[RV/-] SMU Travels To [12/8] Louisville Sunday For 12 P.M. CT Tip On CBSSN
Jan. 10, 2014
[RV/-] SMU (11-3, 1-1 American) faces its second consecutive ranked opponent on Sunday, playing at [12/8] Louisville (13-3, 2-1) in a CBS Sports Network matchup at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT. The Mustangs, which are receiving votes in the Associated Press Poll, enter the matchup off a 74-65 win against then No. 17/15 Connecticut. It was SMU's first win over a ranked opponent since Dec. 21, 2003 (60-59 at No. 17 Purdue).
Sunday's game is the first collegiate matchup for Hall of Famers Larry Brown and Rick Pitino. The two met 17 times in the NBA (Brown 11-6). It is the third of at least eight matchups across the nation this year between two Hall of Fame head coaches. They have a combined 2,554 wins as head coaches. Brown has 1,679 combined wins as a head coach in his time with teams in the ABA, NBA and NCAA as well as USA Basketball. Pitino has 875 total victories at the NBA and NCAA levels.
SMU and Louisville are meeting for the ninth time, the first time since the quarterfinal round of the 1987 Rainbow Classic, when UL won 87-79. This is the ninth time SMU will play against the defending national champion (0-8), and the first time since a 78-66 loss to No. 3 Arkansas on Dec. 8, 1994.
On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 35.8 percent from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA) and 61.6 points per game (2nd AAC, 21st NCAA). SMU has held 18 of its last 23 (12 of 14 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU is also leading the league in rebound margin (+8.9, 10th NCAA), outrebounding 13 of 14 opponents. The only opponent to outrebound SMU was [RV/-] Texas A&M (37-33) on Nov. 30 (W, 55-52) and the best margin was +26 (46-20) versus Sam Houston State on Nov. 26 (W, 72-53).
On offense, SMU is shooting 50.2 percent (1st American, 6th NCAA) and 41.5 percent from 3-point range (2nd American, 9th NCAA) while averaging 15.9 assists (2nd AAC, 26th NCAA). The team is averaging 73.5 points per game with seven Mustangs averaging at least 5.4 points. Nic Moore (13.9) and Markus Kennedy (10.4) are averaging double figures. Individually, Nic Moore is second in the American and first nationally in 3-point percentage (.547, 35-64). Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored all 14 opponents in the paint by an average of 34.9-18.9.
Nic Moore was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for the fourth time this season on Monday (Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Jan. 6), averaging 14.5 points and 5.5 assists in the Mustangs' first two conference games. On Dec. 23, Markus Kennedy was also named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll, while junior center Yanick Moreira has been listed once (Nov. 25). Freshman Ben Moore was The American Rookie of the Week on Nov. 18. Nic Moore was also named to the Corpus Christi Challenge All-Tournament Team.
RANKED OPPONENTS: SMU will look to beat its second-consecutive ranked opponent for the second time in school history on Sunday. The 1955-56 squad, ranked No. 8 at the time, defeated No. 17 Houston and No. 16 Oklahoma City on back to back nights in the NCAA West Regional in Lawrence, Kan. SMU's last road win over an opponent in the top 25 came against No. 17 Purdue on Dec. 21, 2003. The Mustangs last win against an opponent in the top 10 came at Reunion Arena (Dallas, Texas) in SMU's 82-76 win over No. 7 Florida on Dec. 3, 1987. SMU will also look to grab its first road win over an opponent in the top 10 since the Mustangs won at No. 10 Houston on Jan. 16, 1982.
RECEIVING VOTES: SMU is receiving nine votes in the week's AP Poll. When SMU received a vote in the AP Poll on Dec. 23, it was the first time SMU had received a vote since Dec. 23, 2003.
