What a sweet moment for the UNCG Men’s Basketball players and coaches. With Monday’s big win over East Tennessee State, the Spartans earned the SoCon Tournament top seed.
The win moved the Spartans (23-8, 14-4) into a three way-tie atop the standings with ETSU and Furman. By virtue of its 3-1 record against the two teams, UNCG will enter the Southern Conference Tournament this weekend as the No. 1 seed.
The UNCG men’s basketball team can call itself Southern Conference Champions as the Spartans tied the program-record with their 23rd victory of the season by knocking off previously first-place East Tennessee State 72-66 Monday night in the regular season finale at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The victory improves the Spartans to 23-8 overall on the season and 14-4 in SoCon play, moving UNCG into a three-way tie atop the standings.
The Spartans enter the SoCon Tournament as the top seed for the first time in program history and will begin play in the quarterfinal round Saturday, playing the winner of No. 8 Western Carolina and No. 9 The Citadel at noon at the U.S. Cellular Center.
The championship is the third in program history in SoCon play and the first overall championship as the past two championships were North Division titles in 2001-02 and 2011-12. The 23 victories ties the program-record at the NCAA Division I level with the 1994-95 team while the 14 SoCon wins extends the Spartans’ already program-record. Additionally, the win was the seventh straight for the Spartans, marking their third winning streak of six or more games this year and their second streak of seven games.
Want to see them play in the tournament?
The UNCG Spartan Club & Alumni Network of the Triad are sponsoring a 2017 SoCon Basketball Road Trip this Saturday, March 4. Join fellow Spartans and guests for a bus trip to Asheville for UNCG’s tournament opener at the U.S. Cellular Center this Saturday at noon. Tickets are $40 and include the bus ride to Asheville with snacks and drinks and a ticket to the game. The bus will make its first stop for a pre-game social. The bus departs UNCG at 7:30 a.m and will arrive back at UNCG at 6 p.m.
Charter bus departs from UNCG campus on Stirling Street, directly in front of Elliott University Center, next to Walker Avenue parking deck. Parking is free in the Walker parking deck. Bus has bathroom facilities and free wifi.
Register here! Space is limited.
Copy drawn from Athletics post by Matt McCollester