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VIDEO: UIC’s Gabe Snider hits seated half-court shot

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One of the major trends of this college basketball offseason has been players attempting trick half-court shots that they get on tape.

While many players have opted to go with the blind, throw-it-over-your-head half-court shot, UIC senior guard Gabe Snyder decided to try a seated half-court shot.

Since Snyder also made the shot away from center court and more towards the sidelines, it makes it an even tougher shot.

UIC to hire Indiana assistant Steve McClain as head coach

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An Indiana basketball coach will leave Bloomington for a new head coaching job.

Steve McClain, the IU associate head coach, will be announced as UIC’s next head coach, sources confirm to NBCSports.com Jeff Goodman of ESPN was the first to report the news on Saturday morning.

McClain will replace Moore, who was 49-111 in five seasons with the Flames. The university and Moore parted ways on March 15. Former Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson was also interviewed for the UIC opening.

McClain, who has been on Tom Crean’s coaching staff for five years, has previous head coaching experience at Wyoming, where he compiled a 157-115 record in nine seasons.

Two UIC players suspended three games apiece for violation of school policy

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After winning just six games in 2013-14, Howard Moore’s UIC Flames are hoping to turn things around this season. Unfortunately for UIC, two players won’t be with them to start the campaign as they’ve been suspended three games apiece.

Fifth-year senior guard Jay Harris and redshirt freshman guard/forward Lance Whitaker have been suspended for a violation of team rules, with the program announcing the news Thursday afternoon. Harris, a native of nearby Aurora, Illinois, averaged 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game at Wagner last season.

Harris played in 21 games, starting 17, before being suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation of school policy.

As for Whitaker, he’s returning to the court after playing in just three games in 2013-14 due to a torn ACL in his right knee. As a result of the injury Whitaker was granted a medical redshirt. UIC returns two starters from last season’s team, and both Harris and Whitaker are expected to contribute this season.

“Being a member of the UIC men’s basketball program is a privilege and with that comes a certain level of expectations and responsibility,” Moore said in the release announcing the suspensions.