Troy vs. Arkansas State: Full Game Preview

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Troy vs. Arkansas State: Full Game Preview
Troy
(11-17, 2-11 away)
Arkansas State
(17-9, 12-2 home)
Venue: Convocation Center (AR)
8:05PM ET / 5:05PM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Troy E Jones 11.2 R Chambers 5.7 H Williams 3.2
Arkansas State E Townsel 13.4 B Peterson 9.7 R Dickerson 2.3

On Saturday, Arkansas State plays host to Troy at Convocation Center (AR). The game tips off at 8:05 p.m. EST. The Red Wolves lost to the Trojans 74-67 on Jan. 24 and are 2-3 against them over the last four years.

Arkansas State is currently in third place in the conference and Troy is in ninth.

The 19 points by Trey Finn helped the Red Wolves to an 87-54 cakewalk over Louisiana-Monroe on Feb. 16. He is putting up 10.4 points per game while also averaging 4.8 rebounds per game. For the Trojans, Deonata Jethroe finished with 20 points and 6 rebounds in the 76-66 loss to Louisiana on Feb. 21. He is averaging 6.3 points and 3 rebounds per game.

There is a single key statistical area where Arkansas State can exploit Troy, scoring, where the Red Wolves have an edge over the Trojans, 69 points per game to 62 points per game. A key area of strength for Troy is turnover percentage at 16.8 percent, which ranks first in their conference (and 17th nationally).

Troy StatSmack

  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Arkansas State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (968 to 952) than Troy, per the NCAA.
  • It's only wins and losses, but Arkansas State has a better overall record than Troy this season (17-9 vs. 11-17).
  • The Arkansas State blocks leader (Brandon Peterson, 31 blocks) has more blocks than the Troy blocks leader (Emil Jones, 15 blocks).
  • Arkansas State has a potent offense, scoring more points (70.2 per game vs. 62.4 per game) than Troy this season.
  • Trey Finn is ranked 8th in the Sun Belt in three-pointers and 10th in the Sun Belt in steals.
  • Arkansas State attacks the glass, with more rebounds (36.5 per game vs. 33.0 per game) than Troy this season.
  • Arkansas State has an average margin of victory of 18 over Troy in three wins since 2005.
  • The Arkansas State scoring leader (Edward Townsel, 358 points) has more points than the Troy scoring leader (Emil Jones, 323 points).
  • Rakeem Dickerson is ranked 9th in the Sun Belt in steals.
  • Arkansas State players are more experienced than Troy players (15,004 minutes played vs. 8,378 minutes played).
  • Even computers respect Arkansas State more. Arkansas State has a better RPI this season than Troy (RPI: No. 150 vs. No. 274).
TROY Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Emil Jones 32 11 6 3 2 1 1
C- Hunter Williams 0 11 2 3 1 0 2
D+ Ray Chambers 22 8 6 0 0 0 1
D+ Antoine Myers 25 8 3 3 1 0 2
D Deonata Jethroe 19 6 3 0 0 0 1
D R.J. Scott 20 5 2 1 0 0 1
D Tevin Calhoun 17 5 2 0 0 0 1
D Justin Wright 12 3 2 1 0 0 1
D Westley Hinton 14 4 3 0 0 0 1
D Josh Warren 13 2 3 0 0 1 0
D- Jeff Mullahey 15 3 1 0 1 0 1
F Breon Dixon 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Sidki Muwallif 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
A-State Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ B. Peterson 34 11 10 1 1 1 2
C Edward Townsel 30 13 3 1 2 0 2
C Trey Finn 33 10 5 2 1 0 1
C- K. Washington 24 7 4 1 1 1 2
C- Cameron Golden 20 8 3 2 1 0 2
C- Raeford Worsham 19 7 3 0 1 0 1
D+ R. Dickerson 21 5 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Marcus Hooten 18 6 2 1 1 0 1
D Josh Pierre 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
D Kelvin Downs 12 3 2 0 0 0 1
D K. Brown 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jordan Weaver 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D- Seth Kisler 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
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