South Alabama (7-15) at Troy (7-14)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 6, 8:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Trojan Arena (6,000) -- Troy, Alabama. Television: None. Home Record: USA 7-5, Troy 5-4. Away Record: USA 0-8, Troy 2-8. Neutral Record: USA 0-2, Troy 0-2. Conference Record: USA 1-8, Troy 2-7. Series Record: South Alabama leads, 15-6.
GAME NOTES: The Troy Trojans will try to halt a five-game losing streak on Thursday night, as they host the South Alabama Jaguars in a Sun Belt Conference clash at Trojan Arena.
South Alabama has also been suffering through a run of futility, with losses in four straight games and 10 of the last 11 overall. The Jaguars are just 7-15 on the season, with only one win in nine conference clashes, which has them dead last in the league standings. Following this contest, they will be off until next Thursday when they face Arkansas State.
Troy's string of consecutive losses reached five last Saturday, as the Trojans were dropped by Arkansas State in an 83-73 final, in the first installment of a two-game homestand. They are now 7-14 overall, although they have a leg up on South Alabama in conference play (2-7). A trip to take on Western Kentucky is next on the schedule.
Recent history has favored South Alabama in this rivalry. The Jaguars have won five straight bouts with the Trojans, and lead the all-time series, 15-6.
South Alabama clashed with the Sun Belt's best team the last time out and was routed by Georgia State, 85-65. The Jaguars let the Panthers shoot 63 percent from the floor, while being outscored from 3-point range (30-18), and at the free-throw line (17-7).
The Jaguars are a rather ineffective offensive team, ranking last in the Sun Belt in field goal percentage (.399) and assists (10.8 apg), which has led to a scoring average of 68.6 ppg. They do put forth strong efforts on the boards, leading the conference in that area (38 rpg). Augustine Rubit (16.4 ppg, 9.6 rpg) anchors the team's scoring and rebounding efforts, ranking second in the Sun Belt on the glass. Rubit finished with 16 points against Georgia State, but he only cleared six boards, five of which came on the offensive glass.
Tevin Calhoun and Kevin Thomas each scored 16 points for Troy against Arkansas State, but the Trojans were outscored 21-10 off of turnovers, and 33-21 from 3-point range. The loss came despite a 30-16 scoring edge for Troy in the paint.
Troy is also a relatively weak offensive team, ranking next-to-last in the Sun Belt in field goal percentage (.415), and eighth in both scoring (66.9 ppg) and assists (11.2 apg). Hunter Williams (11.8 ppg) and Antoine Myers (11.7 ppg) are the only two players on the roster averaging in double figures, although the former is only connecting on 33.3 percent of his attempts from the field. Myers tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds against Arkansas State, while Williams managed only eight points on 2-of-10 shooting. However, he did manage to hand out seven assists in the losing effort.
Hostile environments have led to nothing but trouble for South Alabama, which is winless in eight road bouts this season. Troy may not be able to run over the Jaguars, but they should still earn a solid win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Troy 67, South Alabama 63
02/06 10:20:30 ET