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GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro men’s basketball begins a four-game homestand on Thursday night when the Spartans host The Citadel in the annual Blackout Game at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed on ESPN+.  

Five Facts To Know

--The Spartans on Thursday will look to extend their home record this season to 9-1. While UNCG had its program-record 17-game home winning streak snapped on Jan. 10 against Wofford, the Spartans two days later knocked off Furman in a 10-point victory.    

--Sophomore guard Isaiah Miller is tied for sixth in the nation in steals per game (2.75). Miller this season has already recorded more steals than he did during his freshman campaign, doing so in 15 less games.

--Senior guard Demetrius Troy is five assists away from becoming just the sixth player in program history to dish out 400 career assists. He currently trails Courtney Eldridge (584), Scott Hartzell (552), Diante Baldwin (437), Dwayne Johnson (427) and Derrick Nix (421) for most steals in program history. Additionally, he is three steals away from surpassing Ben Stywall (141) for fifth place in career steals.

--A start by senior guard Francis Alonso would move him into sole possession of the third-most starts in program history. An appearance in the game would also tie him for the fourth-most games played in program history, joining Nicholas Paulos and Jordy Kuiper.

--The Citadel enters the game tied with Gonzaga as the No. 1 scoring offense in the country (92.1 points per game). The Bulldogs are 9-9 on the season but have lost their last seven outings.  

The Spartans This Season

UNCG (17-3, 6-1) enters the game with its best record through 20 games in program history after winning both games during a road swing last weekend.

Last Thursday, the Spartans ended their matchup with Western Carolina on a 17-2 run to pick up a 69-60 victory before leading ETSU wire-to-wire in a seven-point victory.

This season, Alonso leads the team in scoring at 17.7 points per game, having reached double-digit scoring totals in all but one game. Miller, meanwhile, is second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.2 points per game.

Forwards James Dickey and Kyrin Galloway are combining to average more than 17 points and 11rebounds per game along with 49 total blocks.

Series History
This will be the 36th meeting between the two conference foes dating back to their first matchup that took place on Jan. 5, 1980. The Spartans, who hold a 26-9 advantage in the series, have won the last nine matchups between the two SoCon schools. 

UNCG has not lost to The Citadel in regulation of a regular season contest since Jan. 31, 2009.

Upcoming For The Spartans

The Spartans will continue their string of home games on Saturday afternoon, hosting Mercer for a 5 p.m. tip.

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