LAST GAME (W, 74-65 VS. NO. 17/15 CONNECTICUT ON JAN. 4) - DALLAS (AP) - Nic Moore had 20 points and six assists to lead SMU to a 74-65 victory over No. 17/15 Connecticut on Saturday in the Mustangs' first game of the season played on campus in refurbished Moody Coliseum. Nick Russell added 14 points for SMU (11-3, 1-1) in its first conference win as a member of the American Athletic Conference. Ryan Boatright had 15 points for the Huskies (11-3, 0-2), who lost their second straight, both in conference and both in Texas. Shabazz Napier and Lasan Kroham had 12 points and DeAndre Daniels added 11 for UConn, which lost to Houston on Tuesday. SMU went ahead 47-41 on a bank shot by Ben Moore with 11:36 left. The Mustangs went on a 6-1 run to go up 63-51 with 4:04 left. Boatright scored nine points in the first half but picked up his second and third fouls early in the second half and went to the bench. Napier, coming off a 27-point performance in the loss at Houston, was held to two points and one field goal attempt in the first half. The victory was the Mustangs' first against a ranked opponent since December 2003, when they beat No. 17 Purdue. SMU came into the game ranked third nationally in field goal defense (35.7 percent) and held UConn to 36.7 percent shooting instead of its season average of 47.2 percent. The overflow crowd of 7,166 was SMU's first home sellout since November 2001. SMU rode the momentum of the energized home crowd to a 7-2 lead in the early minutes before UConn used an eight-point run to move ahead 18-13 with 8:18 remaining. The Mustangs countered to build their largest lead of the half at 30-24 4 minutes before halftime on the fourth 3-pointer of the half by Nic Moore. But UConn, after uncharacteristically missing its first five 3-point attempts, hit two in the final 4 minutes of the half. That included Boatright's with 4 seconds remaining that gave the Huskies a 33-32 lead.
UP NEXT: SMU hosts USF on Wed. at 6 p.m. The Mustangs follow that with three games in four days, playing at UCF on Jan. 18, home against Hofstra on Jan. 19 and home against Rutgers on Jan. 21. The Hofstra game was rescheduled from Dec. 7 due to inclement weather.
THE SERIES VS. LOUISVILLE (2-6): This is the ninth meeting between the two programs, and the fourth in Louisville, a place where the Mustangs are winless in three tries. SMU and Louisville's first and last meetings were both played on neutral floors. A series that started with an 83-81 SMU win in the 1967 NCAA Midwest Regional, hasn't seen action since the two teams met in the 1987 Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, a contest the Mustangs lost 87-79. The two schools exchanged three home-and-homes in between the two neutral site encounters, with SMU winning the most recent game in Dallas in 1985. The Mustangs are 2-3 against the Cardinals when Louisville is ranked, including a 72-64 win on Feb. 16, 1985. SMU is 0-2 at Louisville when the Cardinals are ranked. SMU's upset over No. 2 Louisville in the 1967 NCAA Midwest Regional (Lawrence, Kan.) marks the highest ranked opponent that SMU has defeated.
LAST MEETING VS. LOUISVILLE (L, 87-79 in Honolulu, Hawaii, (Rainbow Classic) on Dec. 28, 1987): HONOLULU (SMU): Louisville overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat SMU by a count of 87-79 in the quarterfinals of the Rainbow Classic at Blaisdell Arena. The Cardinals (4-2) finished with all five starters in double figures, led by 23 points and 10 rebounds from Pervis Ellison. SMU (8-2) was led by 23 points off the bench from Todd Alexander and 20 points from Eric Longino. Both teams shot over 50%, with the Cardinals shooting 55.2%, and the Mustangs shooting 50.7%. SMU was also 50% from beyond the arc, led by a 7-9 (77.8%) clip in the first half.
HALL OF FAME HEAD COACH Larry Brown...was named head men's basketball coach at SMU on April 19, 2012. He is the only head coach to win both an NCAA title (Kansas 1988) and an NBA Championship (Detroit 2004). Brown was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach on Sept. 27, 2002. He is in his 39th season as a head coach and 9th at the NCAA level. He has an overall record of 1679-1212 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 203-81 (26-20 at SMU), making the NCAA tournament in his first seven seasons including three Final Fours (1980, 1986, 1988) and the 1988 NCAA title.
ACTIVE HALL OF FAMERS: There are five active coaches that have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
HOF vs. HOF: There will be at least 8 matchups this season between Hall of Fame head coaches. SMU's Larry Brown will be in at least two of them, facing Louisville's Rick Pitino twice during American Athletic Conference play.
ACTIVE NCAA CHAMPS: Larry Brown is one of 11 active Division I head coaches to win an NCAA Championship as a head coach.
