Team preview: UNC Greensboro

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Last year UNC Greensboro had two of the league's best players, a deadly inside-outside combination few teams could stop. But that wasn't enough to win.

This season both those players -- Kyle Hines (19.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg) and Ricky Hickman (18.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg) -- are back. Will the Spartans be any better?

"Those two guys had excellent years, and they need to get even better," coach Mike Dement said. "And they've worked hard. But we especially need other guys to get better. We just didn't get a whole lot from our bench.

"As a team we scored plenty of points. We did not rebound or play defense well enough. We've got to make a commitment in those two areas."