GREENSBORO, N.C. – Highlighted by 16 home games, including the first-ever visit by North Carolina, UNCG men's basketball head coach Wes Miller announced the 2014-15 schedule Wednesday. Additionally, season tickets will go on sale Wednesday for as low as $129 for all 16 games.
The schedule will see the Spartans play 14 games at the Greensboro Coliseum anchored by visits from UNC, High Point, Elon and UNCW, while also returning to Fleming Gymnasium for two games against NCAA non-Division I programs this season. Additionally, UNCG will travel to Big Ten power Indiana and take part in a multi-team exempt tournament at Eastern Michigan.
"We are excited about our 2014-15 schedule," Miller said. "We have a strong home schedule for our fans with four great in-state games, including the first-ever visit by North Carolina, along with home games against UNCW, High Point and Elon. In addition, playing in a multi-team event comprised of strong mid-major programs and playing three games in three days not only boosts our schedule, but it helps prepare us for the rigors of playing in a conference tournament."
The Spartans, who do not have any open exhibition games this season, kick off the 2014-15 season Friday Nov. 14 in a turn back the clock game returning to Fleming Gymnasium on campus hosting Chowan on the first night of college basketball. UNCG has not played a regular season home game at Fleming since hosting Samford Jan. 23, 2010. The Chowan game is part of the multi-team exempt Eastern Michigan Tournament.
The Spartans hold their Greensboro Coliseum opener Tuesday, Nov. 18 hosting instate foe UNCW. This marks the second straight season UNCG has hosted back-to-back home games to open the season. The Spartans hit the road for the first time the following weekend travelling to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the EMU Tournament Nov. 21-23. UNCG will play three games in three days against Youngstown State, Longwood and the host Eagles. The finalized tournament schedule will be released at a later date.
UNCG closes out the month of November playing at five-time NCAA National Champion Indiana the day after Thanksgiving. This marks the second trip for the Spartans in program-history to Bloomington as they dropped a 71-64 contest Nov. 21, 2003 at Assembly Hall.
The Spartans return home and continues their rivalry series against Triad foe High Point Dec. 1 at the Greensboro Coliseum. This is the third straight year UNCG and HPU have met on the hardwood after not meeting for almost 10 seasons.
After a road trip to Presbyterian (Dec. 5), the Spartans host a rare midweek afternoon game against Greensboro College at 11:30 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. The game is part of Guilford County Schools Education Day where GCS middle school students will attend the day on a school-sponsored field trip.
UNCG opens Southern Conference play Dec. 13 when it travels to Johnson City, Tenn., for a meeting against returning league member East Tennessee State. The meeting marks the 19th contest all-time against the Buccaneers and the first meeting since 2005, the last year ETSU was in the league.
After a break for final exams, the Spartans return to the Greensboro Coliseum and hosts North Carolina Tuesday, Dec. 16. This is the first time UNC has travelled to UNCG for a game in program history and only the second time the two schools have met. Last year, the Spartans travelled to Chapel Hill and was the return of Miller to the Dean Smith Center after his playing career.
UNCG continue non-conference play by hosting former conference rival Elon (Dec. 20) and travelling to East Carolina (Dec. 28). The Spartans' last non-league game will be on New Year's Eve as they turn back the clock once again, welcoming in Mars Hill to Fleming Gymnasium at 2 p.m.
The Southern Conference moves to a balanced 18-game schedule with 10 members this season as the Spartans will play all nine league opponents home-and-home. The 2015 calendar year kicks off Jan. 3 as the Spartans host new member and NCAA Tournament participant from last year Mercer before welcoming in The Citadel Jan. 5. League play continues at Furman (Jan. 8), at Western Carolina (Jan. 10), home against VMI (Jan. 14), at Samford (Jan. 22), at Chattanooga (Jan. 24), home against Wofford (Jan. 29) and Western Carolina (Jan. 31).
"Having a balanced SoCon schedule this season is a welcomed change," Miller said. "It will help not only in building rivalries between the teams, but will raise the level of competition seeing each team in the league twice during the year. The SoCon is going to be a battle every night and will be highly competitive all the way through the tournament.
The Spartans open February by playing four of their first five games on the road with games at VMI (Feb. 4), The Citadel (Feb. 7), Mercer (Feb. 14) and Wofford (Feb. 19) surrounding a home contest against ETSU (Feb. 12). UNCG closes out the regular season with three straight at home, hosting Furman Feb. 22, Samford Feb. 26 and Chattanooga Feb. 28 for senior night.
The 2015 Southern Conference Tournament will once again be played in Asheville at the U.S. Cellular Center March 6-9. All 10 teams qualify for the tournament with the top four seeds earning a bye into the quarterfinals Saturday. The SoCon Tournament Final will be held Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m.