[RV/-] SMU Hosts Rutgers Tuesday At 7 PM On ESPNews

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Jan. 20, 2014

 [RV/-] SMU (14-4, 3-2 American) vs. Rutgers (8-10, 2-3 American)
 Date & Tip Time  Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. CT
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SMU (14-4, 3-2 American) hosts Rutgers (8-10, 2-3) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. This is the third game in four days for SMU, who won 58-46 at UCF on Saturday and recorded a non-conference home win against Hofstra on Sunday (73-49). The Mustangs, which are receiving votes in the AP Top 25 Poll, are 9-0 at home this season and are 10 games over .500 for the first time since the Mustangs started the 2000-01 (16-6).

The Mustangs are 9-0 at home this year, including a 3-0 mark inside the renovated Moody Coliseum. SMU is averaging 78.4 points per game at home, and has an average scoring margin of +22.4. Prior to its win over No. 17/15 Connecticut on Jan. 4, the Mustangs went 6-0 in games at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas. The Mustangs are shooting 52.3 percent in home games, and are holding opponents to 33.6 percent from the field.

On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 35.9 percent from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA) and 60.2 points per game (2nd AAC, 14th NCAA). SMU has held 21 of its last 27 (15 of 18 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU is also leading the league in rebound margin (+9.0, 10th NCAA), outrebounding 17 of 18 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 49.0 percent (1st American, 14th NCAA) and 37.6 percent from 3-point range (2nd American), while averaging 15.6 assists (2nd AAC, 31st NCAA). The team is averaging 71.9 points per game with eight Mustangs averaging at least 5.3 points. Nic Moore (12.9) and Markus Kennedy (11.2) are averaging double figures. Individually, Nic Moore is second in the American in 3-point percentage (.500, 39-78). Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored all 18 opponents in the paint by an average of 35.8-18.7.

Markus Kennedy was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Monday (Jan. 20), averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead SMU to a 3-0 week last week. The Honor Roll recognition is Kennedy's second of the season (Dec. 23). Nic Moore has been named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll four times this season. (Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Jan. 6), averaging 14.5 points and 5.5 assists in the Mustangs' first two conference games. Junior center Yanick Moreira has also 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: The Mustangs received votes in the AP poll this week (2) for the third time this season. SMU also 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 (Jan. 20) at No. 46 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 50. 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, 73-49 VS. HOFSTRA ON JAN. 19) DALLAS -- Cannen Cunningham had 14 points with several highlight dunks and SMU won for the second time in two days, beating Hofstra 73-49 in a makeup game Sunday night. SMU (14-4) led throughout after scoring the game's first six points. Cunningham had three powerful dunks in the first 6 1/2 minutes after halftime, the last in that span for a 46-24 SMU lead. Markus Kennedy had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Mustangs, who are already within one of matching last season's victory total in Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown's debut on the Hilltop. Nic Moore had 10 points and seven assists, while Ben Moore had 10 points. Hofstra (6-12) was originally supposed to play SMU on Dec. 7, a game to be played in the Dallas suburb of Frisco that was postponed when the Pride's flight to Dallas was canceled due to icy weather in North Texas. The later date allowed the makeup to be played in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus. It was the Mustangs' third game in their new building this month and they've won all of them. SMU was on the road for its American Athletic Conference game Saturday, a 58-46 victory at UCF. The Mustangs play their third game in four days Tuesday night when they host Rutgers in another conference game. Hofstra didn't have another game this weekend, but shot a season-low 33 percent (16 of 48) from the field. Chris Jenkins had 14 points for Hofstra, while Dion Nesmith had 11 and Zeke Upshaw had 10 on 3-of-14 shooting. Upshaw was coming off a 27-point game when he tied a team record with seven 3-pointers. Cunningham's breakaway slam on a half-court pass from Ryan Manuel put SMU up 24-14 with 7:48 left in the first half. The Mustangs stretched the lead to 33-18 by halftime even with only one more field goal in that stretch, Ben Moore's layup with 1:06 left. Hofstra never got closer after halftime, when the Mustangs put on quite a rim-rattling show. Russell had an alley-oop pass to Cunningham for the first dunk, then to Kennedy for another slam. Nic Moore made an alley-oop pass for another dunk by Cunningham, whose last slam in that spurt was after a more traditional pass from Russell. Even when the high-arching pass from Russell wasn't quite where it needed to be, Manuel managed to tip in a basket that hit a couple of sides of the rim before falling. And Cunningham wasn't finished, with a breakaway one-handed slam that made it 66-34 with 7 1/2 minutes left.

UP NEXT: The Mustangs will play their next two American Athletic Conference games on the road, as SMU travels to Houston on Sunday (Jan. 26) for a 2 p.m. tip (ESPNews), before taking on USF in Tampa on Tuesday (Jan. 28) at 6 p.m. CT (ESPNews).

THE SERIES VS. RUTGERS (0-0): Tuesday marks the first meeting between the two programs.

