UAB (3-3) at Troy (4-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 27, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Trojan Arena (5,200) -- Troy, Alabama. Television: None. Home Record: UAB 3-0, Troy 2-0. Away Record: UAB 0-1, Troy 1-1. Neutral Record: UAB 0-2, Troy 1-1. Conference Record: UAB 0-0, Troy 0-0. Series Record: UAB leads, 5-0.
GAME NOTES: Losers of two in a row, the UAB Blazers seek their first win away from home this season as they challenge the Troy Trojans in non-conference action at Trojan Arena on Tuesday night.
The Blazers have just returned from Texas where they competed in the South Padre Island Tournament. After winning the first two games of that event at home in Bartow Arena against Navy and Prairie View A&M, UAB then bowed to Illinois State and, most recently on Saturday, TCU by just three points, 76-73.
As for the Trojans, they started out the 2012-13 campaign with a 1-2 mark, but then the squad closed out the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Chattanooga with victories over the host Mocs and Southeast Missouri State. Then on Sunday, Troy also took care of Alabama State at home in a 66-62 final.
As far as the all-time series between these two in-state rivals is concerned, UAB has won all five previous encounters, including a double-digit win about this same time last season at home.
The Blazers led by three points right out of the gate against TCU, but the thrill was short-lived as the Horned Frogs swung momentum in their favor later in the frame and eventually held on for the three-point win. UAB, which turned the ball over 18 times and shot just 17-of-29 at the free-throw line, was paced by Rod Rucker who tallied 13 points and handed out six assists as all five starters scored in double figures. Jordan Swing added 12 points and seven boards, followed by Terence Jones and Robert Williams with 11 points apiece and Fahro Alihodzic 10 points. After six games Rucker leads the unit in both scoring and rebounding with 14.7 ppg and 8.0 rpg, but even though he is hitting his field goals at a 59.0 percent clip, he is still leaving far too many potential points at the free-throw line where he is just 16-of-32. Swing and Alihodzic account for 13.5 and 11.0 ppg, respectively.
Troy trailed by one against Alabama State at the break over the weekend, but in the second half the Trojans were helped along as the Hornets shot just 1- of-9 behind the three-point line, giving the hosts a small margin for error as they picked up the four-point win. Emil Jones led the way for Troy as he tallied 18 points, pulled down eight rebounds, handed out five assists and made a pair of steals. Antoine Myers and Hunter Williams both dropped in 10 points as well. For Jones, who is the fifth different player to lead the Trojans in scoring through six games, his 18 points were not only his best this season, it was also the high-water mark for the entire team to this point. Jones currently averages an even 10.0 ppg and is first on the unit with 6.2 rpg, which is a sign that he should remain close to the basket instead of leaking out to the perimeter where he has made just 4-of-15 shots from three- point range.
As a group, the Trojans are shooting only 38.9 percent from the floor this season, not the sort of accuracy that is conducive to winning, even against UAB tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UAB 63, Troy 58
11/27 10:33:59 ET