The UNCG men’s basketball team finished last season with a five-game winning streak in the regular season and a trip to the College Basketball Invitational – its first shot at postseason play since 2002.
This year, Coach Wes Miller and his team are looking to build on that momentum.
The Spartans open their season on Friday, Nov. 11, with a high-profile match-up against the University of Virginia Cavaliers at the Greensboro Coliseum.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to have a top-10 team come into our home arena,” Miller said. “This is an opportunity to see how we stack up against one of the best teams in college basketball.”
And this year’s squad is ready to put up a fight. The Spartans return 75.9 percent of their scoring and 78.9 percent of their rebounding, as well as four starters from last year.
According to Miller, these players are poised to take UNCG men’s basketball to the next level.
“We’ve been waiting to have a combination of talent, depth and experience,” he said. “This is the first UNCG team that I have coached that has all three.”
Miller is focused on establishing a championship-level culture and raising the standards of success this year. To make these changes, he’s relying on senior leadership from Diante Baldwin and R.J. White, as well as emerging young players like guards Francis Alonso and Demetrius Troy.
He’s also looking to the fans.
“We really feed off the energy of our fans,” he said. “Toward the end of last season, the support from our fans made a difference. We’re hoping to see that same kind of energy in the Greensboro Coliseum this year.”
Tip-off for Friday’s home opener is set for 7 p.m. This special Veterans Day game will include a free tailgate for student veterans and their families, as well as military programming throughout the game. Admission is free for all veterans who have a veterans ID.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit uncgspartans.com.
By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photograph courtesy UNCG Athletics