Larry Brown AT HOME (NCAA): His teams are 109-18 (.858) at home. He is 14-7 (.667) at SMU. His teams were 24-6 (.800) at Pauley Pavilion at UCLA and 71-5 (.934) at Allen Fieldhouse while at Kansas. (At KU, his teams won a Big 8-record 55 straight home games, which is 3rd all-time at KU - Started 3/3/84 vs. Oklahoma State W, 91-70 - Ended 1/30/88 vs. Kansas State L, 72-61).
Larry Brown ON THE ROAD (NCAA): His teams are 49-42 (.538) in road games. He is 8-9 (.471) at SMU.
Larry Brown IN NEUTRAL SITE GAMES (NCAA): His teams are 45-21 (.682) in neutral site games. He is 3-3 (.500) in neutral site games with SMU.
SIGNING DAY - CONSENSUS TOP-5 PROSPECT EMMANUEL MUDIAY SIGNS WITH SMU: SMU Head Coach Larry Brown announced that Emmanuel Mudiay has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Mustangs beginning with the 2014-15 season. Mudiay is a consensus top-5 prospect from Prime Prep Academy in Dallas. He is rated No. 2 overall by Rivals, No. 3 overall by Scout and No. 5 overall by ESPN. As a junior, Mudiay averaged just over 15 points and 10 rebounds as he helped Prime Prep to a 37-2 record, reaching the semifinals of the National High School Invitational. He played AAU basketball for MWA Elite, averaging 14.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 2013 after averaging 21.2 points and 6.0 assists in 2012. Mudiay's signing follows a 2013 class that ranked as high as No. 14 nationally.
PROUD TO BE AMERICAN: A new era of SMU Basketball begins in January as the Mustangs play their inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs play their first American Athletic Conference contest at Cincinnati on New Year's Day. The first home game in the renovated Moody Coliseum is against Connecticut on Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. Defending NCAA champion Louisville comes to Moody Coliseum in the home finale on March 5. SMU fans will get a chance to see every AAC opponent in Moody Coliseum, as the Mustangs will play each league opponent twice. All 18 American Athletic Conference matchups will be nationally televised. In addition to Louisville, the Mustangs will host 2013 NCAA Tournament teams Temple, Memphis and Cincinnati. SMU will also host games against league foes Houston, Rutgers, UCF and USF.
SMU PICKED SIXTH IN THE AMERICAN PRESEASON POLL: SMU was picked to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference's first preseason coaches' poll. SMU freshman Keith Frazier, a McDonald's All-American from Dallas Kimball High School, was tabbed as the Preseason Rookie of the Year. Defending NCAA Champion Louisville was the unanimous selection to win the league. Connecticut was picked second while 2013 NCAA teams Memphis, Cincinnati and Temple were picked third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
THE GRADUATES: SMU seniors Nick Russell and Shawn Williams have already earned their bachelor's degrees and are enrolled in graduate courses. Williams graduated in May 2013 with a degree in sociology. Russell earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in August 2013.
SMU VS. DEFENDING NCAA CHAMPIONS: The Mustangs will face defending NCAA champion Louisville at least twice this season. The Mustangs have faced the defending champ in seven other seasons.
ATTENDANCE UP: Avg. Attendance from 2011-12 to 2012-13 - 71.1% increase (3,443 from 2,013). SMU already has more than 1,000 new season tickets for 2013-14. The Mustangs are averaging 3,909 so far this season including a sellout of 7166 in the only game in Moody Coliseum this season.
BALANCED SCORING: On offense, seven Mustangs are averaging at least 5.4 points per game. The team is averaging 73.5 points per game with Nic Moore (13.9) and Markus Kennedy (10.4) averaging double figures.
BENCH SCORING: SMU is averaging 31.8 points per game off the bench. SMU had 40 points off the bench on Dec. 18 against Texas-Pan American, the Mustangs' fourth game this season with 40+ bench points (42 vs. Rhode Island, 45 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 49 vs. McNeese State).
FG% 50+: In 6 games this year, SMU has shot 50% or better, including 3 of the last 6 contests. In the Mustangs' 87-61 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, SMU shot 66.7% from the field, tying for the sixth-highest clip in program history. The Mustangs are sixth in the nation and first in The American in field goal percentage at 50.2%.
