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Jan. 24, 2014

 SMU (15-4, 4-2 American) vs. Houston (11-8, 3-3 American)
 Date & Tip Time  Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. CT
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The Last Meeting
Houston (TWC Sports)84  
February 2, 2013
Moody Coliseum
Mustangs Fall To Houston In OT, 84-80
DALLAS (AP) - Jherrod Stiggers scored the first 6 points in overtime for Houston, including a 3-pointer, and the Cougars went on to record an 84-80 victory over SMU on Saturday.

SMU (15-4, 4-2 American) travels to Houston (11-8, 3-3) to take on the Cougars on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a sweep of three games in four days that saw SMU win at UCF 58-46 last Saturday (Jan. 18), beat Hofstra 73-49 last Sunday (Jan. 19) and defeat Rutgers 70-56 on Tuesday (Jan. 21).The Mustangs, who are receiving votes in this week's AP Top 25 Poll, are 10-0 at home this season and are 11 games over .500 for the first time since the Mustangs started the 2000-01 17-6.

On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 35.7 percent from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA) and 59.9 points per game (2nd American, 13th NCAA). SMU has held 22 of its last 28 (16 of 19 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU is also leading the league in rebound margin (+8.5, 10th NCAA), outrebounding 17 of 19 opponents. The only opponents to outrebound SMU were [RV/-] Texas A&M (37-33) on Nov. 30 (W, 55-52) and Rutgers (34-33) on Jan. 21 (W, 70-56). The Mustangs' best margin was +26 (46-20) versus Sam Houston State on Nov. 26 (W, 72-53).

On offense, SMU is shooting 48.9 percent (1st American, 15th NCAA) and 37.1 percent from 3-point range (3rd American), while averaging 15.4 assists (2nd American, 35th NCAA). The team is averaging 71.8 points per game with eight Mustangs averaging at least 5.3 points. Nic Moore (12.6) and Markus Kennedy (11.6) are averaging double figures. Individually, Nic Moore is third in the American in 3-point percentage (.476, 39-82). Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored all 19 opponents in the paint by an average of 35.8-18.8.

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 (at Arkansas 69, vs. Virginia 25, at Cincinnati 21, at Louisville 31).

LAST GAME (W, 70-56 VS. RUTGERS ON JAN. 21) DALLAS (AP) -- An SMU basketball program that last reached the NCAA Tournament 21 years and three conferences ago took another step in that direction on Tuesday night. Markus Kennedy scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead SMU to a 70-56 victory over Rutgers. The win was the fourth straight for SMU (15-4, 4-2 American Athletic Conference), whose win total matches last season's in Larry Brown's first season as coach. With the Mustangs standing third in the AAC and receiving votes in the AP poll this season for the first time in a decade, Brown sees a team that's getting close to ending the school's NCAA drought. "We've still got a hill to climb, we've got some tough games ahead, but it's right there for us," said Brown, whose 15-17 Mustangs team last season was his first in eight previous college seasons as a head coach to fail to reach the tournament. "As long as we rebound, defend and share the ball, I think we'll put ourselves in a good position." J.J. Moore led Rutgers (8-11, 2-4) with 15 points and Myles Mack scored 13. The Mustangs entered the game ranked second in the nation in field-goal defense at 35.9 percent. The Scarlet Knights missed 15 of their first 16 shots and went more than nine minutes without a field goal during the first half. Rutgers finished shooting 32.7 percent from the field. Mack, Rutgers' leading scorer at 16.7 points going into the game, was held to 2-for-11 shooting while being guarded primarily by Nick Russell. "He's been doing it all year," Kennedy said of Russell. "He's working like crazy to stop everybody. Everybody who's supposed to be a team's leading scorer, he taken it upon himself to lock him down." Kennedy made his fifth consecutive start following a knee injury to the Mustangs' starting center, Yanick Moreira. Kennedy has averaged 15 points in the five games after averaging 10.2 coming off the bench during the first 14 games of the season. Kennedy is playing his first season after transferring from Villanova. Rutgers associate coach David Cox, who represented head coach Eddie Jordan after the game, remembered Kennedy from his AAU days in the Northeast. "He's matured," Cox said. "You can see he has a different command of the game." The Mustangs went into the game averaging 14.7 free throws per game and made 14 of 18 in the opening half alone. "Their length and athleticism disrupted our offense early in the game," Cox said. "We couldn't get into a rhythm. They contested shots at the rim. They contested shots on the perimeter." Rutgers' only lead came on Moore's 3-pointer. SMU then built a 15-6 lead before Mack broke the Scarlet Knights' drought with another trey. SMU extended its advantage to 12 points, 27-15, with 5:46 to play in the half. Rutgers cut the margin to eight with a pair of field goals by Wally Judge before the Mustangs responded and built their lead to 13 in the closing seconds of the half. The Mustangs extended their advantage to 17 during the second half. SMU is 10-0 at home this season with only the most recent four games played at 57-year-old Moody Coliseum, which was reopened this month following a $47 million renovation. The Mustangs' bench outscored Rutgers' 32-10, led by Ben Moore's 12 points. Tuesday's game matched two head coaches who met on a college court for the first time after squaring off in the NBA. Brown and Jordan met 19 times as head coaches in pro ball over parts of six seasons, with Brown winning 13 times. "That's a very, very good, very deep, very talented and obviously a very well coached team that we expect to be an NCAA Tournament team," Cox said.

