godwin Boahen and the rest of the Flames brought juice to the workout Sunday.
Who wore it better?
This 3-point shot from Marcus Ottey tickled the twine.
Head coach Steve McClain delivers his message to the Flames at the end of a great session.

Check out the best sights and sounds from the victory over third-seeded Green Bay:

After the game, UIC head coach Steve McClain and leading scorers Tai Odiase and Dominique Matthews met with the assembled media at Joe Louis Arena to recap the 79-70 victory and look ahead to Monday's meeting with No. 10 Milwaukee.

Game photos courtesy of Jose Juarez/Horizon League
Assistant coach Ron "Chin" Coleman caught up with the Voice of the Flames Jonathan Hood before heading to practice.
Fran Fraschilla and Bob Wischusen will call Monday's #MotorCityMadness semifinal games on ESPNU.
The Flames concluded Monday's practice session with a final message from head coach Steve McClain.
Game photos courtesy of Jose Juarez/Horizon League


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