CRASHING THE GLASS: The Mustangs have outrebounded their opponents in 13 of 14 games, averaging 38.6 rebounds per game compared to their opponents 29.7 per game. In its last four games, SMU has outrebounded it's opponents by a combined 90-49 in the second half. SMU is 10th in the nation and first in The American in rebounding margin at +8.9.
FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 35.8% from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA). SMU has held 18 of its last 23 (12 of 14 this year) opponents under 40%. Last season, SMU was 29th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (.395). That was the first time SMU had kept opponents below 40% for a season since 1961-62.
NATIONAL EXPOSURE: 21 of the Mustangs' games will be broadcast live on national television this season, six more than the last five years combined. All 18 of SMU's American Athletic Conference games will air on either the ESPN family of networks or CBS Sports Network. The Mustangs also have eight non-conference games available on ESPN3.
PAINT IS KEY: The Mustangs have outscored their opponents in the paint in all 14 games this year. SMU has scored 50 or more points in the paint twice this season, a 54-point output against Rhode Island (11/11) and 52 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (11/24). On average, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents in the key by a count of 34.9-18.9.
RECEIVING VOTES: SMU received a vote in the AP Poll on Dec. 23. It was the first time SMU had received a vote since Dec. 23, 2003. The Mustangs garnered 9 votes in the Jan. 6 AP Poll.
ROAD MUSTANGS: The Mustangs are 12-12 under Larry Brown in road/neutral games (8-8 road/4-4 neutral). This season, SMU is 4-2 away from home with a 2-1 road mark. In 2012-13, SMU went 6-7 on the road, winning 6 regular season road games for the first time since doing the same in 2001-02. The Mustangs went 3-2 in non-conference road games, winning 3 non-league games on the road for the first time since 2003-04. Dec. 1 is also the earliest SMU has had 3 road wins, beating the previous date of Dec. 9 in 2003-04.
TURNAROUND +53: SMU defeated Rhode Island 89-58 (+31) on Nov. 11. That was a 53-point turnaround from the previous meeting, a 72-50 (-22) loss at Rhode Island on Dec. 15, 2012. That tied the largest turnaround in SMU history for consecutive meetings against the same opponent. The previous 53-point mark was set when SMU defeated Memphis 70-60 at Moody Coliseum on Jan. 30, 2010 after falling 90-47 at #5 Memphis on Feb. 18, 2009.
UPSET SPECIAL: SMU's win over No. 17/15 Connecticut on Jan. 4 was its first over a ranked opponent since Dec. 21, 2003, when the Mustangs won at No. 17 Purdue by a count of 60-59. It was also SMU's first home win over a ranked opponent since it topped No. 25 Houston 70-60 on Jan. 30, 1993. SMU beat No. 2 Louisville on March 17, 1967, the highest ranked team the Mustangs have defeated in their programs history. The last time the Mustangs defeated two ranked teams in the same season was in 1984-85, a year where the Mustangs were 3-1 against ranked opponents, including a 72-64 win over No. 19 Louisville.
Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): Has played in all 14 games, starting 3, averaging 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 13.9 minutes per game. Scored a season-high 9 points on 3-4 shooting and tallied 3 assists in his third career start against UCONN. Had a team-high seven rebounds in 13 minutes against Texas State. Scored first two collegiate points against Rhode Island.
Cannen Cunningham (6-10, 225, C, Jr.): Played in all 14 games, averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game. Tied a season-high in rebounds with 6 in SMU's win over UTPA. SMU Career Rankings: 86 blocks, good for eighth at SMU.
Kevin Dunleavy (6-3, 180, G, Jr.): Played in 5 games. Scored his first career points (2) against McNeese State. Made his first appearance of the season against Rhode Island. 2012-13: Averaged 1.8 minutes in five games a year ago. Recorded his first career steal at Hofstra.
Keith Frazier (6-5, 190, G, Fr.): Played in 13 games, averaging 6.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 17.3 minutes per game. Scored all 7 of his points against UCONN in a 2:08 stretch in the early stages of the second half to take SMU from 38-38 to 45-41 to kick-start a 15-6 run. Did not play at Arkansas (injury). Third on the team with 11 points, including nine from beyond the arc, in his collegiate debut against TCU. Prep: McDonald's All-American
Crandall Head (6-4, 180, G, RS-Jr.): Played in 12 games, averaging 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.3 minutes. Scored a career-high six points to go along with a season-high two assists against McNeese State. Had two points and two rebounds in his SMU debut against TCU.
