UNCG Men’s Basketball to Rematch Samford Wednesday in Alabama
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) men’s basketball team travels to rematch Southern Conference (SoCon) foe the Samford Bulldogs on Wednesday night at the Pete Hanna Center. Both teams are on a four-game win streak.
The two teams, as well as Furman, are in a three-way tie for first place in the conference.
The Spartans are 18-9 overall and 12-2 in the SoCon, while the Bulldogs are 18-9 overall and 12-2 in the conference. UNCG has a 6-0 record against SoCon teams away from Greensboro.
Where: Pete Hana Center | Birmingham, Ala.
When: Wednesday, February 15
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
LAST TIME OUT
UNCG came up big with a 97-89 overtime victory over Wofford on Sunday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum.
This was the fourth game this season scoring 90 or more points.
Five from UNCG reached double figures, with Keyshaun Langley leading the team with a career-high 27 points.
Mohammed Abdulsalam was second for the Spartans with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
His 14 boards were a game high. This was his fourth double-double of the season and fifth of his career.
Keondre Kennedy scored 18 points, while Mikeal Brown-Jones and Dante Treacy had 15 and 13 points, respectively.
This was the sixth game this season making double-digit three pointers (11).
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
UNCG is leading the conference in field goal percentage defense (40.3), scoring defense (63.8), three-point percentage defense (31.0).
Among the nation, the Spartans are 29th in field goal percentage (40.3), 35th in scoring defense (63.8), 44th in three point percentage defense (31.0), 60th in scoring margin (8.1), 66th in assist/turnover ratio (1.24) and turnover margin (1.9), 67th in defensive rebounds per game (26.41), 77th in assists per game (14.9), 85th in winning percentage (66.7), 87th in steals per game (7.4), 91st in rebounds per game (36.67), 96th in turnovers forced per game (13.89).
In the nation, Kobe Langley is 23rd in steals (54) and assist/turnover ratio (2.75), 41st in steals per game (2.00).
Kobe’s 54 steals are leading the conference, along with his assist/turnover ratio and steals per game.
His twin brother, Keyshaun Langley is also ranked in the nation: 25th in three point percentage (41.8), 33rd in total three point field goals made (74), 42nd in steals (50), 53rd in three pointers per game (2.74), 69th in three point attempts (177), 75th in steals per game (1.85),
The Spartans are outscoring opponents, 72.0-63.8, and outrebounding their foes 36.7-33.6.
Keyshaun (14.3), Keondre Kennedy (13.3), and Brown-Jones (10.6) are leading the Spartans in points per game.
Abdulsalam (7.0) and Kennedy (6.1) are leading the team in rebounds per game.
· Head Coach Mike Jones earned his 200th career win as a head coach on Wednesday, January 4 with the win over Chattanooga at the Greensboro Coliseum.
· He had 174 wins with Radford and currently has 28 victories with the Spartans.
· Kennedy scored his 1,000 career point during the first half in a 88-80 victory against Furman on Jan. 14 in Greenville, S.C.
· Keyshaun scored his 1,000 career point during the first half of a 62-50 win over VMI at the Greensboro Coliseum.
UNCG RECORD BOOK FACTS
· Keyshaun is seventh all time in career steals (155), passing his father, Keyford Langley who had 140. Demetrius Troy is sixth with 160.
· Keyshaun is eighth all time in career three point field goals (202), 7th all time is Marvin Smith (200).
· Kobe Langley tied for 10th all time in career steals (139).
· Mohammed Abdulsalam is the UNCG leader in career games played (151).
· Abdulsalam is eighth in career rebounds (695), seventh is Demetrius Cherry (722).’
Samford is leading the conference in bench points per game (27.22), free throw attempts per game (23.3), free throws made per game (17.6), steals per game (7.7), and turnovers forced per game (14.70).
Among the nation, the Bulldogs are among the top 50 in five categories: seventh in free throws made per game, 12th in free throw attempts per game, 23rd in bench points per game, 40th in three point attempts per game, 45th in scoring offense.
A.J. Staton-McCray is the only Bulldog that is ranked in the top 100 in the nation in a category, sitting 84th in steals with 45.
Ques Glover is averaging 15.0 points per game, while Logan Dye and Jermaine Marshall is averaging 14.0 and 12.0, respectively.
Marshall is leading the Bulldogs with 6.5 rebounds per game.
Bubba Parham is dishing out 2.51 assists per game.
Samford is outscoring opponents 77.9-70.7 and out rebounding them 36.1-33.0.
The Spartans will turn around and head to Chattanooga for a game on Saturday, February 18 with a start time of noon. This game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
UNCG returns home for a mid-week contest against Western Carolina on Wednesday, February 22 at 7 pm. Prior to the game UNCG will recognize its seniors.
· UNCG is 20-13 all-time against Samford.
· The Bulldogs edged the Spartans most recently, 70-68 on January 7 in Greensboro, N.C.
· Last season, the Spartans split the series.
· In the SoCon Quarterfinal game last year, Samford won 66-64.
· Prior to the two losses last year, UNCG had won 11-straight games against Samford dating back to February 4, 2017
Courtesy of Denise Archetto
Assistant Athletic Director For Strategic Communications