CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – UNC Greensboro men’s basketball will look to extend its current winning streak to eight games when the Spartans on Saturday face Chattanooga at McKenzie Arena.
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 get past Chattanooga on Saturday, it will mark the team’s longest winning streak this season at eight games. UNCG won six straight contests from Nov. 13-27 and seven straight from Dec. 7-Jan. 5.
--An eight-game winning streak would be the team’s longest since winning nine straight during the 2016-17 season. Additionally, an eight-game winning streak would be tied for the fourth-longest in program history, joining a stretch compiled by the 1995-96 team.
--Senior guard Demetrius Troy is nine 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.
--Through Thursday night’s action, UNCG is tied for the second longest road winning streak at five games, trailing only No. 1 Tennessee as the Vols have won eight straight away from home court.
--Chattanooga enters the game with an overall record of 11-14 but the Mocs are 6-6 in the SoCon. Chattanooga is 4-2 at McKenzie Arena against conference foes this season. The Mocs are led offensively by Kevin Easley, who is averaging 14.7 points per game this season. He’s one of four players that is averaging double digits in scoring this season.
The Spartans This Season
Through Thursday night’s action, UNCG is one of just six teams in the country with 21 wins so far this season, joined by Gonzaga, Houston, Nevada, Tennessee and Michigan. Additionally, the Spartans have reached 21 wins the fastest in program history and are in the midst of their best start in SoCon action at 10-1.
Offensively, UNCG has been led by a pair of guards in senior Francis Alonso and sophomore Isaiah Miller. Alonso, who is now the program leader in career starts, is averaging 16.7 points per game while Miller has been at his best during SoCon action, averaging 17.3 points per game against conference competition. The Covington, Ga., native has reached the 20-point mark in six of the team’s 11 SoCon games so far.
Junior forward James Dickey (2.0), meanwhile, is second in the SoCon in blocks per game during conference action.
This will be the 45th meeting between the two schools dating back to their first matchup on Jan. 6, 1992. The Spartans trail the all-time series 20-24.
Last year, the Spartans lost a double-overtime heartbreaker against the Mocs on Jan. 29, falling 87-85.
Upcoming For The Spartans
The Spartans will be back on the road next weekend for a pair of important games in the conference race. On Thursday night, UNCG will take on Furman before a showdown with Wofford next Saturday.
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