UNC Greensboro (0-0) vs. North Carolina A&T (0-0)
Date: November 5, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Facility: Greensboro Coliseum
Series: A&T leads, 11-8
Radio: ESPN Triad Radio, 1320AM/1230 AM/93.7 FM/104.9 FM
PROBABLE STARTERS: G Andre Jackson (6-4, 175, Sr.); G Kameron Langley (6-2, 205, Jr.); G Kwe Parker (6-0, 181, Jr.); F Ronald Jackson (6-8, 205, Sr.); C Devin Haygood (6-8, 180, R-Sr.).
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T can make a huge statement tonight against a formidable UNC Greensboro program that was the No. 1 overall seed last season in the NIT postseason tournament. The Aggies return only one starter from a team that finished the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) regular-season standings. That one starter is pretty good in point guard Kameron Langley who has led the MEAC in assist-to-turnover ratio the past two seasons. The Aggies also return some key reserves from last season who could become starters this season in Ronald Jackson and Andre Jackson. Both could see their roles increased after being key contributors a year ago. The Aggies are not without their newcomers as well. Three Division I transfers will open the season for N.C. A&T in Youngstown State transfer Devin Haygood, VCU transfer Tyler Maye and Tennessee transfer Kwe Parker. Jay Joyner is coming into his fifth season and has led the Aggies to 39 wins over the past two seasons.
UNCG OVERVIEW: The Spartans got some sympathy last season from the national media for being an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after they lost in the Southern Conference tournament. They did get a bid to the NIT where they were the No. 1 overall seed. They eventually lost to Lipscomb at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Spartans are led by head coach Wes Miller who has turned UNCG to one of the better mid-major programs in the country. Miller’s program lost a lot of firepower from last season’s team in Francis Alonso who averaged 17.6 points per game and made 98 3-pointers. But they do return Isaiah Miller who had 16 points in UNCG’s win in Corbett Sports Center last season. They also return center James Dickey who averaged 7.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game last season. UNCG also has another effective big man in Kyrin Galloway. Galloway had nine points and nine rebounds in last season’s contest.
News & Notes:
The Aggies are looking to end a two-game losing streak to the Spartans. The Spartans longest winning streak in the series is four games. The Aggies won the first five matchups.
Aggies point guard Kameron Langley broke the single-season school record for assists last season with 208. Over his first two seasons, Langley has dished out 385 assists to only 152 turnovers. He needs 198 assists to break the school’s career record.
time. In conference play, the Aggies have found different sources of production. Four Aggies are averaging in double figures in MEAC play with McGowens, Olujobi (10.7), Denzel Keyes (10.7) and Aaren Edmead (10.2).
For the third straight season, the Aggies will not return their leading scorer. Their 2016-17 leading scorer Sam Hunt transferred to N.C. State as a graduate. The Aggies 2017-18 leading scorer Femi Olujobi transferred as a graduate. Last season’s leading scorer Qua Copeland had one year of eligibility remaining when he came to N.C. A&T.