UNC Greensboro Spartans

General Information

NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Southern Conference
Past Conferences: Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Big South Conference
City: Greensboro, North Carolina
Arena: Greensboro Coliseum Complex
NCAA Tournaments: 4 (1996, 2001, 2018, 2021)


National Championships : 0
Conference Titles : 9 (1981, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2017, 2018, 2021 )

Team History

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro opened in 1892 as a women’s college. The school operated under several different names over the years, and in 1932 the name was changed to The Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina. In the spring of 1963, the name was changed to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and men were first admitted as part of the general student body in 1964.

The school’s first basketball team played an abbreviated 13-game schedule as an independent in 1967-68 and joined the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference the following year as a Division III school. The Spartans won the Dixie conference tournament in 1980. UNC Greensboro climbed the ladder and spent several seasons as a Division II school and became a Division I school for the 1991-92 season.

After one year as an independent, the Spartans joined the Big South Conference for the 1992-93 season. The Spartans qualified for the NCAA Tournament in just their fifth season as a Division I program. The 15th-seeded Spartans gave No. 2 Cincinnati a battle but came up a little short in a 66-61 loss to the Bearcats.

UNC Greensboro joined the Southern Conference in time for the 1997-98 season and won the conference tournament on three occasions, which sent them back to the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans are still seeking their first NCAA Tournament victory.

UNC Greensboro Spartans All-Time Records

Points Scored

Kyle Hines, 2,187
Francis Alonso, 2,142
Isaiah Miller, 1,967


James Dickey,1,060
Kyle Hines, 1,047
Ben Stywall, 961


Courtney Eldridge, 584
Scott Hartzell, 552
Demetrius Troy, 453

UNC Greensboro Spartans FAQs

Who Is the Best Player To Come From UNC Greensboro?

Statistically, there’s no doubt Kyle Hines is the best player to play for the Spartans. The team’s all-time leading scorer and No. 2 in all-time rebounds, Hines is just one of six NCAA players to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocked shots. While undrafted in the NBA, Hines has had a nice career overseas, playing primarily in EuroLeague.

How Long Has UNC Greensboro Been Called the Spartans?

UNC Greensboro adopted the Spartans nickname in 1967. According to the college, “The Spartan epitomizes courage and perseverance.

Has UNC Greensboro Ever Beaten a Ranked Team?

The Spartans are still searching for their first victory against a ranked opponent, sporting an 0-27 record against teams in the AP poll. While an excellent small-school program, UNC Greensboro has had problems against the big in-state schools, going a combined 1-35 against North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Wake Forest. The lone win occurred when the Spartans defeated N.C. State 81-76 on the road December 16th, 2017.

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