SMU Begins Busy Four-Day Stretch With Saturday 11 AM CT Tip At UCF

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Jan. 16, 2014

 SMU (12-4, 2-2 American) vs. UCF (9-6, 1-3 American)
 Date & Tip Time  Saturday, Jan. 18 at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT
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The Last Meeting
SMU65
UCF74
January 26, 2013
Orlando, Fla.
SMU Comeback Falls Short Against UCF
Isaiah Sykes posted a double-double and Calvin Newell scored 17 points to lift Central Florida over SMU 74-65 Saturday in a Conference USA matchup.


SMU (12-4, 2-2 American) plays at UCF (9-6, 1-3) on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT on ESPNews, beginning a stretch of three games in four days. Saturday is the first of two matchups this year, with UCF returning to Dallas on March 1. The teams are meeting as conference foes for the ninth consecutive season. The Mustangs follow the game at UCF by hosting Hofstra on Sunday at 6 p.m. and Rutgers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The contests with Hofstra was originally scheduled for Dec. 7, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 36.3 percent from the field (1st American, 4th NCAA) and 61.8 points per game (2nd AAC, 24th NCAA). SMU has held 19 of its last 25 (13 of 16 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU is also leading the league in rebound margin (+9.0, 9th NCAA), outrebounding 15 of 16 opponents.

On offense, SMU is shooting 49.2 percent (1st American, 14th NCAA) and 38.7 percent from 3-point range (2nd American), while averaging 15.6 assists (2nd AAC, 35th NCAA). The team is averaging 72.7 points per game with eight Mustangs averaging at least 5.4 points. Nic Moore (13.2) and Markus Kennedy (10.9) are averaging double figures. Individually, Nic Moore is second in The American in 3-point percentage (.507, 35-69). Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored all 16 opponents in the paint by an average of 35.3-19.8.

Nic Moore has been named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll four times this season (Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Jan. 6). 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.

RECEIVING VOTES: SMU received votes in the AP poll on Jan. 6 (9 votes) and Dec. 23 (1 vote). This is the first season SMU has received votes since 2003-04 (Dec. 23, 2003).

RPI WATCH: The Mustangs entered the week at No. 40 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 40. SMU is 2-4 against teams in the RPI top 100, with wins over No. 27 Connecticut and at No. 88 Wyoming. All four of the Mustangs' losses have come against teams in the top 100, including three in the top 40.

LAST GAME (W, 71-54 VS.USF ON JAN. 15): DALLAS (AP) Markus Kennedy scored a game-high 18 points and Shawn Williams added 16 to lead SMU to a 71-54 victory over South Florida on Wednesday night. SMU (12-4, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) never trailed, scoring the first 13 points and owned a double-digit lead from four minutes after tipoff for the rest of the game. Their largest lead was 26 late with 4:16 remaining. Kennedy, a 6-foot-9 sophomore transfer who played previously for Villanova, made his second consecutive start since SMU's starting center, 6-11 junior Yanick Moreira, injured his right knee in practice last Thursday. Kennedy is SMU's second-leading scorer this season despite coming off the bench for the first 14 games. He made his first start last Saturday in a 71-63 loss at then-No. 12 Louisville. Moreira will be out for three to six weeks from Jan. 9. SMU went into the game ranked fourth in Division I in field-goal defense, allowing 36.5-percent shooting, and held South Florida to 32.1 percent. SMU raced to the 13-0 lead in the first 4:39 while South Florida missed its first six field-goal attempts and committed three turnovers. The Mustangs were so hot they missed a free-throw attempt before missing from the field - and got the offensive rebound on the missed free throw to convert it into a basket. South Florida finally got on the scoreboard with two free throws from Chris Perry. Martino Brock's layup with 12:42 left in the half accounted for USF's first field goal. The SMU first-half lead reached 19 points with 7:04 left before intermission at 30-11. USF played its seventh consecutive game without junior point guard Anthony Collins, a three-year starter sidelined with knee problems. Zach LeDay led South Florida (10-7, 1-3), with 12 points off the bench.

