GREENSBORO — Basketball practice starts today for the UNCG men’s team, the first in five years without the greatest guard in the program’s history.

Francis Alonso, the most important recruit during Wes Miller’s eight seasons as head coach, is playing pro basketball in Spain now.

And yet as a new season dawns, there is plenty of optimism around the Spartans, who are 81-25 (.764) the last three seasons with an NCAA Tournament and two NIT berths.

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