Men's Basketball Hosts Crosstown Rival North Carolina A&T Wednesday
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men's basketball team returns to action Wednesday night as the Spartans hosts crosstown rival North Carolina A&T at the Greensboro Coliseum at 7 p.m. The game pits the two NCAA Division I programs that are separated by just three miles from each other in the city of Greensboro. The game will be broadcast on 1320 WCOG AM and will be streamed online at www.uncgspartans.com.
"North Carolina A&T is just a handful of miles away from us and there is a lot of local interest in this game," head coach Wes Miller said. "The game is about a lot of school pride between the two universities and it will be a great atmosphere in the Greensboro Coliseum Wednesday night for our guys."
Wednesday's game marks the 16th meeting all-time between UNCG and North Carolina A&T and the third straight year the teams are meeting after an eight-year hiatus in the series. The Spartans trail the all-time series by a 6-9 margin, but are 6-6 all-time in games played at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Aggies have won both meetings since renewing the rivalry, taking home an 87-65 victory last season and an 82-70 victory in 2010-11.
UNCG enters Wednesday's game with a 1-4 record on the year as the Spartans have defeated Winston-Salem State while dropping games to High Point, East Carolina, Virginia Tech and Rutgers. The Spartans have held a second half lead or been within one possession of the lead in each of their four losses this season.
UNCG leads the Southern Conference and is 40th in NCAA Division I in scoring offense, averaging 78.8 points per game. Junior Trevis Simpson (Douglas, Ga./Coffee) leads the Spartans and the SoCon in scoring as he averages 20.8 points per game. Simpson ranks 30th in the nation in scoring and is 28 points shy of becoming the 19th Spartan all-time to reach the 1,000-career point mark.
Senior guard Derrell Armstrong (Mechanicsville, Md./Allegany) is second on the team and third in the conference in scoring at 17.4 points per game despite coming off the bench in all five games this season. Armstrong is shooting 45.2 percent (14-of-31) from three-point land and is coming off a season-high 25 points against Rutgers.
North Carolina A&T enters Wednesday's game with a 2-5 overall record as the Aggies have defeated Greensboro College and Campbell while dropping games to Utah Valley, Wright State, Cincinnati, Iowa State and Jacksonville State. The Aggies are averaging just 59.0 points per game this season while allowing 66.4 points per game.
Lamont Middleton leads North Carolina A&T in scoring at 12.1 points per game while also dishing out a team-high 19 assists. Jean Louime is second on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game while Austin Witter leads the Aggies on the glass at 6.1 rebounds per game.
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