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The Troy men's basketball team (4-5, 0-2) is looking to snap a three-game skid, when Utah Valley (4-6, 0-0) comes to town on Saturday night.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Trojan Arena. 

Live stats, video and audio will be available on TroyTrojans.com, on the men's basketball schedule page. 

Troy has dropped three straight games, after beginning the season 4-2.  Last week, Troy fell at UALR and at home against Western Kentucky to begin Sun Belt Conference play.  The Trojans shot extremely well against the Hilltoppers, hitting 51.9 percent of their shots and scoring a season-high 71 points in the loss.  Three Trojans tied or set career-highs in the game, in Antoine Myers, Deonata Jethroe and Josh Warren.  Myers's 20 points were a team-high for the season, while his 7-of-10 shooting performance is the best of the season for any Trojan taking at least 10 shots. 

Hunter Williams leads the team in scoring, at 10.8 points per game.  Emil Jones and Myers are also averaging double-figures, with Jones at 10.2 points and Myers at 10.1 points per game.  Jones and Ray Chambers are the leaders on the glass, as each are tearing down 5.4 boards per game.  The Trojans are protecting the ball well this season, averaging just 10.6 turnovers per game, the 14th fewest in the country. 

Utah Valley comes into the day 4-6 on the season, after falling at Weber State on Wednesday night, 89-56.  Ben Aird leads the team with 12.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.  The Wolverines have a very balanced lineup, with every player seeing significant minutes. 

Utah Valley is scoring 64.1 points per game, while shooting 44.9 percent from the field.  The Wolverines are just 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and are getting out-rebounded by 2.8 boards per game. 

Troy is 1-1 all-time against the Utah Valley, with both games coming during the 2007-08 season.  Utah Valley defeated Troy in Orem, Utah, 72-51, but the Trojans prevailed at home, winning 80-67.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Troy Athletics Dept.

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