Markus Kennedy (6-9, 245, F, RS-So.): Played in all 14 games, averaging 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.1 steals and 1.2 assists in 21.6 minutes. Scored 8 of his 10 points to extend his double-digit streak to 5-straight games and added 8 boards in the Mustangs win over Connecticut. Led the Mustangs in points, rebounds blocks and steals at Cincinnati, scoring 12, hauling in 9 rebounds, while adding 3 blocks and 2 steals. Set a new career-high with 17 points, and tied a season-high 7 rebounds in his fifth-game in double figures against UTPA. Recorded or tied team-highs in rebounds (5), assists (5) and blocks (2) against Virginia. Scored a career-high 14 points and tied his career high in block shots with four against Sam Houston State. Went 8-8 from the free-throw line against Sam Houston State. Tallied four points, four rebounds, one block and a steal in his SMU debut against TCU. Conference Rankings: 14th in FG% (50.5), 10th in blocked shots (1.3), eighth in defensive rebounds (4.4).
Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Played in all 14 games, starting 11, averaging 5.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 20.7 minutes. Hauled in a season-high 6 rebounds at Wyoming, all is the first half. Scored a season-high 14 points against UTPA. Had a season-high four assists to go along with eight points against McNeese State. Career-high three blocks to go along with three assists, two points and a steal in 20 minutes against Texas State. School Record: Netted the most free-throws by a sophomore (2012-13) in SMU history with 167, a mark that included nine games of 7+ free throws.
Ben Moore (6-8, 185, F, Fr.): Played in all 14 games, averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 12.6 minutes. Shooting 34-47 (72.3%) from the field. Recorded a season-high and game-high five assists to go along with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting against McNeese State. Tallied 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting while adding two blocks and an assist at Arkansas. Awards: American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week (11/18) Prep: All-Illinois Honorable Mention selection and Mr. Basketball finalist.
Nic Moore (5-9, 170, G, RS-So.): Started all 14 games, averaging 13.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.3 minutes. Has scored in double figures in 12 of 14 games, and has made multiple 3PT field goals in 11 of 14 games. Led SMU to its first road win of the season on Dec. 4, scoring 20 points on 6-11 shooting (3-5 from three), while adding seven assists. First player to go 5-for-5 or better from beyond the arc since Rodney Clinkscales did so on 11/12/10 against Arkansas- Little Rock. Conference Rankings: 14th in scoring (13.9), 10th in FG% (52.0), third in assists (4.6), second in 3PT FG% (54.7), second in 3PT made (2.5), third in assist/turnover ratio (2.0), eighth in minutes played (32.3). National Rankings: 1st in the NCAA in 3PT FG% Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll four times (11/18, 12/2, 12/9 and 1/6).
Yanick Moreira (6-11, 220, C, Jr.): Started all 14 games, averaging 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 18.4 minutes. First Mustang to record a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds against Sam Houston State, his fourth-straight game in double figures in points. Shot 6-of-6 from the floor against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the first player to shoot perfect from the field (min. 5 FGM) since Papa Dia went 10-10 against Southern Miss on Jan. 22, 2011. Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll (11/25) Conference Rankings: Sixth in FG% (56.3), 14th in defensive rebounds (3.9). 2012-13: JUCO All-America and the No. 1 junior college prospect by JUCO Junction on Rivals.
Jean-Micheal Mudiay (6-3, 200, G, Jr.): Played 5 games, pulling down 2 rebounds in 9 minutes. Made his NCAA Division I debut against Rhode Island. 2011-13: Played two seasons at Western Texas College, averaging 3.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.9 steals a year ago.
Nick Russell (6-4, 210, G, RS-Sr.): Played in all 14 games, starting 13, averaging 8.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. Scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half to help propel the Mustangs to a 9-point win over No. 17/15 Connecticut. Drained his seventh three of the season to kick-start SMU's game-ending 11-2 run in its win at Wyoming. Tied a career-high with 9 assists, and tied a season-high with 8 rebounds against UTPA. Had a career-high eight rebounds and a season-high six assists against Sam Houston State. Has distributed multiple assists in all five of SMU's games this year. 2012-13: Scored in double-figures in all but five games last season, and in 17-straight games from Jan. 2-March 9. Conference Rankings: 10th in assists (3.6), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.7).
