Troy vs. #22 SDSU: Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction

Troy vs. #22 SDSU: Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction

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Troy vs. #22 SDSU: Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction

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Troy vs. #22 SDSU: Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction


Just Friday, the Aztecs tied Viejas Arena’s all-time single game three-point record (19) actually set by the Troy Trojans in 2003!


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Which Troy will show up: the Trojans who lost their last two games on the road, or the ones who beat the Florida State Seminoles?

WHO:  Troy Trojans (6-3, 0-0 Big West) vs. #22 San Diego State University Aztecs (6-2, 0-0 MW) 

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 5th — 7:00pm PST / 10:00pm EST

WHERE: Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA (Capacity 12,414)

TV:  Not televised…. again.

LIVE STREAM: YurView (Cox channel 4, stream at YurView.com or GoAztecs.com); 760-AM

RADIO: 101.5 KGB / XTRA 1360 / iHeart Radio App

SERIES RECORD: Troy leads 1-0.

LAST MEETING: The most recent meeting was a Trojans win at Viejas Arena on November 30th, 2003.

WEBSITES: GoAztecs.com, the official San Diego State athletics website; TroyTrojans.com, the official Troy University athletics website.

ODDS: SDSU -15.5

OVER/UNDER: +135.5

San Diego, CA –  The #22 San Diego State Aztecs (6-2, 0-0 MW) host the Troy Trojans (6-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) on Steve Fisher Court at Viejas Arena on the Mesa.

The Aztecs are 6-2, but they’re No. 22 in the AP because their two losses came in one of toughest tournaments of Feast Week. In Maui they bested No. 25 Ohio State, then fell to No. 4 Arizona- before barely losing in overtime to and No. 11 Arkansas. This team has shown an ability to battle with some of the best teams in the country.

With all due respect, the Troy Trojans are NOT the cream of the crop this season. The Trojans are ranked 163 among D1 in KenPom and are expected to be in the bottom half of the Sun Belt. Troy is 2-2 on the road this season.

Why The Trojans Will Win

On the road for a third consecutive game, Troy is coming off a 78-72 loss to SIUE on Saturday where lead scorer, Nelson Phillips, underperformed with just eight points.

Troy did better than expected in their 74-61 loss against Arkansas this past Monday.

Troy has had a soft schedule, facing three non-DI opponents. Despite their syncopated performance, the Trojans did manage a show-stopping road win against Florida State in October.

Duke Miles on the Trojans has missed the last two games for undisclosed reasons and is listed as questionable against the Aztecs. Miles is an important player on the Trojans, logging 14 PPG on 48% shooting. Nelson Phillips has produced 20 points in two out of his last three games. The senior guard has reached 20 points on three occasions total and averages 13.9 points per game along with 6.3 rebounds. Christyon Eugene scored at least 10 points in three consecutive games, and averages 11.9 points.

Troy could find an extra gear surprising the Aztecs as they did the Seminoles.

Why the Aztecs Will Win

SDSU is looking for their third straight win. The Aztecs were 4-0 to begin the season then lost two in a row against two of the nations top teams in Maui. The Aztecs then retooled and escaped talented UC Irvine 72-69 on Wednesday and then hammered non-DI Occidental 95-57 on Friday night.

Matt Bradley scored 23 points in the loss against Arkansas. He is averaging 11.3 points per game and is shooting just 31% from behind the arc.

Against Troy’s 163rd ranking in KenPom, the Aztecs are 24th.

San Diego State is a perfect 4-0 on its home court including their 82-75 win against BYU. The Aztecs are scoring an average of 79.4 points, while conceding an average of 70.3 points.

The Aztecs have lost only to top-15 teams so far this season.

What Will Happen

The Trojans’ record is populated with soft opponents this season. SDSU has looked strong in the midst of a wicked schedule. They’ve bested BYU, Stanford, and Ohio State. The Aztecs are super dominant at home, and they have home court advantage.

Final Score: SDSU 80,  Troy 70

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