UP NEXT: The Mustangs will continue their stretch of three games in four days when they host Hofstra on Sunday, followed by Rutgers on Tuesday (Jan. 21). The Hofstra game was rescheduled from Dec. 7 due to inclement weather.

THE SERIES VS. UCF (3-6): This is the 10th meeting between the two schools with UCF holding a 6-3 advantage. UCF holds a 5-3 edge in regular season games, including a 74-65 win in Florida on Jan. 6, 2013. The Knights' victory in 2012 marked the first time in series history in which the home team did not win. The Mustangs have never won in Orlando. SMU lost 51-48 in its last trip to UCF, on March 2, 2011. The Mustangs have not beaten UCF since taking a 65-43 win at home on Jan. 27, 2010.

LAST MEETING VS. UCF (L, 74-65, at UCF on Jan. 26, 2013): ORLANDO (AP) - Isaiah Sykes posted a double-double and Calvin Newell scored 17 points to lift Central Florida over SMU 74-65 Saturday in a Conference USA matchup. Tristan Spurlock added 14 points, and Sykes finished with 21 points and 10 boards.. A 19-9 Mustangs run cut what was an 11-point deficit to 66-65 with just 1:49 remaining. But SMU (11-10, 1-5) could not overtake UCF, as Sykes and Kasey Wilson hit back-to-back layups while the Knights held the Mustangs scoreless the rest of the way. The Mustangs, who entered allowing opponents to shoot just 39 percent, allowed UCF to shoot 46.4 percent (26-for-56). Ryan Manuel had 17 for SMU, while Nick Russell added 15 points and Jalen Jones pitched in with 13 points.

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 1680-1213 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 204-82 (27-21 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.
- Jim Boeheim, Syracuse - HOF 2005
- Larry Brown, SMU - HOF 2002
- Mike Krzyzewski, Duke - HOF 2001
- Rick Pitino, Louisville - HOF 2013
- Roy Williams, North Carolina - HOF 2007

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.
Nov. 24: [24/19] North Carolina (Williams) vs. [3/2] Louisville (Pitino) (UNC Wins 93-84)
Jan. 11: [RV/RV] North Carolina (Williams) at [2/2] Syracuse (Boeheim) (Syracuse wins 57-45)
Jan. 12: [RV/-] SMU (Brown) at [12/8] Louisville (Pitino) (UL wins 71-63)
Feb. 1: Duke (Krzyzewski) at Syracuse (Boeheim)
Feb. 12: Duke (Krzyzewski) at North Carolina (Williams)
Feb. 22: Syracuse (Boeheim) at Duke (Krzyzewski)
Mar 5: Louisville (Pitino) at SMU (Brown)
Mar. 8: North Carolina (Williams) at Duke (Krzyzewski)

ACTIVE NCAA CHAMPS: Larry Brown is one of 11 active Division I head coaches to win an NCAA Championship as a head coach.
- Jim Boeheim, Syracuse (Syracuse 2003)
- Larry Brown, SMU (Kansas 1988)
- John Calipari, Kentucky (Kentucky 2012)
- Billy Donovan, Florida (Florida 2006, 2007)
- Steve Fisher, San Diego State (Michigan 1989)
- Tom Izzo, Michigan State (Michigan State 2000)
- Mike Krzyzewski, Duke (Duke 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010) <- > - Rick Pitino, Louisville (Kentucky 1996, Louisville 2013) br> - Bill Self, Kansas (Kansas 2008)
- Tubby Smith, Texas Tech (Kentucky 1998)
- Roy Williams, North Carolina (North Carolina 2009, '05)

