SBC foes will collide when the Troy Trojans (5-7, 1-0 SBC) challenge the Appalachian State Mountaineers (7-4, 1-0 SBC) at Trojan Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019.
Appalachian State Mountaineers at Troy Trojans Free Preview
In the Mountaineers’ last game, they defeated the South Alabama Jaguars, 81-71. Justin Forrest was the top scorer from either team with 32 points on 10-for-17 shooting. Appalachian State dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.246 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.5 (above their season average of 28.9). South Alabama put up marks of 0.158 and 27.3, respectively, for those same stats.
The Trojans hope to maintain momentum after dismantling the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in their last matchup, 77-59. Troy received a boost from Zay Williams, who had 11 points and seven rebounds. Troy played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.333 (above their season average of 0.182) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.509 (above their season average of 0.469). Coastal Carolina was 0.119 and 0.381, respectively, for those same stats.
Troy may have trouble getting to the free throw line in this showdown. The Trojans currently rank 265th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.193, while Appalachian State ranks 38th in FTA rate allowed (0.157).
This is the first time these teams will meet this year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Mountaineers won the most recent game 72-64. The Mountaineers dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.186 and a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 28.6. The Trojans had marks of 0.048 and 22.9, respectively, for those same stats.
Appalachian State Mountaineers at Troy Trojans Free Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Appalachian State, ATS Winner – Appalachian State, O/U – Over
The Trojans average 15.0 assists per game, which ranks 55th in the NCAA. The Mountaineers rank 85th in assists allowed per game (11.9).
Appalachian State averages 37.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 90th in the country. Troy ranks 238th in rebounds allowed per game (39.3).
The Trojans rank 78th in three pointers attempted per game (24.7) while the Mountaineers rank 213th in three pointers allowed per game (25.0).
Appalachian State ranks 40th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Troy ranks 119th (6.9).
The Trojans’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 15.6, up from 2.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Mountaineers have scored an average of 77.0 points per game (6.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 64.2 points per game (2.5 above their season average).