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A case of “When it rains, it pours?” WPSD is reporting that Troy King will join 2 other players in leaving the UT Martin basketball program. According to head coach Jason James, he wants to be closer to his family in Maryland, and may not continue playing college basketball.

After a solid freshman year that saw King become a regular in the Skyhawks starting lineup, he saw his minutes, and starts, reduced in a less productive sophomore year. As is the case with most of the team, he saw his shooting statistics dramatically fall, including shooting more that 10% worse from 3-point range compared to his freshman season.

I made the comment earlier that neither of the first two transfers weren’t “team killers,” and I believe this to be the same with King, although this is a worse loss. I do feel that King could have been a pivotal role player on the Skyhawks, but I didn’t see him again becoming a consistent starter, especially with the outstanding play of freshman Myles Taylor this past season, and the solid play of fellow sophomore forward Mike Liabo.

I was curious heading into the offseason how the 4-win season would impact the players. While we’ve yet to see a starter leave the program, with 3 in the last 2 days, one has to wonder if any will join them before the week is out.

  1. Bswhetzel:
    The rumor is wrong ,Troy King will continue his college basketball career it just won't be at Tennessee MartIn.Catkin Bogard is also wrong when he reports that this is not a huge loss to Tennessee Martin. Troy King is an excellent player and was not used by the coaching staff.The coaching staff went in another direction that landed them only four wins, and only two of them were against division 1 teams. The coaching staff used the same starting line up numerous times without any success, while Troy King set on the bench.This young man deserves much more .Tennessee Martin has huge problems that will unfold as time goes on.
    • As reported, this information came from WPSD, and they were told this information by James, so as far as official information goes, this is all I have to report on. As for King...if they were never going to use him, how can he be a huge loss? I wasn't trying to imply he wasn't a talented player, simply that he wasn't going to fit in to what UT Martin wanted to do. I hope he has the possibility to continue his college career if that's what he wishes to do.
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Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24