GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team return to action Wednesday in a rare midweek matinee as the Spartans host NCAA Division II member Claflin at noon at the Greensboro Coliseum. The game is part of the Guilford County Schools Education Day where over 4,000 middle school students from GCS will be in attendance.
UNCG enters Wednesday’s game with a 4-5 record on the year after dropping two games last week against Presbyterian and North Carolina. Wednesday’s game marks the sixth game of the year for the Spartans, who are 3-2 at the Greensboro Coliseum this year. UNCG is shooting 46.9 percent (237-of-505) from the field and 37.8 percent (59-of-156) from three-point land this year.
Junior forward Kyle Cain (Chicago, Ill./Arizona State) leads the team and ranks sixth in the Southern Conference in scoring at 16.4 points per game. Cain has scored in double figures eight of the nine games this year, including 13 points at North Carolina Saturday night. He also leads the team and the SoCon on the glass, grabbing 8.0 rebounds per game, including 5.4 defensive rebounds per game.
Freshman guard Tevon Saddler (Aberdeen, Md./St. Frances Academy) is second on the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game. Saddler leads the team with 32 assists this year and has been to the free throw line a team-high 68 times this year. Junior Nicholas Paulos (Salt Lake City, Utah/New Hampton School) is third on the team in scoring at 9.8 points per game and has hit a team-high 22 three-pointers.
Sophomore forward Kayel Locke (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) adds 9.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Locke is also coming off a 13-point effort against the Tar Heels. Sophomore guard Jordan Potts (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) adds 9.0 points per game while freshman forward Tyrone Outlaw (Roxboro, N.C./Person County) chips in 8.4 points per game.
Claflin, a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), enters Wednesday’s game with a 3-4 record on the year and has dropped back-to-back games to Clayton State and West Alabama. The Panthers have picked up wins over Nova Southeastern, Barber Scotia and St. Augustine’s.
Forward Marcellus Dunn leads the Panthers in scoring at 15.3 points and on the glass at 5.6 caroms per contest. Dunn is shooting 51.4 percent (36-of-70) from the field and has hit 11-of-23 (47.8%) from three-point land. Jarrod Denard is second on the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game while Kendall Jackson is second on the team on the glass, grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game.