Troy Trojans men's basketball
The Troy Trojans men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball of Troy University. The program is classified in NCAA Division I and the team competes in the Sun Belt Conference. The team currently plays their home games in Trojan Arena, which was built in 2012 and replaced the old arena known as Sartain Hall.
|All-time record||1,065–879 (.548)|
|Head coach||Scott Cross (1st season)|
|Arena||Trojan Arena |
|Colors||Cardinal, Silver, and Black|
|NCAA Tournament Runner-up|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|NCAA Tournament Second round|
|1976*, 1977*, 1988*, 1993*|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1976*, 1977*, 1988*, 1991*, 1992*, 1993*, 2003, 2017|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1966, 2003, 2017|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1961, 1962, 1964, 1977, 1991, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010|
|Conference Division Season Champions|
Troy's first season was in 1950 under then head coach Buddy Brooks. As of the end of the 2012–2013 season, the Troy Trojans program holds a 989–784 overall record since the team was first formed in 1950.
The Trojans appeared in the 2003 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a 14-seed after winning the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament and faced 3-seeded Xavier in the first round, losing 71–59. The Trojans were the champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2003 and defeated Central Florida for the conference tournament championship in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2004, the Trojans were the Atlantic Sun Conference Regular Season Champions. That year, the Trojans made it all the way to the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship game, only to lose a heart-breaker on the last minute to UCF by a score of 55-60. As regular season champions, Troy was given an automatic bid to the NIT Tournament where they would face Niagara in Buffalo, New York. Troy would lose to Niagara in the First Round, 83-87. They finished with a 24-7 overall record. Following the season, Troy made the move to the Sun Belt Conference for all sports.
From 2005-2008, Troy struggled to find the success that they enjoyed during their time in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Their new home in the Sun Belt Conference proved to be a challenge, with Troy going 51-69 over a stretch of four seasons.
In 2009, after finishing in 3rd place in the Sun Belt Conference, the Trojans would make their first post-season appearance since 2004 in the first annual CBI Tournament, where they would host the College of Charleston, only to lose in a thriller, 91–93. They would finish the season with a 19–13 record.
In 2010, Troy won their first ever Sun Belt Regular Season Title and made it to the Finals of Sun Belt Conference Tournament before losing in the last 30 seconds to North Texas, 63–66. The Trojans received an invite to the NIT Tournament where they would fall to Ole Miss in the first round, 65–84. The Trojans finished the 2010 season with a 20–13 (13–5) record, with big wins over in-state rival Auburn and Valparaiso.
In the inaugural opening game of the newly-built Trojan Arena during the 2012 season, Troy had a record-crowd of 5,120 as they hosted Mississippi State, who was coming off of a 20-win season and an NIT appearance. Troy would upset the Bulldogs to open Trojan Arena, defeating them by a score of 56-53.
In 2017, under head coach Phil Cunningham, Troy made their way back to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, defeating Texas State 59-53. The team would be given a 15-seed, playing #2 seed Duke in the First Round. Duke defeated Troy in that game by score of 87-65. Troy finished the season with a 22-15 record.
The Trojan basketball team is recognized in recent Division I Basketball history for leading the nation in 3-pointers for seven different seasons (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005, and 2006), making 1068 3-pointers over the course of 89 games (11.66 per game) during those three seasons.
Before Troy's accession to Division I, Troy was one of the most successful basketball teams in Division II before they transitioned to Division I. In 1988, the team made it to the Elite 8 of the Division II Tournament before falling to Alaska-Anchorage, 72–77. Five years later, the team advanced all the way to the NCAA Division II national championship game against Cal-State Bakersfield, only to finish as runner-up by falling to the Roadrunners, 72–85.
One of Troy's most famous claim to fame, however, is their game against DeVry (when DeVry had athletics) on January 12, 1992 when the Trojans came out victorious by the NCAA-record score of 253–141. This game is the current highest scoring game in NCAA basketball history.
Under head coach Don Maestri, Troy State led the nation in three-point shots attempted and three-point shots made for many years during the program's time in the NCAA's Division II. Maestri's run-and-gun style of play was very effective, even after Troy State transitioned to the NCAA's Division I. Because of this style of play, Troy State amassed 141 games where they scored 100 or more points, with a record of 122–19 when scoring more than 100 points during Maestri's tenure as head coach from 1982–2013.
When Troy State began their first season in Division I in 1994, the program came in with a bang, ranking #2 in the nation in 3-pointers attempted and #5 in the nation in three-pointers made. Maestri and his Trojan teams never looked back from there. From 1994–2006, the Trojans finished #1 in the nation four times in 3-pointers attempted and 3-pointers made. Troy State also placed in the top five nationally of those same statistical categories eight times from 1994 to 2008. This led some newspaper and media outlets to give the basketball program the moniker "Trey State."