Larry Brown AT HOME (NCAA): His teams are 110-18 (.859) at home. He is 15-7 (.682) 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 49-43 (.533) in road games, 8-10 (.444) 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.
Opponent Series 2013-14 Meetings (Last Matchup Prior To 2013-14)
Cincinnati 1-3 J1 at UC (L, 65-57), F8 at SMU (L, 106-74 at UC on 1/15/1975)
Connecticut 2-0 J4 at SMU (W, 74-65), F23 at UCONN (W, 80-66 at SMU, 12/30/1965)
Houston 25-46 J26 at UH, F19 at SMU (L, 84-80 OT at SMU, 2/2/2013)
Louisville 2-6 J12 at UL (L, 71-63), M5 at SMU (L, 87-79 - Honolulu, 12/28/1987)
Memphis 3-11 F1 at SMU, M8 at UM (L, 60-52 at SMU, 2/6/2013)
Rutgers 0-0 J21 at SMU, F13 at RU (First Meeting)
Temple 0-2 F6 at SMU, F16 at TU (L, 90-81 - Evanston, Ill., 3/23/1956)
NCAA Final Four - 3rd Place Game
UCF 3-6 J18 at UCF, M1 at SMU (L, 74-65, at UCF, 1/26/2013)
USF 3-2 J15 at SMU (W, 71-54), J28 at USF (L, 67-61 at SMU, 11/13/2009)

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.
2013-14 PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
Rank. Team (First-Place Votes) - Pts.
1. Louisville (9) * - 81
2. UConn (1) - 69
3. Memphis - 68
4. Cincinnati - 58
5. Temple - 40
6. SMU - 39
7. Houston - 28
8. USF - 27
9. UCF - 24
10. Rutgers - 16

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.
Date Opponent Result
12/19/1952 at Kansas L, 66-83
12/20/1952 at Kansas L, 55-72
3/22/1956 vs. [1] San Francisco L, 68-86 in NCAA Semifinal
12/11/1958 at [3] Kentucky L, 60-72
12/10/1966 UTEP L, 62-71
12/8/1973 at [1] UCLA L, 60-77
1/9/1989 at [20] Kansas L, 82-90 (2OT)
12/8/1994 [3] Arkansas L, 66-78
1/12/2014 at [12/8] Louisville L, 63-71
3/5/2014 Louisville

TEAM NOTES:

AWARDS:
- American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week
Ben Moore (Nov. 18) - 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks in win over Rhode Island
- American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll
Nic Moore (Nov. 18) - 20 points, 7-9 FG, 4-4 3FG, 7 assists in win over Rhode Island
Yanick Moreira (Nov. 25) - 15.0 pts, 5.3 rebs, 1.7 blks, 62.2% FG (15-23) in 3 games
Nic Moore (Dec. 2) - 13.0 pts, 2.3 asts, 2.3 rebs, Corpus Christi Challenge All-Tournanment
Nic Moore (Dec. 9) - 17.5 pts, 5.0 asts, 3.0 rebs, 64.7% FG (11-17), 80.0% 3FG (8-10)
Markus Kennedy (Dec. 23) - 16.0 pts, 7.0 rebs, 68.4% FG (13-19) in 2 wins
Nic Moore (Jan. 6) - 14.5 pts, 5.5 asts in 1-1 week
- Corpus Christi Challegne All-Tournament Team (Nov. 29-30)
Nic Moore - 16.5 pts, 3.0 rebs, 1.5 asts, 1.0 stl, 11-21 FG (.524), 7-12 3FG (.583)

ATTENDANCE UP: Avg. Attendance from 2011-12 to 2012-13 - 71.1% increase (3,443 from 2,013). SMU has more than 1,000 new season tickets for 2013-14. The Mustangs are averaging 4,212 so far this season, including an average of 6,749 in the two games in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum. SMU recorded a sellout against Connecticut (W, 74-65, 7,166), its first sellout since 2001. SMU then had 6,332 versus USF on 1/15 marking the first time for consecutive 6,000-plus crowds since 2/28/00 vs. TCU (7,289) and 3/4/00 vs. Tulsa (8,998 - sellout).

BALANCED SCORING: On offense, eight Mustangs are averaging at least 5.4 points per game. The team is averaging 72.7 points per game with Nic Moore (13.2) and Markus Kennedy (10.9) averaging double figures.

