Troy Trojans men's basketball

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University Troy University
First season1950–51
All-time record1,093–928 (.541)
Head coach Scott Cross (3rd season)
Conference Sun Belt
Location Troy, Alabama
Arena Trojan Arena
(Capacity: 6,000)
Nickname Trojans
ColorsCardinal, silver, and black [1]
     
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NCAA Tournament Runner-up
Division II
1993
NCAA Tournament Final Four
Division II
1993
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
Division II
1988, 1993
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
Division II
1988, 1993
NCAA Tournament Second round
Division II
1976, 1977, 1988, 1991, 1993
NCAA Tournament Appearances
Division I
2003, 2017

Division II
1976, 1977, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993
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
2003, 2010
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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.

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History

Troy's first season was in 1950 under then head coach Buddy Brooks.

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.

"Trey State"

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. [2] 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. [2]

Within the first three minutes of the second half, the Trojans scored 26 points and had already accumulated 149 overall with 17 minutes remaining. [2] 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. [2] With 10 minutes remaining, Chris Greasham's three-pointer gave Troy 189, eclipsing the previous NCAA single game scoring record of 187. [2] 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. [3] [2] 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). [2] 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). [2] Their 51 made three-point field goals more than doubled that record, and the 109 three-point attempts record has never been seriously contested. [2]

When the final buzzer sounded, Troy State had won the game by a record-breaking score of 258–141. 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. [4]

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. [5] Among records considered unbreakable [6] are total points between teams (399), [3] points by one team in one half (135), [3] and three-pointers made and attempted (51/109) by one team in a single game. [3] 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). [7] They also set single game records of points (258), points in a half (135), field goals made and attempted (102/190), rebounds (94), assists (65), and total points between teams. [7]

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Trojan Arena during a "whiteout" game against South Alabama.

Conference titles

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.

ConferenceYearTitleRecordCoach
Alabama Collegiate Conference 1960–1961Conference22–6 (9–1) John Archer
1961–1962Conference25–6 (8–4)
1963–1964Conference22–8 (7–3)
1965–1966Tournament24–9 (5–6)
Gulf South Conference 1976–1977Conference15–14 (11–5) Wes Bizilia
1990–1991Conference22–8 (13–3) Don Maestri
East Coast Conference 1993–1994Conference13–14 (5–0)
Atlantic Sun Conference 1999–2000Conference17–11 (13–5)
2001–2002Conference18–10 (14–6)
2002–2003Conference26–6 (14–2)
2002–2003Tournament
2003–2004Conference24–7 (18–2)
Sun Belt Conference 2009–2010Conference20–13 (13–5)
2016–2017Tournament22–15 (10–8) Phil Cunningham

Coaches

YearsCoachRecord
1950–1951Buddy Brooks3–15
1951–1956Leonard Serfustini75–52
1956–1973 John Archer 302–186
1973–1982 Wes Bizilia 103–128
1982–2013 Don Maestri 501–403
2013–2019 Phil Cunningham 80–111
2019–Present Scott Cross 20–39

All-Americans

Trojans in the NBA

Facilities

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View of Trojan Arena from the main rotunda entrance.
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View on the main court in Trojan Arena.

Sartain Hall (1962–2012)

Sartain Hall is a 4,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Troy, Alabama. It was home to the Troy University Trojans basketball team until Trojan Arena opened in 2012. It opened in 1962.

The building was built as a new Physical Education Building in 1962, with its major facility being a 2,500-seat basketball gymnasium which was ready for the first basketball game that fall.

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 was used as a multi-purpose student recreation facility until it’s demolition in 2018.

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, the largest end-wall boards produced by Daktronics for an indoor college facility. [10]

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. [11]

Postseason results

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.

YearRoundOpponentResult
2003 First Round Xavier L 59–71
2017 First Round Duke L 65–87

NIT results

The Trojans have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) two times. Their combined record is 0–2.

YearRoundOpponentResult
2004 First Round Niagara L 83–87
2010 First Round Mississippi L 65–84

CBI results

The Trojans have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) two times. Their record is 0–2.

YearRoundOpponentResult
2009 First Round College of Charleston L 91–93
2022 First Round Abilene Christian L 70–82

NCAA Division II Tournament results

The Trojans have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament five times. Their combined record is 10–6.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1976 First Round
Second Round
Jacksonville State
Alabama-Huntsville
W 88–85
L 69–74
1977 First Round
Second Round
Lincoln
North Alabama
W 81–75
L 70–77
1988 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Consolation Round
Virginia Union
North Carolina Central
Gannon
Alaska-Anchorage
Florida Southern
W 75–71
W 66–65
W 100–79
L 72–77
L 84–94
1991 First Round
Second Round
Florida Southern
North Alabama
W 78–73
L 86–93
1992 First Round
Consolation Round
Jacksonville State
Rollins
L 91–96
W 110–92
1993 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Championship Game
Florida Southern
Delta State
Washburn
Southern New Hampshire
Cal State-Bakersfield
W 75–72
W 110–93
W 94–82
W 126–123
L 72–85

