|Troy at UALR|
7 p.m. Saturday
Jack Stephens Center
Troy uses only six players in their primary rotation, which has shrunk in recent weeks. They have four players who average at least 33 minutes per game in Sun Belt Conference action. In most of Thursday’s game at Lafayette, Troy played 6-0 Will Weathers, 6-0 Regis Huddleston, 6-3 Vernon Taylor, 6-6 Levan Patsatsia and 6-7 Shawntez Patterson.
But Troy started 6-10 forward Bernard Toombs in that game. But he only played 11 minutes on Thursday and his minutes have gone down from near 30 in mid-December to the lower 20s recently.
Troy also utilizes 5-9 Travis Lee, 6-8 Flynn Clayman and 6-8 Tim Owens off the bench, but none are playing more than 8 minutes per game.
Toombs averages 10.6 points and 8.5 rebounds. It appears that if you can get him out of the game Troy goes small. And that would seemingly take away their advantage over UALR.
Of course, Maestri could change things up by trying to utilize bigger players like Clayman and Owens more. But they haven’t logged nearly as many minutes.