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2-6-2019
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro men’s basketball will try to reach 10 wins in Southern Conference play on Thursday night when the Spartans host Samford.

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

Five Facts To Know

--If the Spartans are able to defeat Samford on Thursday night, UNCG will reach the 21-win mark for just the fifth time in program history. Only the 2017-18 (27), 2016-17 (25), 1994-95 (23) and 1986-87 (22) teams have won more games.

--A victory would also give UNCG a second seven-game winning streak this season. UNCG also strung off seven straight victories from Dec. 7-Jan. 5.

--Senior guard Demetrius Troy is 14 assists from entering the top five, surpassing Derrick Nix’s 421 career assists for fifth place. If Troy is able to surpass Nix, he’ll be just the third player in program history to rank in the top five in both assists and steals, joining Diante Baldwin and Courtney Eldridge. 

--Senior guard Francis Alonso needs just one more start to have the most starting program history, breaking a current three-way tie with Kyle Hines and Jay Joseph.

--Samford enters the game with a 14-10 overall record and a SoCon mark of 4-7. The Bulldogs this season have been led by a balanced offensive attack with four players averaging at least 12 points per game. Guard Josh Sharkey leads the team in scoring at 15.8 points per game.

The Spartans This Season

UNCG reached the 20-win mark for the first time during the month of January when the Spartans last week knocked off VMI 93-66. At the time of its victory, UNCG was just the fourth team in the country to reach 20 wins. Already off to the best overall start in program history, the Spartans’ current 9-1 record in SoCon play is the best through 10 games as well.

UNCG this season has been led in scoring by Alonso (17.3) and sophomore guard Isaiah Miller (14.7). Junior forward Kyrin Galloway is also averaging 9.6 points per game, highlighted by a 32-point effort against then-No. 23 LSU on Nov. 9.

Miller also leads the team in steals (63) while junior forward James Dickey has blocked 35 shots in 17 appearances.

Series History
This will be the 24th meeting between the two schools dating back to 1992 when the Spartans and Bulldogs shared a court together for the first time. UNCG holds a lead in the all-time series, 13-10.

The Spartans are also riding a four-game winning streak against Samford after knocking off the Bulldogs 83-75 on Dec. 22, wiping away a 12-point halftime deficit. 

Upcoming For The Spartans

The Spartans will be back on the road this weekend when UNCG travels to Tennessee to take on Chattanooga. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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