Troy Trojans (Overall: 18-14, Conf: 10-8)
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As champions of the Sun Belt conference, the Trojans have some pride to wield entering the national tourney. But aside from that, the Trojans will be drawing confidence from their ability to hit from distance. The Trojans led Sun Belt in the regular season with 305 threes. Their lineup is littered with J.R. Smith wannabes in Wesley Person Jr., Kevin Baker, and Jeremy Hollimon. All three have combined for 209 treys in the regular season.
Troy hasn’t seen much action against national tournament teams this season, which could work against the team in the Big Dance. The Trojans have battled just one team that made the tourney and their inexperience against big time programs could very well show up right in the first round, where they’ll face a team called Duke. As for the tangibles, the Trojans’ defense doesn’t look solid enough to whether elite offenses. They give up 72.1 PPG and are ranked 225th in the nation in KenPom’s adjusted defense efficiency.
|Points Per Game||75.7||98|
|Rebounds Per Game||35.6||163|
|Blocks Per Game||3.4||157|
|Free Throw Percentage||72.3||108|
Troy bombs out of the tournament in the first round.
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