UP NEXT: The Mustangs will take on USF in Tampa on Tuesday (Jan. 28) at 6 p.m. CT (ESPNews), before returning to Moody Coliseum for a 3-game homestand. SMU will host Memphis on Feb. 1 (1 p.m./CBSSN), Temple on Feb. 6 (7 p.m./ESPNews) and Cincinnati on Feb. 8 (6:30 p.m./ESPNU). The Mustangs game against Memphis was announced as a sellout on Jan. 22.

THE SERIES VS. HOUSTON (25-46): SMU and Houston are meeting for the 72nd time with UH holding a 46-25 lead, including a pair of C-USA wins last season. The in-state rivals are also meeting for the 58th time in a league game, the first as American Athletic Conference foes. The teams spent 21 years together in the Southwest Conference and eight as C-USA opponents before moving to the American. The teams split the season series in 2011-12, each winning at home. The year before, the Mustangs earned their first win at Houston in over a decade with a convincing 65-51 victory on Feb. 16, 2011, but Houston edged SMU 70-68 at Moody Coliseum on Jan. 15, 2011. Before the teams became C-USA opponents, SMU won three straight including the two non-conference meetings that occurred between the breakup of the Southwest Conference and becoming C-USA opponents. The teams spent 21 seasons in the SWC with the Mustangs trailing 28-14, but SMU does hold an all-time 6-5 edge in tournament play: 2-1 in NCAA Tournament action and 4-3 in SWC Tournament games. SMU was 0-1 against the Cougars in the C-USA Tournament. The two met in the last SWC Tournament at Reunion Arena in Dallas with SMU notching a 62-57 win over the Cougars in 1996. The Ponies won NCAA Regional matchups in 1956 and 1965, but lost in 1967. The eighth-ranked Mustangs won 89-76 and over 17th-ranked Houston in the 1956 NCAA Tournament. SMU eventually advanced to the 1956 Final Four.

LAST MEETING VS. HOUSTON (L, 84-80 (OT) at SMU on Feb. 2, 2013): DALLAS (AP) - Jherrod Stiggers scored the first 6 points in overtime for Houston, including a 3-pointer, and the Cougars went on to record an 84-80 victory over SMU on Saturday. The Mustangs forced overtime after Shawn Williams hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to tie the game at 71-71. Joseph Young led the way for Houston (14-7, 3-5 Conference USA) with 17 points. Stiggers had 16 off the bench, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range. TaShawn Thomas scored 15 points, J.J. Thomson scored 13 and Danuel House scored 10. Nick Russell scored 22 points for SMU (12-11, 2-6) and Jalen Jones added 21. Ryan Manuel scored 15 points and handed out a career-high 10 assists against just one turnover. The Mustangs had 22 assists on 27 field goals. Russell had five assists in addition to the game-high 10 by Manuel.

