Troy (4-3) at Kansas State (6-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 15, 6 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) -- Manhattan, Kansas.
Television: FSN-MW, KC, MASN2. Home Record: Troy 4-0, K-State 5-1. Away
Record: Troy 0-3, K-State 1-2. Neutral Record: Troy 0-0, K-State 0-0.
Conference Record: Troy 0-0, K-State 0-0. Series Record: Kansas State leads,
GAME NOTES: The Kansas State Wildcats will attempt to close out their four-
game homestand unbeaten on Sunday afternoon, as they take on the Troy Trojans
at Bramlage Coliseum.
Troy recently enjoyed a two-game homestand in which it defeated Alcorn State
(73-70 in 2OT) and Alabama State (85-69) to move to 4-3 on the season. Despite
the Trojans' perfect 4-0 ledger on their home floor, they have not fared well
on the road with losses in all three away tilts.
Kansas State endured a much tougher-than-expected bout versus South Dakota on
Tuesday night, but managed to come away with a 64-62 win for its second
consecutive one-possession triumph. The Wildcats are now winners of four in a
row and are situated at 6-3 overall, including 5-1 at Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State won the only previous meeting with Troy in November of 2011, 64-60.
The Trojans shot their way to victory last Saturday versus Alabama State,
shooting 54.4 percent from the field as they pulled away for the 16-point
triumph. Kevin Thomas and Antoine Myers were both outstanding with 19 points,
with Thomas making it a double-double with 11 rebounds and Myers dishing out
six assists. Jeff Mullahey drained 3-of-6 from 3-point range off the bench en
route to 16 points, while Wes Hinton chipped in 11 points. Points haven't
always come easily for Troy, as it shoots a modest 43.6 percent from the field
for 73.3 points per game, but luckily its stout play at the defensive end of
the floor (68.6 ppg) has helped overcome its shortcomings. Myers (13.6 ppg)
and Thomas (12.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg) are the leading contributors, with each making
field goal attempts at greater than 57 percent efficiency. Hunter Williams
(10.1 ppg) rounds out the double-digit scorers, but his production comes with
a rather dreadful percentage from the floor (.277).
The Wildcats grabbed hold of a two-point lead versus South Dakota with under
five minutes to play on a Shane Southwell 3-pointer, and while their advantage
never grew to more than four points down the stretch, they also never gave the
lead back. Despite disappointing showings from the field (24-of-62) and the
foul line (10-of-20), they were able to hold on to win by boasting comfortable
advantages in rebounding (39-32) and turnovers (18-13). Marcus Foster and
Southwell were the catalysts with 18 and 17 points, respectively, while Thomas
Gipson put up 13 points and eight rebounds. K-State has had an even more
difficult time than Troy scoring points this season (65.3 ppg), but its
scoring defense (61.2 ppg) ranks 15th in the nation. Foster scores a team-best
14.4 points per game despite shooting less than 38 percent from the field.
Gipson (12.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and Southwell (10.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg) are also regular
Although both teams have been playing well of late, Troy's woes on the road
will be difficult to overcome against a Kansas State squad that has played
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kansas State 68, Troy 60
12/15 10:32:42 ET
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