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 1682-1213 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 206-82 (29-21 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 111-18 (.860) at home. He is 16-7 (.696) 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 50-43 (.538) in road games, 9-10 (.474) 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 4-6 J18 at UCF (W, 58-46), 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
Markus Kennedy (Jan. 20) - 15.0 pts, 10.0 rebs, 2.7 asts, 2.3 stls, 1.3 blks, 2 dbl-dbls, 3-0 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: The Mustangs are averaging 4,412 so far this season, including an average of 6,504 in the three 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 and 6,013 against Hofstra on 1/19. SMU has more than 1,000 new season tickets for 2013-14. Avg. Attendance from 2011-12 to 2012-13 - 71.1% increase (3,443 from 2,013).

BALANCED SCORING: On offense, eight Mustangs are averaging at least 5.3 points per game. The team is averaging 71.9 points per game with Nic Moore (12.9) and Markus Kennedy (11.2) averaging double figures.

BENCH SCORING: SMU is averaging 30.3 points per game off the bench. SMU had 43 points off the bench on Jan. 18 against Hofstra, the Mustangs' fifth 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 17 of 18 games, averaging 39.2 rebounds per game compared to their opponents 30.2 per game. SMU is 10th in the nation and 1st in The American in rebounding margin at +9.0. The Mustangs have hauled in double digit offensive rebounds in 13 of 18 games, including 7 of the last 8, and have had 15+ offensive rebounds 5 times this year.

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE: The Mustangs enter the game averaging 13.6 second chance points, outscoring their opponents in that department in 15 of 18 games this season. SMU has scored in double digits in all but 3 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 8 games this year, SMU has shot 50% or better. 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 49.0%.

FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 35.9% from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA). SMU has held 21 of its last 27 (15 of 18 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 31st in the nation in assists, entering the game averaging 15.6. The Mustangs have assisted on at least 50% of their field goals in 16 of 18 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 18 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 6 times, including two of the last three games (USF (42) and Hofstra (42)). On average, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents in the key by a count of 35.8-18.7.

RECEIVING VOTES: The Mustangs received votes in the AP poll this week (2) for the third time this season. SMU also 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).

ROAD MUSTANGS: The Mustangs are 13-13 under Larry Brown in road/neutral games (9-9 road/4-4 neutral). This season, SMU is 5-4 away from home with a 3-3 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 (Jan. 13) 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
Kennedy Hofstra 1/19 12 pts, 12 rebs 2nd 2nd
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 9 (11, 17, 15, 12, 10, 12, 18, 15, 12), Nic Moore 3 (12, 11, 10), Ben Moore (10), Cannen Cunningham (14)
8+ rebounds: Markus Kennedy 6 (9, 8, 8, 10, 8, 12)
Dbl-Dbl: Markus Kennedy (12 pts, 12 rebs)
5+ assists: Nic Moore (7), Nick Russell (6)
3+ steals:
2+ blocks: Cannen Cunningham 2 (2, 3), Markus Kennedy (2)

Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): Has played in all 18 games, starting the last 7, averaging 3.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 15.6 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 18 games, averaging 5.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game. Tallied a season-high 14 points to go along with a season-high 3 blocks and 3 rebounds against Hofstra (1/19). 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: 89 blocks, good for seventh at SMU.

Kevin Dunleavy (6-3, 180, G, Jr.): Played in 7 games. Hauled in an offensive rebound, and scored the put-back for his second basket of the season against Hofstra. 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 17 games, averaging 5.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17.2 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 16 games, averaging 1.1 points and 1.0 rebounds in 6.7 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 18 games, starting 4, averaging 11.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.4 assists in 22.6 minutes. In conference play, averaging 13.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.6 assists. Has led SMU in scoring and rebounding in the same game 5 times in the last 6 games. Has scored in double figures in nine-straight games, after recording his second double-double against Hofstra, scoring 12 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Recorded his first career double-double, scoring a career-high 18 points to go along with a career-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: 9th in FG% (52.7), 12th in blocked shots (1.2), 10th in rebounding (6.6) 5th in defensive rebounds (4.8). Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll twice (12/23, 1/20)

Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Played in all 18 games, starting 11, averaging 5.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.1 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 18 games, averaging 6.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 13.3 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 18 games, averaging 12.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.3 minutes. Has scored in double figures in 15 of 18 games, and has made multiple 3PT field goals in 13 of 18 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: 14thin scoring (12.9), 12th in FG% (50.3), 3rd in assists (4.6), 2nd in 3PT FG% (50.0), 3rd in 3PT made (2.2), 5th in assist/turnover ratio (1.9) and 7th in FT% (81.3%) 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 6 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 18 games, starting 17, averaging 8.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 29.8 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 (3.6), 8th in assist/turnover ratio (1.7).

Jonathan Wilfong (6-2, 185, G, Fr.): Played in 6 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 18 games, starting 17, averaging 4.9 points and 3.2 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.
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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.