UNCG Men’s Basketball Concludes Regular Season at ETSU
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) men’s basketball team will conclude the regular season on the road, visiting Southern Conference (SoCon) foe ETSU on Saturday, February 25 with a tip off at 4 p.m. at Freedom Hall.
The Spartans are 20-10 overall and 14-3 in the SoCon, while the Buccaneers are 11-19 overall and 7-10 in the conference.
Where: Freedom Hall | Johnson City, Tenn.
When: Saturday, February 25
Time: 4 PM
Currently the Spartans are tied for second place with Furman with conference records of 14-3. Here are some situations to lookout for:
· In the event of a three-way tie between Samford, Furman, and UNCG at 15-3, the Spartans would be the No. 3 seed.
· If Furman and UNCG are tied head-to-head, the two teams split their meetings, but Furman has a win over Samford and would earn the higher seed, so the Spartans would be the No. 3 seed.
· UNCG would be the No. 2 seed with a win versus ETSU and a Furman loss versus Samford.
LAST TIME OUT
UNCG defeated Western Carolina, 71-52 on Wednesday night at home.
With the win, the Spartans reached 20 victories this season.
This is the first time under Head Coach Mike Jones reaching the 20-win mark.
This is the sixth time in Jones’ career that he has reached 20 or more victories as a head coach.
Keyshaun Langley paced the game with a career-high 28 points, while Keondre Kennedy was the only other Spartan with double figures, scoring 14.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
UNCG is leading the conference in field goal percentage defense (40.3) rebound margin (3.8), rebounds per game (37.10), and scoring defense (64.5).
Among the nation, the Spartans are 24th in field goal percentage defense (40.3), 39th in scoring defense (64.5), 53rd in defensive rebounds per game (26.70), 56th in scoring margin (8.1), 63rd in assist/turnover ratio (1.25), 64th in rebounds per game (37.10), 65th in rebound margin (3.8), 67th in turnover margin (1.8), 72nd in assists per game (14.8), 76th in three point percentage defense (32.0), 85th in winning percentage (66.7), 96th in steals per game (7.3), 99th in turnovers per game (11.8).
In the nation, Kobe Langley(Southwest Guilford HS) is 19th in assist/turnover margin (2.82), 34th in steals (56), 65th in steals per game (1.87).
Kobe’s 56 steals are leading the conference, along with his assist/turnover ratio and steals per game.
His twin brother, Keyshaun Langley(Southwest Guilford HS) is also ranked in the nation: 16th in three point percentage (42.6), 18th in total three point field goals made (86), 44th in steals (54), 34th in three pointers per game (2.87), 50th in three point attempts (202), 81st in steals per game (1.80),
The Spartans are outscoring opponents, 72.6-64.5, and outrebounding their foes 37.1-33.3.
Keyshaun (14.8), Keondre Kennedy (13.5), and Brown-Jones (10.2) are leading the Spartans in points per game.
Abdulsalam (7.1) 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.
· Dante Treacy (107) and Kobe Langley (103) both bypassed the 100 assist mark this season.
UNCG RECORD BOOK FACTS
· Keyshaun is seventh all time in career steals (159), passing his father, Keyford Langley who had 140. Demetrius Troy is sixth with 160.
· Kobe Langley tied for ninth all time in career steals (141), also passing his father.
· Keyshaun is sixth all time in career three point field goals (214), fifth all time is Jay Joseph (261).
· Mohammed Abdulsalam is the UNCG leader in career games played (154).
· Abdulsalam is eighth in career rebounds (720), seventh is Demetrius Cherry (722).
The Bucs defeated The Citadel 78-70 on Wednesday.
Prior to the win, they lost to Furman and Western Carolina.
Among the nation, ETSU is 64th in three point percentage defense (31.8), 71st in fastbreak points (11.70), and 76th in fouls per game (15.7).
ETSU is leading the conference in three point percentage defense.
Nationally, Jordan King is ranked 45th in field goal attempts, 47th in minutes per game 53rd in three point attempts.
Jalen Haynes is ranked nationally in field goal percentage (34th), and free throw attempts (55th).
King is leading the team averaging 15.17 points per game, while Haynes is second with 14.50 and Deanthony Tipler averages 10.43.
Jaden Seymour is leading the team with 7.44 rebounds per game, while Haynes is second with 6.37.
King also is leading the team in assists per game (3.26), steals per game (1.13).
ETSU holds a slight edge over opponents in scoring, 69.7-69.2, points per game.
Following all SoCon games on Saturday, the Spartans will learn their fate in the 2023 SoCon Tournament.
The Tournament will take place in Asheville, N.C. at the Harrah Cherokee Center.
· ETSU leads the series 20-19.
· The two teams split the series during the 2021-22 season.
· The Spartans defeated the Buccaneers 91-65 on ESPNU at home on February 7 this season.
Courtesy of Denise Archetto
Assistant Athletic Director For Strategic Communications