GREENSBORO, N.C. — With only a few days before it learns its NCAA Tournament fate, UNC Greensboro's basketball team is hitting the campaign trail.
The Spartans fell to Wofford in the Southern Conference championship game Monday night, putting a sizable dent in their NCAA Tournament hopes. But the Spartans aren't giving up that March Madness spirit yet.
"We were so close but we couldn't get over the hump," Head Coach Wes Miller said about the loss, "So I think that we've been really down about that the last couple of days just the missed opportunity."
But Miller says the team isn't dwelling on that. Instead, they're looking ahead.
"We are in contention for an at-large bid for the first time in the history of this program," he said, "That's even a really unique thing for any mid-major program."
UNCG has started a hashtag - #UNCGatlarge - and compared their tournament resumes to other power 5 conference schools like Ohio State, Indiana, Clemson and Texas.
"We really wanted to kind of use our outlets to get that message across," said Stephen Czarda with the Athletics Department, "Any chance we can get to get it out there - "UNCG at large" - especially here in North Carolina, where it is such a rabid fan base for basketball, we jumped at the opportunity."
The Spartans have a worthy argument, as they broke a school record with 28 wins, a 15-3 conference record, 11 road victories and the 31st-ranked resume. Since UNCG didn’t win its conference tournament and the mid-major conferences usually just get one bid, the Spartans face longer odds to reach the big dance.
UNCG also bought a billboard showing the hashtag.
Meanwhile, the Spartans and the rest of college basketball wait for the selection show Sunday at 6 p.m. You can watch on WFMY News 2.