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, 1-0.
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 contributors.
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 top-notch defense.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kansas State 68, Troy 60
12/15 10:32:42 ET