[RV/RV] SMU Hosts [22/22] Memphis In Sold-out #NewMoody Saturday at 1 PM
Jan. 31, 2014
The Last Meeting
February 6, 2013
[RV/RV] SMU (16-5, 5-3 American) hosts [22/22] Memphis (16-4, 6-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. The Mustangs are 10-0 at home, including a 4-0 mark in the renovated Moody Coliseum. Saturday marks the Mustangs' second sellout of the year inside Moody Coliseum (7,000).
The Mustangs received votes in the Associated Press Poll on Monday for the fourth time this season (second-straight), while also receiving a vote in the USA Today Coaches' Poll for the first time in the 2013-14 campaign. SMU entered the week at No. 41 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 45. Four of the Mustangs five losses have come to teams in the RPI top 100.
SMU is second in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st American), holding opponents to 37.0 percent from the field. The Mustang defense is also holding opponents to 61.2 points per game, good for 19th in the NCAA (2nd American). SMU has held 22 of its last 30 (16 of 21 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. On the glass, the Mustangs have outrebounded 18 of 21 opponents this season.
On offense, the Mustangs are leading the conference in field goal percentage, shooting at a 48.7-percent clip in 2013-14 (16th NCAA). The Mustangs are also shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc, good for third in the conference. SMU is also third in the league in assists per game at 15.1 (46th NCAA), and is averaging 71.9 points per game. Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored 20 of 21 opponents in the paint by an average of 35.0-19.9.
Markus Kennedy was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for the second-consecutive week on Monday (Jan. 27), averaging 16.5 points and 10 rebounds to lead SMU to its fourth and fifth-straight wins. The Honor Roll recognition is Kennedy's third of the season (Dec. 23). Ben Moore was also named the conference's rookie of the week on Monday (Jan. 27) for the second time this season (Nov. 18). 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). Nic Moore was also named to the Corpus Christi Challenge All-Tournament Team.
SAM AWARD: The 2013 Silver Anniversary Mustang Award recipient, will be Mr. Oscar Roan (basketball, football, '72-'74). Roan, who played tight end for the Mustangs, was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1975. Following his NFL career, Oscar dedicated his life to the ministerial work of outstanding charities including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army. He will be honored with the SAM Award on Feb. 1st, 2014, at halftime of Saturday's.
AUTISM AWARENESS DAY: The head coaches in Saturday's game are two of nearly 100 men's basketball coaches throughout the country that will be wearing the "Autism Speaks" pin on their suit jackets today. Towson's Pat Skerry and Marshall's Tom Herrion, each who have sons on the autism spectrum, have started a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about this disease.
LAST GAME (L, 78-71 AT USF ON JAN. 28) TAMPA (AP) -- Victor Rudd scored 21 points and Chris Perry tied a career high with 18, leading South Florida to a 78-71 victory against SMU on Tuesday night. Corey Allen Jr. also finished with 18 for South Florida (11-10, 2-6, American Athletic Conference), which made its last 15 free throws to seal the victory. Perry, the four-time conference rookie of the week, added a team-high eight rebounds. Nic Moore scored 23 points to lead SMU (16-5, 5-3), which was outscored in the paint for the first time this season (38-28). Ben Moore and Markus Kennedy each had 11 points and Nick Russell added 10 for the Mustangs. Both teams began slowly with only two field goals apiece midway through the first half. South Florida led 30-29 at the break after five lead changes. There were a dozen more after the intermission. Early in the second half, Rudd hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 35 and become the 18th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark. The loss for SMU ended a five-game winning streak that began with a 71-54 rout of USF in Dallas. The Mustangs were seeking to go 13 games over .500 for the first time since the 1999-00 season. South Florida finished with a 14-2 scoring advantage off the fast break and 27-21 in bench points.
UP NEXT: The Mustangs continue their three-game homestand against Temple on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. CT on ESPNews. SMU will conclude the homestand with next Saturday's game against Cincinnati (Feb. 8/6:30 p.m.). THE SERIES VS. MEMPHIS (3-11): SMU and Memphis are meeting for the 15th time on Saturday. The Tigers hold an 11-3 series advantage, but SMU has won two of the last five contests. SMU last won on Jan. 12, 2011, overcoming a 14-point deficit to win 64-58 at Moody Coliseum. Papa Dia had a double-double recording 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Robert Nyakundi and Collin Mangrum each had 15-point performances. The teams split the season series in 2009-10, with each team winning at home, marking the last season the two teams played twice in a single campaign (will play twice this year). SMU defeated Memphis in Dallas, 70-60 on Jan. 30, 2010, snapping an eight-game losing streak against the Tigers.
