Menís Basketball Returns Home Tuesday Night Against Presbyterian
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team returns to the Greensboro Coliseum Tuesday night as the Spartans host Presbyterian in a non-conference game set for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The game will be broadcast on 1320 WCOG AM with Scott Pryzwansky and Darryl Kosciak providing the call. Additionally, the game will be video streamed online at www.uncgspartans.com.
The Spartans enter Tuesday’s game with a 4-3 record on the year and are averaging 80.4 points per game, while allowing just 75.6 points per game against. The Spartans return home after playing the last three games at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla., where they posted a 1-2 record. UNCG dropped its first two games of the event to Louisiana Tech and San Diego, before picking up a 75-68 victory over Stetson in its third game in three days.
Junior forward Kyle Cain (Chicago, Ill./Arizona State) leads the team in scoring at 17.9 points per game and on the glass at 7.6 caroms per game. Cain is coming off back-to-back 21-point efforts against San Diego and Stetson, with his last game coming in a double-double effort against the Hatters. He has been efficient from the field this year, hitting 58.4 percent (52-of-89) from the field through eight games.
Freshman guard Tevon Saddler (Aberdeen, Md./St. Frances Academy) is second on the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game and leads the team with 26 assists. Saddler has been to the free throw line a team-high 61 times this season, hitting 67.2 percent from the charity stripe. Classmate Tyrone Outlaw (Roxboro, N.C./Person County) adds 9.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Outlaw has hit a team-best 91.7 percent (22-of-24) from the free throw line this year.
Sophomore guard Jordan Potts (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) is averaging 12.0 points in four games this season after missing the firs three games of the year. Potts has been lights out from distance this year, hitting 75 percent (12-of-16) from three-point land. He opened his freshman season hitting just one of his first 20 long range shots and only hit 12 in 31 games. This year he has reached 12 three-pointers made in only four games, having multiple three-pointers in each game he has played.
Presbyterian enters Tuesday’s game with a 1-7 record on the year and a 0-2 mark against Southern Conference foes. The Blue Hose will play six games total against SoCon opponents before opening play in the Big South Conference. Presbyterian has dropped games to Georgia Tech, The Citadel, Wake Forest, Old Dominion, West Virginia, Bowling Green and Georgia Southern with its lone win coming against Toccoa Falls, a non-Division I opponent.
Jordan Downing leads Presbyterian in scoring at 17.6 points per game as he has hit a team-high 22 three-pointers. In fact, Downing is almost shooting better from three-point distance (37.9) than on two-point attempts (38.2). Reggie Dilliard is second on the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game. The Greensboro native leads the team with 31 assists. Williams Truss leads the Blue Hose on the glass, grabbing 9.8 rebounds per game while also adding 10.3 points per contest.
Tuesday’s game marks the first ever meeting between UNCG and Presbyterian, despite the two campuses only being separated by 200 miles.
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