BENCH SCORING: SMU is averaging 30.3 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).

CRASHING THE GLASS: The Mustangs have outrebounded their opponents in 15 of 16 games, averaging 39.1 rebounds per game compared to their opponents 30.1 per game. In its last 6 games, SMU has outrebounded its opponents by a combined 135-80 in the second half. SMU is 9th in the nation and 1st in The American in rebounding margin at +9.0. The Mustangs have hauled in double digit offensive rebounds in 12 of 16 games, including each of the last six, and have had 15+ offensive rebounds five times this year, including two of the last three. 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).

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE: The Mustangs enter Saturday's game averaging 14.1 second chance points, outscoring their opponents in that department in 13 of 16 games this season. SMU has scored in double digits in all but 2 games in 2013-14 (at UIC and vs. USF). The Mustangs have outscored their opponents by 10+ in second chance points four times, including an 18-3 margin at No. 12/8 Louisville.

FG% 50+: In 7 games this year, SMU has shot 50% or better, including 4 of the last 8 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 14th in the nation and 1st in The American in field goal percentage at 49.2%.

FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 36.3% from the field (1st American, 4th NCAA). SMU has held 19 of its last 25 (13 of 16 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.

A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS: SMU is 2nd in The American and 35th in the nation in assists, entering Saturday's game averaging 15.6 per game. The Mustangs have assisted on at least 50% of their field goals in 14 of 16 games this season. SMU has dished out 20 or more assists in 5 games in 2013-14.

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 had eight non-conference games available on ESPN3.

PAINT IS KEY: The Mustangs have outscored their opponents in the paint in all 16 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). SMU has scored 40+ paint points 5 times, including Wednesday against USF (42). On average, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents in the key by a count of 35.3-19.8.

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 12-13 under Larry Brown in road/neutral games (8-9 road/4-4 neutral). This season, SMU is 4-3 away from home with a 2-2 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.

RPI WATCH: The Mustangs entered the week at No. 40 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 40. SMU is 2-4 against teams in the RPI top 100, with wins over No. 27 Connecticut and at No. 88 Wyoming. All four of the Mustangs' losses have come against teams in the top 100, including three in the top 40.

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.

RECORDS UPDATE:
SMU - TEAM
FG% - 66.7 (32-48), T-6th, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11/24
3FG% - 71.4 (10-14), T-3rd, McNeese State 12/2
OPPONENT - TEAM
3FG% - 71.4 (10-14), T-3rd, vs. [RV/RV] Virginia 11/29
3FGA - 34 (10-34), T-6th, McNeese State 12/2
OPPONENT - INDIVIDUAL
Steals - 6, T-4th, Tevin Hammond, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11/24

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

DOUBLE-DOUBLES:
2013-14 Opponent Stats Season Career
Moreira Sam Houston St 11/26 13 pts, 12 rebs 1st 1st
Kennedy USF 1/15 18 pts, 10 rebs 1st 1st
2012-13 Opponent Stats Season Career
Manuel Rider 11/21 24 pts, 11 rebs 1st 1st
Williams vs. UALR 11/24 15 pts, 10 rebs 1st 1st
Williams at Hofstra 12/1 10 pts, 10 rebs 2nd 2nd
Cunningham [RV/RV] Wyoming 1/2 14 pts, 11 rebs 1st 1st
Manuel Houston 2/2 15 pts, 10 asts 2nd 2nd
Cunningham Rice 2/27 13 pts, 13 rebs 2nd 2nd
2011-12
N. Moore (ISU) at Ole Miss 3/14 24 pts, 10 asts 1st 1st

STREAKS (STAT):
10+points: Markus Kennedy 7 (11, 17, 15, 12, 10, 12, 18), Shawn Williams 2 (10, 16), Nic Moore (12)
8+ rebounds: Markus Kennedy 4 (9, 8, 8, 10)
Dbl-Dbl: Markus Kennedy (18/10)
5+ assists: Nic Moore (6)
3+ steals: Markus Kennedy 2 (3, 4)
2+ blocks:

Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): Played in all 16 games, starting 5, averaging 3.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 14.8 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 16 games, averaging 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game. Scored 8 points and hauled in 4 rebounds in a season-high 21 minutes at No. 12/8 Louisville. Tied a season-high in rebounds with 6 in SMU's win over UTPA. SMU Career Rankings: 87 blocks, good for eighth at SMU.