NAIA Tournament results

The Trojans have appeared in the NAIA Tournament three times. Their combined record is 0–3.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1957 First Round Ball State L 70–98
1958 First Round Indiana State (Pa.) L 73–90
1959 First Round Illinois State L 50–98

Yearly results

Statistics overview
SeasonCoachOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Troy State (NAIA Independent)(1950–1960)
1950–1951Buddy Brooks 3–15
Buddy Brooks:3–15
1951–1952Leonard Serfustini 5–20
1952–1953Leonard Serfustini 18–7 NAIA District
1953–1954Leonard Serfustini 22–6 NAIA District
1954–1955Leonard Serfustini 12–10
1955–1956Leonard Serfustini 18–9 NAIA District
Leonard Serfustini:75–52
1956–1957 John Archer 19–8 NAIA First Round
1957–1958John Archer 19–6 NAIA First Round
1958–1959John Archer 19–11 NAIA First Round
1959–1960John Archer 18–9 NAIA District
Troy State (Alabama Collegiate Conference)(1960–1971)
1960–1961John Archer 22–69–1 NAIA District
1961–1962John Archer 25–68–4 NAIA District
1962–1963John Archer 20–107–3
1963–1964John Archer 22–87–31st NAIA District
1964–1965John Archer 22–88–4 NAIA District
1965–1966John Archer 24–95–6
1966–1967John Archer 26–78–4
1967–1968John Archer 18–88–4
1968–1969John Archer 10–181–10
1969–1970John Archer 8–201–11
1970–1971John Archer 11–176–6
Troy State (Gulf South Conference)(1971–1991)
1971–1972John Archer 14–154–6
1972–1973John Archer 5–203–118th
1973–1974John Archer 9–166–7T-6th
John Archer:302–18685–86
1974–1975Wes Bizilia 18–88–53rd
1975–1976Wes Bizilia 16–108–5T-4th NCAA Second Round
1976–1977Wes Bizilia 15–1411–5T-1st NCAA Second Round
1977–1978Wes Bizilia 1–231–139th
1978–1979Wes Bizilia 10–167–9T-5th
1979–1980Wes Bizilia 10–154–8T-5th
1980–1981Wes Bizilia 13–133–97th
1981–1982Wes Bizilia 11–133–96th
Wes Bizilia:94–11245–63
1982–1983Don Maestri 15–137–7T-4th
1983–1984Don Maestri 18–118–6T-3rd
1984–1985Don Maestri 14–135–11T-6th
1985–1986Don Maestri 14–138–8T-6th
1986–1987Don Maestri 12–145–119th
1987–1988Don Maestri 24–1010–63rd NCAA Elite Eight
1988–1989Don Maestri 19–811–52nd
1989–1990Don Maestri 22–611–53rd
1990–1991Don Maestri 22–813–31st NCAA Second Round
Troy State (Division II Independent)(1991–1993)
1991–1992Don Maestri 23–6 NCAA First Round
1992–1993Don Maestri 27–5 NCAA Finals
Troy State (East Coast Conference)(1993–1994)
1993–1994 Don Maestri 13–145–01st
Troy State (Mid-Continent Conference)(1994–1997)
1994–1995Don Maestri 11–1610–8T-4th
1995–1996Don Maestri 11–168–108th
1996–1997Don Maestri 16–1110–64th
Troy State (Atlantic Sun Conference)(1997–2005)
1997–1998Don Maestri 7–205–115th (West)
1998–1999Don Maestri 9–186–10T-7th
1999–2000Don Maestri 17–1113–5T-1st
2000–2001Don Maestri 19–1212–62nd
2001–2002Don Maestri 18–1014–6T-1st
2002–2003Don Maestri 26–614–2T-1st (South) NCAA First Round
2003–2004Don Maestri 24–718–21st NIT First Round
2004–2005Don Maestri 12–1810–10T-8th
Troy (Sun Belt Conference)(2005–Present)
2005–2006Don Maestri 14–156–9T-4th (West)
2006–2007Don Maestri 13–178–10T-4th (East)
2007–2008Don Maestri 12–194–146th (East)
2008–2009Don Maestri 19–1314–42nd (East) CBI First Round
2009–2010Don Maestri 20–1313–5T-1st (East) NIT First Round
2010–2011Don Maestri 8–216–10T-4th (East)
2011–2012Don Maestri 10–185–11T-5th (East)
2012–2013Don Maestri 12–216–146th (East)
Don Maestri:501–403265–215
2013–2014 Phil Cunningham 11–206–128th
2014–2015Phil Cunningham 10–195–1511th
2015–2016Phil Cunningham 9–224–1611th
2016–2017Phil Cunningham 22–1510–8T-6th NCAA First Round
2017–2018Phil Cunningham 16–179–9T-5th
2018–2019Phil Cunningham 12–185–13T–12th
Phil Cunningham:80–11134–61
2019–2020 Scott Cross 9–225–15T–11th
2020–2021Scott Cross 11–174–126th (East)
2021–2022Scott Cross 20–1210–64th CBI First Round
Scott Cross:40–5119–33
Total:1,105–930

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Final Rankings

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.

YearRecordNCAA Poll
199223–6#14
199327–5#4

Source: [12]

Rivalries

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 11–23 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 1990s, 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 26–22 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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