Middle Tenn State vs. Troy: Full Game Preview

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Middle Tenn State vs. Troy: Full Game Preview
Middle Tenn State
(25-4, 10-4 away)
Troy
(11-18, 9-6 home)
Venue: Trojan Arena
8:30PM ET / 5:30PM PT, February 28, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Middle Tenn State M Knight 12.6 M Knight 5.7 B Massey Jr 3.1
Troy E Jones 11.2 R Chambers 5.7 H Williams 3.2

On Thursday, Middle Tennessee State visits Trojan Arena to take on Troy. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. EST. The Blue Raiders beat the Trojans 93-41 on Feb. 9 and are 5-4 against them over the last four years.

Middle Tennessee State is currently in first place in the conference and Troy is in ninth.

In their last matchup on Feb. 23, Trantell Knight put up 15 points as the Blue Raiders ran it up on Louisiana-Monroe 87-46. He tallies 5.1 points per game and also adds 2.7 assists per game. For the Trojans, Antoine Myers put up 21 points and 7 rebounds in the 58-50 loss to Arkansas State on Feb. 23. He contributes 2.9 rebounds per game in addition to his 8 points per game.

Middle Tennessee State has a statistical advantage over Troy in one significant category, scoring, where the Blue Raiders have an edge over the Trojans, 71 points per game to 62 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, Troy performs well in turnover percentage at 16.8 percent. This ranks first in the conference and 19th in the country.

Troy StatSmack

  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Middle Tennessee State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (961 to 952) than Troy, per the NCAA.
  • Middle Tennessee State does a better job contesting shots (39.5 percent allowed vs. 44.4 percent allowed) than Troy this season.
  • Middle Tennessee State has a better scoring defense (57.3 allowed per game vs. 66.8 allowed per game) than Troy this season.
  • The Middle Tennessee State three-point leader (Raymond Cintron, 64 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Troy three-point leader (Hunter Williams, 57 three-pointers).
  • Bruce Massey Jr is ranked 4th in the Sun Belt in assists and 6th in the Sun Belt in steals.
  • Middle Tennessee State players are more experienced than Troy players (15,819 minutes played vs. 8,578 minutes played).
  • Middle Tennessee State is ranked higher than Troy in the Sun Belt (No. 1 vs. No. 9).
  • Middle Tennessee State attacks the glass, with more rebounds (36.9 per game vs. 33.2 per game) than Troy this season.
  • Be afraid. Middle Tennessee State has blown out more teams than Troy this season (nine blowouts vs. zero).
  • Middle Tennessee State has a better record in close games than Troy this season (6-2 vs. 7-7).
  • Middle Tennessee State allows fewer rebounds (30.6 allowed per game vs. 36.4 allowed per game) than Troy this season.
MTSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Marcos Knight 26 13 6 2 1 0 2
C Shawn Jones 21 8 5 0 0 1 1
C Raymond Cintron 22 9 2 2 1 0 1
C Bruce Massey Jr 22 6 3 3 2 0 2
C K. Hammonds II 22 6 3 2 1 0 1
C Trantell Knight 17 5 3 3 1 0 1
C JT Sulton 20 6 4 0 1 1 1
C Neiko Hunter 18 8 3 0 1 0 1
D+ J. Gallman Jr 13 4 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Jason Jones Jr 10 4 2 0 0 0 1
D Torin Walker 7 3 1 0 0 0 1
D Jacquez Rozier 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Gavin Gibson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Finoy Perkins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Zane Gibson 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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