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 1683-1213 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 207-82 (30-21 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 112-18 (.862) at home. He is 17-7 (.708) 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 1-0 J21 at SMU (W, 70-56), 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.
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


- 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 4,575 so far this season, including an average of 6,388 in the four 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, 6,013 against Hofstra on 1/19 and 6,042 in its last home game against Rutgers. The Mustangs last averaged over 6,000 fans in games in Moody Coliseum in the 1984-85 season when SMU drew 6,331 at its 16 games in Moody. SMU's next home game, against Memphis on Feb. 1, was announced as a sellout on Jan. 22. 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 71.8 points per game with Nic Moore (12.6) and Markus Kennedy (11.6) 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 19 games, averaging 38.8 rebounds per game compared to their opponents 30.4 per game. SMU is 10th in the nation and 1st in The American in rebounding margin at +8.5. The Mustangs have hauled in double digit offensive rebounds in 13 of 19 games, including 7 of the last 9, 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 19 games this season. SMU has scored in double digits in all but 3 games in 2013-14 (at UIC, vs. USF, vs. Hofstra). 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 15th in the nation and 1st in The American in field goal percentage at 48.9%.

FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 35.7% from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA). SMU has held 22 of its last 28 (16 of 19 this year) opponents under 40%. The Mustangs have held the opposition to 35% shooting or less 11 times this season. SMU has held 9 opponents (4-straight) this year to 30% or less from the field in the first half. 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 the game averaging 15.4. The Mustangs have assisted on at least 50% of their field goals in 17 of 19 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 19 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 four games (USF (42) and Hofstra (42)). On average, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents in the key by a count of 35.5-18.8.

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. 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.

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.

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


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
Kennedy Rutgers 1/21 18 pts, 10 rebs 3rd 3rd
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
N. Moore (ISU) at Ole Miss 3/14 24 pts, 10 asts 1st 1st

10+points: Markus Kennedy 10 (11, 17, 15, 12, 10, 12, 18, 15, 12, 18), Ben Moore 2 (10, 12)
8+ rebounds: Markus Kennedy 7 (9, 8, 8, 10, 8, 12, 10)
Dbl-Dbl: Markus Kennedy 2 (12 pts,12 rebs; 18pts,10rebs)
5+ assists: Nic Moore 2 (7, 5)
3+ steals:
2+ blocks: Markus Kennedy 2 (2, 4)

Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): Has played in all 19 games, starting the last 7, averaging 3.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 16.1 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 19 games, averaging 5.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.4 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 18 games, averaging 5.9 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 19 games, starting 5, averaging 11.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.4 assists in 22.9 minutes. In conference play, averaging 14.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.7 assists. Has led SMU in scoring and rebounding in the same game 6 times in the last 8 games. Has scored in double figures in 10-straight games, after recording his third double-double against Rutgers, scoring 18 points to go along with 10 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. 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: 8th in FG% (52.8), 7th in blocked shots (1.4), 9th in rebounding (6.8) 5th in defensive rebounds (5.0). Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll twice (12/23, 1/20)

Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Played in all 19 games, starting 11, averaging 5.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.9 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 19 games, averaging 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 13.4 minutes. Scored in double figures for the second consecutive game, tallying 12 points and 5 rebounds in SMU's 70-56 win over Rutgers. 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 19 games, averaging 12.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 31.3 minutes. Has scored in double figures in 15 of 19 games, and has made multiple 3PT field goals in 13 of 19 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: 16th in scoring (12.6), 12th in FG% (49.4), 3rd in assists (4.6), 6th in FT% (82.7), 3rd in 3PT FG% (47.6), 4th in 3PT made (2.1), 5th in assist/turnover ratio (2.0) and 10th in FT minutes played (31.3) 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 7 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 19 games, starting 18, averaging 8.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 29.9 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), 9th in assist/turnover ratio (1.6).

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 19 games, starting 18, averaging 4.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 17.0 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.