Troy currently holds the all-time NCAA record across all divisions for three-pointers attempted in a season, shooting 1,303 three-pointers during the 1991–1992 season.
Highest Scoring Game in NCAA History
On January 12, 1992, Troy State shattered a plethora of records during a match-up against the DeVry University Hoyas of the NAIA. The Trojans sported a 12–3 record while the DeVry Hoyas had a 3–15 record. After tip-off, Troy State scored their first basket after 54 seconds. The Trojans only had 15 points after the first three minutes. As the game settled into its soon-to-be record breaking groove, points came steadily; with 3:14 remaining in the first half, Troy eclipsed the 100-point mark.
Within the first three minutes of the second half, the Trojans scored 26 points and had already accumulated 149 overall with 17 minutes remaining. It was not until 6:35 into the second half that Troy State scored their first points of the half that were not three-pointers or dunks. With 10 minutes remaining, Chris Greasham's three-pointer gave Troy 189, eclipsing the previous NCAA single game scoring record of 187. Then, with 7:53 to go, Troy State surpassed the 200-point mark, becoming the first (and only) team in college basketball history to surpass the bicentennial threshold. The scoreboard in Troy's arena was not built to display 200+ points, and so when the moment occurred, it did not display the numbers correctly (their solution was to start over at zero and work their way back up from there). During the second half alone, the Trojans scored 135 points, besting their minutes-old record of 123, and the 30 three-pointers in the second stanza broke the NCAA all-time game record of 25 (set previously by Troy). Their 51 made three-point field goals more than doubled that record, and the 109 three-point attempts record has never been seriously contested.
When the final buzzer sounded, Troy State had won the game by a record-breaking score of 253–141. The score of the game quickly made national headlines across the United States, from The Seattle Times to the Miami Herald, and even into other countries.
The game between Troy State and DeVry remains the highest single scoring game in NCAA history. Seven statisticians worked for 57 minutes after the game ended to complete its box score. Among records considered unbreakable are total points between teams (399), points by one team in one half (135), and three-pointers made and attempted (51/109) by one team in a single game. That season, Troy State compiled a 23–6 overall record while setting many school records along the way, including single season scoring average (121.0), field goals made and attempted (1,274/2,839), three-pointers made and attempted (444/1,303), and steals (460). They also set single game records of points (253), points in a half (135), field goals made and attempted (102/190), rebounds (94), assists (65), and total points between teams.
Troy has won a total of 14 combined conference regular season and tournament titles. Troy's most successful stretch of conference titles came while being a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, winning the regular season titles four out of five seasons from 2000 to 2004.
- Paul Word (Small College All-American) - 1962
- Darryl Thomas (NABC Third Team All-American) - 1989
- Anthony Reed (NCAA Division II First Team All-American) - 1990
- Terry McCord (NABC First Team All-American) - 1993
- Greg Davis (ESPN All-America Team, AP Honorable Mention) - 2004
- O'Darien Bassett (Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major All-America Team) - 2008
Sartain Hall (1962–2012)
Before Sartain Hall, the university never previously had an adequate gymnasium, and the college administration had the foresight at the time to make it available for high school basketball tournaments as well as college games and tournaments. The building is named in honor of the late Professor Auxford Sartain.
In 2012, Sartain Hall was no longer used for basketball activities since the newly-built Trojan Arena had opened. It is currently being used as a multi-purpose student recreation facility.
Trojan Arena (2012–present)
Trojan Arena is a 6,000 seat arena that is home to the Troy men's and women's basketball, volleyball and track programs. The arena is also used for the university's commencement ceremonies and special events. Trojan Arena replaces the university's longtime basketball and events facility, Sartain Hall, which opened in 1962.
The facility was constructed with architectural direction by Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood and design support by venue specialists Populous, noted for its designs of such sporting venues as Yankee Stadium in New York City, the main stadium for the 2012 London Olympic Games and Nanjing Sports Park in China.
Trojan Arena seating features 5,200 chair-back seats, seven upper-level suites and an exclusive Stadium Club area for donors, while also having floor seating for students. The arena features an LED ribbon board that circles around the entire arena, one of only two of its kind in the Sun Belt Conference. Daktronics designed, manufactured, and installed two 767-square-foot LED video/scoring system boards, which are the largest end-wall installations Daktronics has ever produced for an indoor college facility. The court level of the arena features eight sections of Daktronics LED scorer’s tables. They each measure 2 feet high by more than 9 feet wide and can be connected in any configuration to showcase student athletes, display additional statistical information in real time, recognize sponsors and promote upcoming events. The arena was featured in LED Magazine for its use of state-of-the-art technology throughout the arena.
Under the main playing court sits a 10,000 sq ft area of basketball practice courts. These facilities are shared by both the men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the indoor women's volley team.
Among the other features of the new arena are a three-tiered rotunda at the main entrance, an interior concourse with concession stands and a food court-styled dining center with specialty food items.
