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For the second time in a four-season span, UNC Greensboro men’s basketball will face Georgetown, this time in a matchup that will take place on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The game will be the third all-time meeting between the Spartans and Hoyas, with the first two contests taking place on Nov. 14, 2011 and Dec. 26, 2017 respectively. In this year’s matchup, UNCG will be looking for its first victory in the series.
UNC Greensboro junior guard Isaiah Miller has been named Southern Conference Preseason Player of the Year while the Spartans check in at No. 2 in both the coaches and media polls, the league has announced. Additionally, both Miller and senior forward James Dickey have been named to the Preseason All-SoCon Team. Miller, who is the reigning SoCon Defensive Player of the Year and the conference’s lone returning first-team selection from last season, had a breakout campaign in 2018-19. Offensively, Miller was ninth in the league in points per game (15.3) while collecting nine 20-point performances...
Miller is joined on the Preseason All-SoCon Team by Dickey, who enters his senior season just 14 blocks away from moving into second place in career blocks in school history. Last season, the 6-foot-10 forward from Raleigh, N.C., averaged 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 points per game while blocking a total of 56 shots. The Spartans check in at No. 2 in both preseason polls behind only ETSU.
Strengths: Defense. UNCG’s success is built upon its defensive intensity, which has evolved along with the 36-year-old Miller’s coaching style. The Spartans often use a three-quarters-court zone press to take time off the shot clock, and their forwards are long and athletic and are capable of defending on the perimeter as well as inside. On nights when the offense struggles, the defense can bail out UNCG...
Best-case scenario: The freshmen blend in seamlessly, with the Langley twins in particular flourishing in UNCG’s pressing defense. Dickey, Galloway and Massey earn respect as leaders and take some of the pressure off Isaiah Miller, who plays free and easy on his way to Southern player of the year honors. The Spartans hold their own in the first semester, dominate at home and get the top seed in the conference tournament. They cut down the nets in Asheville and go back to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed.
DID YOU KNOW: The UNC Greensboro defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 27.5 percent of all possessions, which ranks the Spartans 14th among Division I teams. The Georgetown offense has turned the ball over on 22.6 percent of its possessions (ranking the Hoyas 305th, nationally).
Isaiah Miller scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds as UNC Greensboro defeated VMI 74-63 on Sunday in a Southern Conference opener. Kyrin Galloway knocked down 5 of 7 from 3-point range and scored 18 points for the Spartans (5-2). James Dickey added 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. UNC Greensboro outrebounded the Keydets 35-26.
“Our team really is a work in progress,” UNCG coach Wes Miller said. “We understand what our identity needs to be for us to be good. We’re working on building that. We’re still so far away from figuring out who we are offensively. We’re so far away from figuring out our best combinations and our rotation, where guys fit in and their roles. … “That’s OK in November, as long as you keep getting better. But we’re nowhere near hitting our groove. And so you don’t want to play a league game when you’re not hitting your groove. We’re just happy we found a way to win today.”
And the #️⃣1️⃣ play on SportsCenter goes to... pic.twitter.com/8cwSN9J9pD— UNCG Basketball (@UNCGBasketball) November 6, 2019
UNC Greensboro men’s basketball sophomore guard Kaleb Hunter has been named Southern Conference Player of the Week presented by GEICO, the league has announced. Through UNCG’s first three games of the season, the Louisburg, N.C., native is averaging a team-high 19.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
In each of the Spartans’ first two games of the season against North Carolina A&T and No. 3 Kansas respectively, Hunter scored 17 points. He followed up those performances by scoring a career-high 24 points against Averett in the opening game of the Spartan Invitational. Hunter also twice set a new personal best in single game rebounds, collecting seven against North Carolina A&T before tallying 12 against Kansas. With his 17-point, 12-rebound performance against Kansas, Hunter recorded his first career double-double as well.
We protected home court last night, starting conference play with a W. pic.twitter.com/19f7qcgQFz— UNCG Basketball (@UNCGBasketball) November 25, 2019
Incoming freshmen guards include the Langley twins (Keyshaun and Kob) forward Khyre Thompson, forward Dericko Williams, guard Arnas Adomavicius and forward Bas Leyte. Transfer Michael Hueitt, Jr. is also now eligible after sitting out a senior. Hueitt and the Langley brothers will look to make up some of shooting lost by Alonso’s departure.
Senior this year include Malik Massey, Kyrin Galloway and James Dickey. In their three years at UNCG, the Spartans have made one NCAA Tournament and two NITs. Their experience and knowledge of UNCG’s way of operating will be immeasurably important to the squad’s success this season.
In the frontcourt, UNCG certainly has the height, as they start 6’8” Kyrin Galloway and 6’10” James Dickey. However, both Galloway and Dickey weigh in at just 215 pounds, meaning both will be physically overmatched by the 264-pound Omer Yurtseven. Yurtseven leads the Hoyas in points (16.5 per game) and rebounds (9.8 per game) this season, and thus will be fed the ball early and often. It will take a team effort from UNCG, and likely double teams in the post, to slow down Yurtseven. Assuming he can stay out of foul trouble, which was an issue during the last two games, Yurtseven’s combination of size and finishing ability may well be the difference in the game.