GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG men's basketball looks to bounce back from a one-possession loss to visiting ACC side NC State this past Sunday, facing the University of Vermont in Burlington this Wednesday.
Of the Spartans' three losses in the current campaign, the first came against now No. 1 ranked Kansas in Lawrence, and the latest came against a State squad that received votes in the most recent Coaches Poll. This Wednesday's matchup with the Catamounts is set to be a grudge match, with both the Spartan (9th) and Vermont (20th) defenses ranking within the top-20 in points allowed per game.
-- UNCG has played the Catamounts just twice in program history, last facing Vermont in 1992
-- Vermont leads the all-time series 2-0, beating the Spartans 72-52 in Vermont on November 30, 1991 and 86-71 in Greensboro on December 7, 1992
Five Facts To Know
-- The Spartans were ranked 80th in the first round of NET rankings this Monday, higher than any other team in the SoCon, CAA, Big South, Big Sky, Big West, Sun Belt, OVC, WAC, Summit League, Horizon, America East, NEC, MAAC, Patriot, SWAC or MEAC
-- UNCG's defense ranks ninth in all of Division I basketball, allowing just 57.2 points per game. NC State is the only team to reach 80 points against Spartans this year, while No. 1 Kansas is the only other squad to break 70
-- Guard Isaiah Miller has poured in an average of 26 points per game over his past three performances, scoring 21 in the second half of the Spartans' matchup against State, for a total of 26
-- James Dickey and Kyrin Galloway are the top-two shot-blockers in all of the Southern Conference. Dickey's 25 rejections rank 29th in the country, while Galloway's 23 sit 35th
-- With his 26 points against the Wolfpack, Isaiah Miller jumps Kevin Oleksiak on the Spartan all-time scoring list, he now ranks 25th in school history with 1,023 overall
-- Vermont has allowed just 58.9 points per game this season, while the team's 35.9 field goal percentage defense ranks eighth in the country
-- The Catamount offense revolves around the perimeter, with the squad ranking 27th in three point field goal attempts (295)
-- Two of Vermont's four losses on the season have come against teams ranking within the top-60 of this Monday's NET rankings, including No. 9 Virginia
Coming Up Next
The Spartans return to Greensboro for a three-game homestand, starting off with a Saturday tip-off against Northern Kentucky inside Fleming Gymnasium. UNCG has never played the Norse, meeting the Horizon League member for the first time in program history.
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