Troy currently possesses an all-time record of 11–14 in postseason tournaments.
NCAA Division I Tournament Results
The Trojans have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament two times. Their combined record is 0–2.
|2003||First Round||Xavier||L 59–71|
|2017||First Round||Duke||L 65–87|
The Trojans have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) two times. Their combined record is 0–2.
|2004||First Round||Niagara||L 83–87|
|2010||First Round||Mississippi||L 65–84|
The Trojans have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) one time. Their record is 0–1.
|2009||First Round||College of Charleston||L 91–93|
NCAA Division II Tournament Results
The Trojans have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament five times. Their combined record is 10–6.
North Carolina Central
Southern New Hampshire
|Troy State (NAIA Independent) (1950–1960)|
|1952–1953||Leonard Serfustini||18–7||NAIA District|
|1953–1954||Leonard Serfustini||22–6||NAIA District|
|1955–1956||Leonard Serfustini||18–9||NAIA District|
|1956–1957||John Archer||19–8||NAIA First Round|
|1957–1958||John Archer||19–6||NAIA First Round|
|1958–1959||John Archer||19–11||NAIA First Round|
|1959–1960||John Archer||18–9||NAIA District|
|Troy State (Alabama Collegiate Conference) (1960–1971)|
|1960–1961||John Archer||22–6||9–1||NAIA District|
|1961–1962||John Archer||25–6||8–4||NAIA District|
|1963–1964||John Archer||22–8||7–3||1st||NAIA District|
|1964–1965||John Archer||22–8||8–4||NAIA District|
|Troy State (Gulf South Conference) (1971–1991)|
|1975–1976||Wes Bizilia||16–10||8–5||T-4th||NCAA Second Round|
|1976–1977||Wes Bizilia||15–14||11–5||T-1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1987–1988||Don Maestri||24–10||10–6||3rd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1990–1991||Don Maestri||22–8||13–3||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|Troy State (Division II Independent) (1991–1993)|
|1991–1992||Don Maestri||23–6||NCAA First Round|
|1992–1993||Don Maestri||27–5||NCAA Finals|
|Troy State (East Coast Conference) (1993–1994)|
|Troy State (Mid-Continent Conference) (1994–1997)|
|Troy State (Atlantic Sun Conference) (1997–2005)|
|1997–1998||Don Maestri||7–20||5–11||5th (West)||—|
|2002–2003||Don Maestri||26–6||14–2||T-1st (South)||NCAA First Round|
|2003–2004||Don Maestri||24–7||18–2||1st||NIT First Round|
|Troy (Sun Belt Conference) (2005–Present)|
|2005–2006||Don Maestri||14–15||6–9||T-4th (West)||—|
|2006–2007||Don Maestri||13–17||8–10||T-4th (East)||—|
|2007–2008||Don Maestri||12–19||4–14||6th (East)||—|
|2008–2009||Don Maestri||19–13||14–4||2nd (East)||CBI First Round|
|2009–2010||Don Maestri||20–13||13–5||T-1st (East)||NIT First Round|
|2010–2011||Don Maestri||8–21||6–10||T-4th (East)|
|2011–2012||Don Maestri||10–18||5–11||T-5th (East)|
|2012–2013||Don Maestri||12–21||6–14||6th (East)|
|2016–2017||Phil Cunningham||22–15||10–8||T-6th||NCAA First Round|
Postseason invitational champion
Although Troy has never been ranked in the Top 25 since joining Division I, the Trojans were a mainstay in the rankings during their time in Division II. They were typically ranked in the NCAA Top 25 during the regular seasons, but fell out of the rankings toward the end of the season quite a few times. Only twice did the Trojans finish a season ranked in the Top 25 while in Division II.
Troy vs. South Alabama
Currently, one of Troy's biggest rivals in basketball is with in-state foe South Alabama. The Jaguars currently hold an 11–21 advantage in the all-time series over the Trojans.
Troy vs. Georgia State
Troy and Georgia State have met off and on since 1952. They began to play each other regularly when both programs were members of the Atlantic Sun Conference in the late 1990's, and again when Georgia State joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2013. Both programs have ties because of Charles "Lefty" Driesell, who was head coach of Georgia State from 1997 to 2003. Troy's former head coach, Phil Cunningham, was an assistant under Driesell during his time at Georgia State and James Madison. One of Driesell's grandsons, Michael Moynihan, was also a member of the Troy coaching staff under Phil Cunnungham for a few years.
Troy currently holds a 25–19 edge in the all-time series over the Panthers.
Troy vs. UCF
Now a dormant rivalry, Troy and UCF were once conference rivals and were considered the prominent rivalry during both school's tenure in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Both basketball programs routinely fought for the conference regular season and tournament titles before they both left the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2005. Troy currently leads the series with a 12–8 record.
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