2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: UNC Greensboro MTE

Ryan Daly. Remember the name. The reigning CAA Rookie of the Year will look to lead Delaware to a conference title in 2017-18. (Source: Delaware Athletics)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and while there’s a debate on Twitter as to when the season actually starts, it can’t get here soon enough.

Schedules are being released with each passing weekday, and many of them feature early-season tournaments and multi-team events all throughout non-conference play. According to Chris Dobbertean and Blogging the Bracket, there are over 30 multi-team tournaments, and another handful of neutral site showcases and non-exempt events.

So, with the season coming up, we thought we would go through and preview all of the early-season tournaments, the non-exempt tournaments, and a wide array of the neutral site showcase events. In total, we will preview 75 different events over the course of the next 75 days, culminating on opening day.

We selected the events at random, and have broken some up into two pieces, like the Phil Knight Invitational, since there are two separate brackets.

Today, we take a look at the field for the 2017 UNC Greensboro MTE.

Event: UNC Greensboro MTE
Location: Greensboro, NC
Dates: November 20th – 22nd, 2017
Number of Teams: Four (Three Division I, One non-Division I)
2016-17 Winner: N/A


UNC Greensboro MTE: 2015-16 Results

Back in the 2015-16 season, the UNC Greensboro Spartans hosted the Spartan Showcase in Greensboro, North Carolina. All of the games were played inside the Greensboro Coliseum.

The event featured the Jacksonville DolphinsNavy Midshipmen, and the IPFW Mastodons.

Here are the results from those games, which took place from November 27 – 29, 2015.

IPFW 71, Jacksonville 63
Navy 70, UNC Greensboro 66

Navy 71, Jacksonville 65
IPFW 64, UNC Greensboro 58

Navy 75, IPFW 53
UNC Greensboro 71, Jacksonville 69


2017 Field

The 2017 Spartan Classic, hosted by UNC Greensboro, features three Division I teams and one non-Division I team at the main portion of the event in Greensboro, NC. There are a handful of other games that are played on campus sites over the course of November, but aren’t featured over the three-day event.

Over the three day event, the Delaware Blue Hens are the only team to play a game on each day. Three games in three days will be a big test for a young Delaware team, but it will also be a nice test early on in the season to see where they stack up heading towards conference play.

Ryan Daly. Remember the name.

Last season, Daly took home CAA Rookie of the Year honours for his efforts on the court, and he was also named to the All-CAA Third Team. Daly averaged team-highs in both points (16.0 ppg) and rebounds (7.4 rpg), while also shooting 42.5% from the field for the season. He’s the undisputed star of the team, and has a bright, bright future ahead of him.

Add in the return of fellow guard Anthony Mosley (10.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.5 apg), and the Blue Hens have themselves a back court tandem that could steal them a few games in 2017-18.


After losing their star forward to the VCU Rams by way of the transfer market, and guard Darrion Allen to graduation, the Longwood Lancers have some big shoes to fill this season. With that said, the addition of transfer B.K. Ashe and the return of several intriguing pieces provide a sense of optimism around the program in 2017-18.

Ashe comes to the Lancers by way of the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, where he played three seasons. In 2015-16, Ashe led the Mountaineers in scoring, averaging 13.8 points per contest. The 6’1” guard instantly becomes one of the top guards in the Big South Conference, and is one half of one of the top guard tandems in the Big South, alongside Isaiah Walton.

Walton is the team’s top returning scorer from last season, as he averaged 13.9 points to go along with 3.2 assists per game.


Lastly, the host UNC Greensboro Spartans arguably lose the most on offense out of the three Division I teams, but having home court advantage in a multi-team event isn’t something that can be overlooked.

The Spartans bid adieu to R.J. White and Diante Baldwin following the 2016-17 season, which will hurt on both ends of the floor. UNC Greensboro does return guard Francis Alonso, who led the Spartans in scoring a year ago (14.9 ppg), and who is one of the more underrated scoring guards in the Southern Conference.

In an effort to replace the production lost from the two departures, the Spartans will need big seasons from the likes of forward Marvin Smith and guard Demetrius Troy. Smith finished fourth on the team in scoring last season, averaging 9.1 points per contest in just over 26 minutes of court time per night.

UNC Greensboro also added transfer forward Eric Hamilton this off-season, who will provide depth to the front court rotation in 2018-19.


Schedule

November 20th, 2017 (Greensboro Coliseum)

Delaware Blue Hens @ UNC Greensboro Spartans

November 21st, 2017 (Greensboro Coliseum)

Delaware Blue Hens v. North Carolina Wesleyan
Longwood Lancers @ UNC Greensboro Spartans

November 22nd, 2017 (Fleming Coliseum)

Longwood Lancers v. Delaware Blue Hens


Projections

Delaware @ UNC Greensboro
Winner: Delaware Blue Hens

Delaware v. North Carolina Wesleyan
Winner: Delaware Blue Hens

Longwood @ UNC Greensboro
Winner: UNC Greensboro Spartans

Delaware v. Longwood
Winner: Delaware Blue Hens

– T. Bennett