NCAA Basketball

Troy Trojans (16-17)


Sat. 2/24 Thu. 3/1 Sat. 3/3 Wed. 3/7 Fri. 3/9
vs. UL-Mon 
W 73-67
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@ GaSt 
W 83-70
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@ GaSo 
L 83-89
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vs. USA 
W 69-62
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@ GaSt 
L 51-73
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Georgia State powers past Troy to reach Sun Belt semifinals

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jeff Thomas scored 19 points, D'Marcus Simonds added 17 with eight rebounds and seven assists and No. 2 seed Georgia State clobbered defending champion Troy 73-51 in the quarterfinal round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Friday.

Georgia State (22-10) advances to Saturday's semifinal for the second year in a row and will face No. 3 seed Georgia Southern. Georgia State has been a second seed or higher in four of the last five seasons.

Although Troy (16-17) came into this year's event as a No. 7 seed, the Trojans beat Georgia State twice in conference play, by two and by 13 points. There was no charmed third time as Troy was held to 14-of-45 shooting (31 percent) with 15 turnovers on Friday. The Trojans were 5-of-22 in the first half.

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Leaders
Points: J. Varnado18.0
Rebounds: A. Hicks8.4
Assists: K. Baker3.2
FG%: J. Varnado47.8%
FT%: W. Person82.0%
3P%: W. Person37.9%
Steals: B. Miller1.2
Blocks: J. Varnado1.4
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Virginia31-3
2 Villanova36-4
3 Xavier29-6
4 Kansas31-8
5 Michigan State30-5
6 Cincinnati31-5
7 Michigan33-8
8 Gonzaga32-5
9 Duke29-8
10 North Carolina26-11
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova36-4
2 Michigan33-8
3 Kansas31-8
4 Duke29-8
5 Virginia31-3
6 Texas Tech27-10
7 Loyola Chicago32-6
8 Xavier29-6
9 Purdue30-7
10 Gonzaga32-5
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Sun Belt Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Louisiana 16-2 27-7
Georgia State 12-6 24-11
Georgia Southern 11-7 21-12
UT Arlington 10-8 21-13
Louisiana-Monroe 9-9 16-16
Troy 9-9 16-17
Appalachian State 9-9 15-18
Coastal Carolina 8-10 14-18
Texas State 7-11 15-18
South Alabama 7-11 14-18
Arkansas State 6-12 11-21
Little Rock 4-14 7-25
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 75.0 (142)
Rebounds: 9.7 (222)
Assists: 13.2 (206)
FG%: 43.9% (214)
FT%: 73.6% (92)
3P%: 33.7% (247)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 73.0 (189)
Rebounds: 26.5 (84)
Assists: 12.3 (88)
FG%: 43.4% (152)
FT%: 69.7% (78)
3P%: 34.1% (134)
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