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LEXINGTON, KY. – For the first time in program history, UNC Greensboro men’s basketball will face Kentucky at famed Rupp Arena.  

Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Tom Hart and Jimmy Dykes on the call.

Five Facts To Know

--The Spartans are coming off a record-setting performance earlier this week in a 111-33 victory over Greensboro College. Dominating the game, particularly in a second half that started with a 34-0 run for the Spartans, UNCG notched its 13th straight home victory, setting a new program record. Additionally, the 78-point margin of victory was the largest in program history and the 33 points allowed were the second fewest by the Spartans.

--Both UNCG and Kentucky are currently riding six-game winning streaks. After UNCG’s comeback bid against then-No. 23 LSU fell just short earlier this month, the Spartans have since won their last six games, outscoring their opponents by 181 points during that span. Kentucky, meanwhile, has rebounded from a 34-point season-opening loss to Duke by winning its last six games. Earlier this week, the Wildcats defeated Monmouth by 46 points.

--In the contest, the Spartans will be in search of a historic victory. UNCG has yet to notch a victory over an opponent ranked in the AP Top 25. Additionally, UNCG has never beaten any of the current schools that comprise the SEC.

--Senior guard Francis Alonso and junior forward James Dickey this week were named to the watch list for the Lou Henson Award, given annually to the top mid-major player in the country. Both were also named to the Preseason All-Southern Conference Team.

--Keep an eye on the boards tomorrow, as Kentucky is currently No. 1 in the country in rebounding margin. The Wildcats enter the game with a +16.9 rebounding margin and have outrebounded opponents by a combined 119 boards during their current six-game winning streak.

The Spartans In 2018

UNCG (7-1) is off to its best start in program history, as the Spartans have won seven of their first eight games. Four of UNCG’s victories have come against in-state opponents as well.

Alonso currently leads the team in scoring, as he’s averaging 19 points per game while Dickey is hauling in an average of 8.3 rebounds per game.

Defensively, sophomore guard Isaiah Miller leads the team in steals per game, swiping an average of 2.6 balls per game.

Series History

This is the first-ever meeting between UNCG and Kentucky.

Upcoming For The Spartans

The Spartans will have five full days off before returning to the court on Friday night when UNCG takes on fellow Triad school Elon.

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