The South Alabama Jaguars (18-11, 11-7 SBC) will try to prolong their six-game winning streak against the faltering Troy Trojans (9-20, 5-13 SBC) at Mitchell Center. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
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In the Trojans’ last game, they lost to the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 68-59. With 11 points on 4-for-20 shooting, Ty Gordon was Troy’s high scorer. Appalachian State held the Trojans to an effective field goal percentage of 0.341 (below their season average of 0.471). Troy, on the other hand, held the Mountaineers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.2 (below their season average of 28.0).
The Jaguars will look to maintain momentum after narrowly defeating the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in their last game, 74-71. South Alabama was lifted by Chad Lott, who was the team’s high scorer with 22 points on 11-for-17 shooting. The Jaguars made 17 of their 23 free throws (73.9 percent), while the Chanticleers had a turnover percentage of 24.6 (above their season average of 17.9).
The physical South Alabama offense could be getting to the foul line a lot in this showdown. The Jaguars rank 13th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.291, while Troy ranks 286th in FTA rate allowed (0.264).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Jaguars won 70-66. The Jaguars played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.186 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.2. The Trojans were 0.083 and 19.4, respectively, for those same stats. Josh Ajayi recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
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Pick: SU Winner – South Alabama, ATS Winner – South Alabama, O/U – Under
The Jaguars rank 35th in steals allowed per game (5.4) while the Trojans rank 154th (6.7).
South Alabama averages 3.7 blocks per game, which ranks 80th in the nation. Troy ranks 135th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
Troy ranks 33rd in three pointers attempted per game (26.5) while South Alabama ranks 295th (16.2).
The Jaguars rank 104th in rebounds allowed per game (33.9) while the Trojans rank 262nd (38.4).
Troy ranks 86th in assists per game (14.0) while South Alabama ranks 235th (11.2).
The Jaguars’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.8, up from 3.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Trojans have scored an average of 66.6 points per game (2.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 76.6 points per game (3.5 above their season average).