Jonathan Wilfong (6-2, 185, G, Fr.): Played in 4 games, scoring 6 points, pulling down 3 rebounds in 7 minutes. Scored his first collegiate points in his first collegiate game on the Mustangs' second-to-last possession against Rhode Island.
Shawn Williams (6-7, 230, F, RS-Sr.): Played in all 14 games, starting 13, averaging 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game. Had a season-high 5 rebounds against UTPA. 2012-13: Third at SMU in rebound average with 5.2 a game in 2012-13, in addition to averaging 8.5 points and 0.8 blocks per game.
Larry Brown IN OT (NCAA): 3-6
SMU IS SOCIAL:
WORLD-CLASS FACILITY: SMU's Crum Basketball Center has been a world-class training center since opening in 2008. The 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks used the Crum Center for their 2008, 2009 and 2010 training camps. Several other NBA teams have also used the facility while in Dallas to play the Mavericks.
SMU ADDS 1,000 NEW SEASON TICKETS: SMU Men's Basketball has over 1,000 new season tickets. The Mustangs open the renovated Moody Coliseum on Jan. 4 versus Connecticut. SMU fans will get a chance to see every American Athletic Conference opponent in Moody Coliseum, as the Mustangs will play each league opponent twice. In addition to Connecticut, the Mustangs will host defending national champion Louisville as well as 2013 NCAA Tournament teams Temple, Memphis and Cincinnati. SMU will also host games against league foes Houston, Rutgers, UCF and USF.
MENTOR VS. MOP: Larry Brown (SMU) and Danny Manning (Tulsa) met twice as head coaches in the 2012-13 season. SMU and Tulsa split the matchups; Tulsa won 48-47 at SMU on Jan. 6 and SMU won 71-65 at Tulsa on March 6. Brown was the head coach and Manning was the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) of the Final Four as Kansas won the 1988 NCAA Championship. They are just the second tandem to meet as head coaches after being the head coach and MOP for the same NCAA title team.
GENE PHILLIPS INDUCTED TO SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE SPORTS HALL OF FAME: SMU Hall of Famer Gene Phillips was inducted into the Southwest Conference (SWC) Hall of Fame on Oct. 28. The SWC HOF is sponsored by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco. Phillips played at SMU from 1968-71 and was a three-time SWC Player of the Year. He averaged 26.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during his three-season career on the Hilltop. He set the program record with 1,932 career points, which is still second. His 26.1 points per game for a career are also the SMU standard. He also holds the marks for the top two seasons at SMU in scoring and scoring average; totaling 737 points with a 28.3 average in 1970-71 and adding 685 points for a 28.5 average in 1969-70. He set the SMU and SWC record with 51 points at Texas on March 2, 1971, and scored 30 or more points 24 times. He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1971 NBA Draft and played two seasons with the ABA's Dallas Chaparrals.
SECOND CENTURY CAMPIAGN GOAL $1 BILLION: Bolstered by the success to date of SMU's Second Century Campaign, the University's Board of Trustees has raised the goal from $750 million to $1 billion. At its quarterly meeting on Sept. 13, the board voted unanimously to accept the new goal recommended by the campaign's leadership. The campaign seeks additional funds for scholarships, academic programs, faculty positions and campus improvements and facilities. SMU already has surpassed its original goal and timetable, raising $780 million for a campaign scheduled to end in 2015, the 100th anniversary of SMU's opening. That date is now set to mark another milestone - the completion of SMU's first $1 billion campaign. SMU will join only 12 other private universities currently seeking goals of $1 billion or more. Among them are Columbia, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California. SMU is the first comprehensive university in North Texas to seek that amount.
NEW COURT DESIGN FOR NEW MOODY: With the renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum moving close to completion, SMU unveiled the new floor design for the historic facility. The new floor has a classic and clean look to it. The court will have a blue border with white lines marking the lanes, three-point arcs and mid-court stripe. The center-court logo includes the blue SMU word mark and red pony. The new design also focuses on branding the University and SMU Athletics as the Mustangs' exposure reaches unprecedented levels - all 18 men's conference games are nationally televised during the inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference.