Men’s Basketball

Sophomore Jordon Varnado had put up double double numbers Friday night with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. With the Trojans' 65-87 loss, they are eliminated from the NCAA tournament. It also caps off a 20-win season and a Sun Belt championship for Phil Cunningham's team.(PHOTO/Joshua Thurston)

Troy football, men’s hoops combo ranked 24th in the nation

Michael Shipma Sports Editor Troy University’s combo of football and men’s basketball ranked 24th in the nation this year, according to a College Football News article posted Monday. The article, authored by Pete Fiutak, ranked Division I schools from 1-130, dividing the schools into tiers. The top tier of schools was made up of athletic programs that had a football team play in a bowl game as well as a men’s basketball team that made an NCAA tournament appearance. The rankings did not take into account the performances of the […]

by · April 7, 2017 · Football, Men's Basketball, Sports
Sophomore Jordon Varnado had put up double double numbers Friday night with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. With the Trojans' 65-87 loss, they are eliminated from the NCAA tournament. It also caps off a 20-win season and a Sun Belt championship for Phil Cunningham's team.(PHOTO/Joshua Thurston)

Troy battles, falls to Duke in NCAA tournament

Michael Shipma Sports Editor Troy put up a valiant effort, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a double-digit second half deficit as it fell to Duke 65-87. The No. 15-seed Trojans were the heavy underdogs in the contest, and No. 2-seed Duke utilized its length and athleticism to pull away from a Trojan team that battled hard from start to finish. Troy’s fans were many and loud, making their presence known 337 miles from their team’s campus. Troy made a statement on a national stage, hanging tough with one of […]

by · March 17, 2017 · Men's Basketball, Sports
(PHOTO/ Joshua Thurston)

Men’s hoops wins conference, advances to play in March Madness

Wesley Kirchharr Staff Writer Michael Shipma Sports Editor Troy has punched its ticket to the big dance. Troy defeated Texas State 59-53 to win its first Sun Belt Conference Championship, as well as a spot in the NCAA Tournament. It will be the Trojans’ first appearance in March Madness since 2003 and second ever. On Friday they will face second-seeded Duke, which is a favorite to win the national title this year. The Trojans (22-14, 11-8 Sun Belt), who entered the Sun Belt Conference Championship tournament as a sixth seed, […]

by · March 16, 2017 · Men's Basketball, Sports
(PHOTO/ Joshua Thurston)

Men of Troy face huge test in Duke

Wesley Kirchharr Staff Writer For the first time in 14 years, the Troy men’s basketball team will be taking part in one of the most awaited spectacles in all of sports, the NCAA tournament. March Madness, as it is often referred to, drew the Trojans into the field of 64 after they captured the school’s first-ever Sun Belt title that sent Troy dancing. The 15-seed Trojans need one more win to complete the Cinderella run and are set for an East region matchup against one of college basketball’s historic powerhouses, […]

by · March 16, 2017 · Men's Basketball, Sports
The Troy men's basketball team won the 2017 Sun Belt championship on Sunday afternoon, earning a berth in the NCAA tournament. It is the team's second tournament appearance, and its first since the 2003 season. The Trojans defeated the No. 4-seed Texas State 59-53 at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans (PHOTO/Chris Davis)

Troy wins Sun Belt title, will play Duke in NCAA tournament

Wesley Kirchhar Staff Writer Troy has punched its ticket to the big dance. Troy defeated Texas State 59-53 for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, its first appearance since 2003 and second ever. The Trojans (22-14, 11-8 Sun Belt), who entered the Sun Belt Conference Championship tournament as a six-seed, were led by sophomore Jordon Varnado’s 18 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Wesley Person had 16 in the game on 4-12 shooting. Person and Varnado combined for a perfect 14-14 shooting from the free throw line. Following a win over […]

by · March 12, 2017 · Men's Basketball, Sports
Sophomore Filip Mansson and the Trojans shut out UT-Chattanooga on Friday before coming back to beat Jacksonville State on Sunday. (PHOTO/ Troy Athletics)

Sun Belt’s Texas teams too much to handle for Troy

Wesley Kirchharr Staff Writer The Troy men’s basketball team had a winless weekend road trip to the Lone Star State, as they fell short to both Texas State and conference leader UT-Arlington. The Trojans (16-14, 8-8 Sun Belt) rode in on a four-game win streak before Texas State escaped with a 63-59 victory and UT-Arlington won convincingly, 82-67. The Trojans and the Bobcats, neck-and-neck in conference standings, battled it out until the final seconds on Saturday night, ending with a pair of Texas State free throws to seal the deal. […]

by · March 2, 2017 · Men's Basketball, Sports
(PHOTO/ Joshua Thurston)

Troy men tops SBC’s Carolina teams

Wesley Kirchharr Staff Writer The Troy men’s basketball team continued to roll through its conference schedule, topping Coastal Carolina 87-78 and downing Appalachian State 76-66. The Trojans (16-12, 8-4 Sun Belt) sit among the middle of the Sun Belt standings after topping a higher-ranked Coastal Carolina team and having the second-longest win streak in the conference. During this four-game stretch, the Trojans have scored an average of 84 points per contest and have shown their ability to finish close games. Troy put on an offensive showcase when the Chanticleers came […]

by · February 23, 2017 · Men's Basketball, Sports
(PHOTO/Joshua Thurston)

PHOTO GALLERY: MBKB – Troy vs. Coastal Carolina

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Baker cooks up win in OT

Wesley Kircharr Staff Writer The Troy men’s basketball team picked up two crucial conference wins over the weekend, topping the Sun Belt’s duo from the bayou, Louisiana and ULM. The Trojans (14-12, 6-6 Sun Belt) started off their week by beating UL-Monroe in overtime fashion thanks to a late three from junior Kevin Baker. Baker’s three came with as many seconds left on the clock, turning a two-point deficit into a one-point victory for the visitors. Before Baker’s heroics on Monday, Troy cruised past Louisiana (formerly Louisiana-Lafayette) 100-88 on Saturday […]

by · February 16, 2017 · Men's Basketball, Sports
(PHOTO/ Joshua Thurston)

Varnado, Troy come up short against South Alabama

Wesley Kirchharr Staff Writer The Troy men’s basketball team continued the trend of maintaining a .500 record, falling to conference foe South Alabama 76-71 in Trojan Arena. The Trojans (12-12, 4-6 Sun Belt) were in striking distance nearly all Saturday night, led by junior guard Kevin Baker’s career night. Baker had 19 points in the game, with most of it coming from five shots from behind the arc. Behind him in scoring was sophomore Jordon Varnado, who put up 12 points and eight boards in 26 minutes of action. Aside […]

by · February 9, 2017 · Men's Basketball, Sports