Menís Basketball Makes First-Ever Visit To North Carolina Saturday On ESPNU
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team has its first true road test of the 2013-14 season Saturday night as the Spartans travel to Chapel Hill for the first-ever meeting against North Carolina. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Dean Smith Center and will be televised nationally on ESPNU and the Watch ESPN App with Joe Davis and Paul Biancardi providing the call. The game will also be broadcast on 1320 WCOG AM and online at www.uncgspartans.com with Scott Pryzwansky and Darryl Kosciak on air.
Saturday’s game will be a homecoming of sorts for the UNCG coaching staff as head coach Wes Miller, assistant coach Jackie Manuel and director of basketball operations J.B. Tanner all played at North Carolina. The trio all played for UNC head coach Roy Williams and each won a National Championship.
UNCG enters Saturday’s game with a 4-4 record on the year after dropping a game to Presbyterian Tuesday night. The Spartans will be making their first trip into a hostile arena at the Dean Smith Center after playing three games on a neutral floor at the Gulf Coast Showcase. The Spartans are averaging 78.6 points per game this season, but are allowing 77.0 points against, including 87 last time out against Presbyterian.
Junior forward Kyle Cain (Chicago, Ill./Arizona State) is one of four players averaging double figures this year. Cain leads the team in scoring at 16.9 points per game and ranks second in the Southern Conference on the glass, grabbing 8.0 rebounds per game. He is shooting 53.8 percent (56-pf-104) from the field and 77.8 percent (21-of-27) from the free throw line.
Freshman guard Tevon Saddler (Aberdeen, Md./St. Frances Academy) is second on the team in scoring at 14.1 points per game. Saddler has gone to the line 40 more times than his closest teammate, hitting 43-of-67 (.642). Sophomore guard Jordan Potts (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) miss the first three games of the season, but has provided a spark off the bench in his return. Potts is averaging 10.8 points per game and is shooting an astonishing 70 percent (14-of-20) from three-point land.
North Carolina enters Saturday’s game with a 5-2 record on the year. The Tar Heels are coming off an upset at No. 1 Michigan State Wednesday and have also defeated then No. 3 Louisville. North Carolina’s two losses this season have come at home to Belmont and at UAB.
Marcus Paige leads the Tar Heels in scoring, averaging 19.7 points per game and playing a team-high 35.6 minutes per game. Paige has hit 19 of the Tar Heels’ 21 three-pointers this season, shooting at a 40.4 percent clip. Brice Johnson is second on the team in scoring at 13.6 points, all of the bench. Johnson also adds 7.0 rebounds per game and has blocked 11 shots on the year. James Michael McAdoo rounds out the Tar Heels in double figures at 13.0 points per game while adding 5.7 rebounds per contest.
Saturday’s game marks the first-ever meeting between UNCG and North Carolina. It is also the first of a three-game series between the two programs as the Tar Heels will travel to Greensboro during the 2014-15 season and UNCG returns to the Dean Smith Center in 2015-16. Additionally, Saturday’s game is the 50th meeting all-time for UNCG against a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Spartans are just 1-48 all-time against the ACC with their lone winning coming in 2007 at Georgia Tech.
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