Kevin Dunleavy (6-3, 180, G, Jr.): Played in 6 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 15 games, averaging 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.3 minutes per game. Scored 7 of his 9 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 14 games, averaging 1.2 points and 0.9 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 16 games, starting 2, averaging 10.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.3 assists in 22.1 minutes. Recorded his first career double-double, scoring a career-high 18 points to go along with a season-high 10 rebounds, a career-high four steals and three assists in 28 minutes against USF. Has scored in double figures in seven-straight games. 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. 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: 11th in FG% (51.5), 12th in blocked shots (1.2), 14th in rebounding (6.2) sixth in defensive rebounds (4.6).

Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Played in all 16 games, starting 11, averaging 5.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.4 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 16 games, averaging 5.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12.9 minutes. 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 16 games, averaging 13.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.0 minutes. Has scored in double figures in 13 of 16 games, and has made multiple 3PT field goals in 11 of 16 games. Tied a season-high with 20 points to go along with 6 assists in 35 minutes to lead SMU to an upset over No. 17/15 Connecticut. 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 7 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: 15thin scoring (13.2), 10th in FG% (51.8), third in assists (4.7), second in 3PT FG% (50.7), third in 3PT made (2.2), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (2.0), ninth in minutes played (32.0) and 10th in FT% (79.1%) Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll four times (11/18, 12/2, 12/9 and 1/6).

Yanick Moreira (6-11, 220, C, Jr.): Out 3-6 weeks from Jan. 9 Started 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 (at time of injury): Seventh in FG% (56.6), 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 16 games, starting 15, averaging 8.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 30.3 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 career-high with 8 rebounds against UTPA. 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: 11th in assists (3.4), ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.6).

Jonathan Wilfong (6-2, 185, G, Fr.): Played in 5 games, scoring 6 points, pulling down 3 rebounds in 9 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 16 games, starting 15, averaging 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game. Had a season-high 16 points on a season-high 6 made field goals, to go along with a season-high 7 rebounds in a season-high 26 minutes in SMU's win over USF. It was the second-straight game Williams scored in double figures, after scoring 10 at No. 12/8 Louisville 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
1/16/81 UCLA at Arizona St L, 78-74 (3ot) Pac 10 Game
1/4/86 Kansas at Memphis L, 83-80
3/21/86 Kansas vs. Michigan St W, 96-86 NCAA RSF (Kansas City)
12/29/86 Kansas vs. Ohio St L, 79-78 Rainbow Classic (Honolulu)
12/30/86 Kansas at Hawaii W, 81-80 Rainbow Classic (Honolulu)
2/4/87 Kansas at Kansas St W, 80-75 (2ot) Big 8 Game
2/28/87 Kansas at Nebraska L, 83-81 Big 8 Game
2/20/88 Kansas vs. Duke L, 74-70
2/2/13 SMU vs. Houston L, 84-80 C-USA Game

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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.
1. Atlanta Hawks
2. Brooklyn Nets
3. Chicago Bulls
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Denver Nuggets
7. Detroit Pistons
8. Golden State Warriors
9. Indiana Pacers
10. New Orleans Hornets
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. San Antonio Spurs
13. Utah Jazz

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.
- Howie Dallmar - 1942 MOP for Stanford (Coach was Everett Dean); Dean (Stanford) vs. Dallmar (Penn) at Penn on Dec. 29, 1950 (Penn wins 59-58)
- Danny Manning - 1988 MOP for Kansas (Coach was Larry Brown); Manning (Tulsa) vs. Brown (SMU) at SMU on Jan. 6 (TU won 48-47), and at Tulsa on March 6 (SMU won 71-65)

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.