Monday, February 22, 2021

Game #24 - UNCG

The Catamounts remain at home in their two-game homestand, to host the league-leading and  15th ranked ( Mid-Major Top 25) Spartans of UNC Greensboro in a home and home series that will conclude Wednesday in Greensboro. This will be the first meeting with the Spartans this season. This game was originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

When: Monday, February 22, 2020, at 5 pm
Where:  Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, NC
-announcers:  -   Gary Ayers 
TV/video:  ESPN+ 
-announcers:  -  Daniel Hooker  (Play by Play) Jeff Bryson (Color Analyst)
Official Athletic SiteUNCG
UNCG Message Board:  UNCGFans

The Series: The Catamounts and Spartans meet for the 56th time in a series that started in 1979. The Cats own a 35-25 record versus the Spartans. WCU is coming into the game off a loss 9 game skid, last winning in Cullowhee in January 2016.  
Mark Prosser's record vs. the Spartans:  0-4

UNCG Head Coach: Wes Miller
Wes Miller's Record at UNCG:    178-133   /  10th season
- nnder Wes Miller, UNCG is 9-7 all-time against Western Carolina.  

Spartan's record this season (2020-21): 16-7 overall, 11-4 SoCon, 7-2 home, 9-3 away, 1-2 neutral
Spartan's record last season (2019-20): 23-9 overall, 13-5  SoCon, 14-4 home, 9-4 away, 0-1 neutral

Game Notes:    Western Carolina       -    UNCG

Key Returners: Isaiah Miller, Kaleb Hunter, Keyshaun Langley, Angelo Allegri, Michael Hueitt Jr.
Key Losses: James Dickey, Malik Massey, Kyrin Galloway
Key Newcomers: Jarrett Hensley, AJ McGinnis, Hayden Koval (Central Arkansas)

As a team this season, UNCG is 13th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (13.0), 24th in rebounding (39.8), 31st in total blocked shots (91), and 28th in turnover margin (+3.5). The Spartan total of 915 rebounds is seventh overall. UNCG is 33rd nationally in total steals (166).
While senior guard Isaiah Miller has been the headliner for the Spartans, this season has been far from a solo act. Miller (steals), Hayden Koval (blocked shots), and Mohammed Abdulsalam (offensive rebounding) leads the SoCon in those respective categories. 
Kaleb Hunter fueled a huge road win at The Citadel with a season-high 22 points. Angelo Allergi's 16 points made the difference in a victory at Mercer. Keyshaun Langley has scored in double figures in five straight games. Kobe Langley has delivered key minutes and grabbed four rebounds in each of UNCG's last two games.
During the Spartans' seven-game winning streak, freshmen Jarrett Hensley and A.J. McGinnis delivered critical contributions. Khyre Thompson and Bas Leyte enjoyed shining moments that have enhanced UNCG's season.

The Spartans, are in first place with only three regular-season games remaining. UNCG and Furman have four conference losses each, everybody else has at least six conference losses.