Troy vs. Western Kentucky: Full Game Preview

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Troy vs. Western Kentucky: Full Game Preview
Troy
(9-12, 2-7 away)
Western Kentucky
(11-11, 8-3 home)
Venue: E.A. Diddle Arena
8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT, January 31, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Troy E Jones 11.2 R Chambers 6.0 H Williams 3.5
Western Kentucky J Crook 14.5 B Harris 6.5 J Crook 4.5

Western Kentucky plays host to Troy at E.A. Diddle Arena on Thursday. It gets started at 8:00 EST and you can catch it on HSSN/ESPN3.com. The Hilltoppers defeated the Trojans 75-71 on December 1st and are 4-6 against them over the past four years.

Western Kentucky is in 6th place in the Sun Belt and needs to hold off Troy who sit just south in 8th place.

The Hilltoppers were defeated by Middle Tennessee State 72-53 on January 26th despite 14 points from Kevin Kaspar. While contributing 2.6 rebounds per game, he also scores 6.4 points per game. In a 71-64 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on January 26th, Hunter Williams put up 15 points for the Trojans. He is averaging 9.3 points per game and leads the team in assists with 3.5 per game. Troy ranks 1st in their conference in turnover percentage at 17.0, which also places them 20th in the country.

Troy StatSmack

  • Even computers respect Western Kentucky more. We have a better RPI this season than Troy (RPI: #84 vs #317).
  • Brandon Harris is ranked 6th in the Sun Belt in rebounds.
  • Western Kentucky players are more experienced than Troy players (10,054 minutes played vs 5,526 minutes played).
  • Western Kentucky can actually jump, with more rebounds (38.8 per game vs 33.2 per game) than Troy this season.
  • Jamal Crook is ranked 10th in the Sun Belt in points, 3rd in the Sun Belt in assists, and 6th in the Sun Belt in steals.
  • It's only wins and losses, but Western Kentucky has a better overall record than Troy this season (10-5 vs 5-9).
  • Western Kentucky has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (0.644 to 0.477).
  • The Western Kentucky assist leader (Jamal Crook) has more assists than the Troy assist leader (Antoine Myers).
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Western Kentucky has a stronger schedule than Troy this season (SOS Rank: #134 vs #332).
  • George Fant is ranked 7th in the Sun Belt in rebounds and 10th in the Sun Belt in blocks.
  • Boom! Western Kentucky defeated Troy by 4 points the last time they played (Dec 01, 2012).
TROY Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Emil Jones 32 11 6 3 2 1 1
C- Hunter Williams 34 9 2 4 1 0 2
D+ Antoine Myers 24 9 3 3 1 0 2
D+ Ray Chambers 21 7 6 0 0 0 1
D Deonata Jethroe 18 6 3 0 0 0 1
D Tevin Calhoun 19 6 3 1 0 0 1
D R.J. Scott 20 5 2 1 0 0 1
D Westley Hinton 13 4 3 1 0 0 1
D Justin Wright 12 3 2 1 0 0 1
D Josh Warren 13 2 3 0 0 1 1
D Jeff Mullahey 13 3 1 0 1 0 1
F Breon Dixon 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
F Sidki Muwallif 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
WKU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Jamal Crook 31 14 3 5 2 0 2
C Brandon Harris 32 9 6 2 1 0 2
C George Fant 29 12 6 1 1 1 3
C T.J. Price 31 14 4 2 1 0 3
C- Teeng Akol 17 7 4 1 0 1 1
C- Kevin Kaspar 26 6 3 2 1 0 2
D+ O`Karo Akamune 14 3 3 0 1 0 1
D Spence Sheldon 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Stephon Drane 8 3 2 0 1 0 1
D Percy Blade 12 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Aleksejs Rostov 10 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Eddie Alcantara 6 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Kene Anyigbo 8 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Marcus Vasquez 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D- Caden Dickerson 19 3 1 1 1 0 1
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