LAST MEETING VS. MEMPHIS (L, 60-52 at SMU on Feb. 6, 2013): DALLAS (AP) - Geron Johnson scored 19 points including a 5 for 9 performance from beyond the arc and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Memphis past SMU 60-52 on Wednesday night. Memphis (19-3, 8-0 C-USA) grabbed its 13th straight victory despite shooting a dismal 29.8 percent from the field. The Tigers hit seven 3-pointers and were 25 of 34 from the free-throw line as a team. SMU (12-12, 2-7) was 1 of 12 from three-point land, shot 31.1 percent from the floor overall and outscored the Tigers 26-12 in the paint. Adonis Thomas scored 14 points and pulled nine rebounds for Memphis, which hasn't lost a game since the 87-78 loss to Louisville on Dec. 15. Joe Jackson chipped in with seven points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Tigers. Nick Russell led SMU with 17 points, Jalen Jones had 13 points and 15 rebounds and Ryan Manuelhad 10 points and seven rebounds. The game was played before a season-high crowd of 5,170 at Moody Coliseum.
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 1684-1214 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 208-83 (31-22 at SMU), making the NCAA tournament in his first seven seasons including three Final Fours (1980, 1986, 1988) and the 1988 NCAA title.
ACTIVE HALL OF FAMERS: There are five active coaches that have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
HOF vs. HOF: There will be at least 8 matchups this season between Hall of Fame head coaches. SMU's Larry Brown will be in at least two of them, facing Louisville's Rick Pitino twice during American Athletic Conference play.
ACTIVE NCAA CHAMPS: Larry Brown is one of 11 active Division I head coaches to win an NCAA Championship as a head coach.
Larry Brown AT HOME (NCAA): His teams are 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 51-44 (.537) in road games, 10-11 (.476) 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 McDonald's All-American Emmanuel Mudiay has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Mustangs beginning with the 2014-15 season. Mudiay is a consensus top-5 prospect from Prime Prep Academy in Dallas. He is rated No. 2 overall by Rivals, No. 3 overall by Scout and No. 5 overall by ESPN. As a junior, Mudiay averaged just over 15 points and 10 rebounds as he helped Prime Prep to a 37-2 record, reaching the semifinals of the National High School Invitational. He played AAU basketball for MWA Elite, averaging 14.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 2013 after averaging 21.2 points and 6.0 assists in 2012. Mudiay's signing follows a 2013 class that ranked as high as No. 14 nationally.
PROUD TO BE AMERICAN: A new era of SMU Basketball begins in January as the Mustangs play their inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs play their first American Athletic Conference contest at Cincinnati on New Year's Day. The first home game in the renovated Moody Coliseum is against Connecticut on Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. Defending NCAA champion Louisville comes to Moody Coliseum in the home finale on March 5. SMU fans will get a chance to see every AAC opponent in Moody Coliseum, as the Mustangs will play each league opponent twice. All 18 American Athletic Conference matchups will be nationally televised. In addition to Louisville, the Mustangs will host 2013 NCAA Tournament teams Temple, Memphis and Cincinnati. SMU will also host games against league foes Houston, Rutgers, UCF and USF.
SMU PICKED SIXTH IN THE AMERICAN PRESEASON POLL: SMU was picked to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference's first preseason coaches' poll. SMU freshman Keith Frazier, a McDonald's All-American from Dallas Kimball High School, was tabbed as the Preseason Rookie of the Year. Defending NCAA Champion Louisville was the unanimous selection to win the league. Connecticut was picked second while 2013 NCAA teams Memphis, Cincinnati and Temple were picked third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
THE GRADUATES: SMU seniors Nick Russell and Shawn Williams have already earned their bachelor's degrees and are enrolled in graduate courses. Williams graduated in May 2013 with a degree in sociology. Russell earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in August 2013.
SMU VS. DEFENDING NCAA CHAMPIONS: The Mustangs will face defending NCAA champion Louisville at least twice this season. The Mustangs have faced the defending champ in seven other seasons.
ATTENDANCE UP: 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. 2013-14 marks the first season SMU has recorded multiple sellouts in the same season since the Mustangs had five in 1984-85 (9,007 all five games). 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. Saturday's game was announced as a sellout on Jan. 22. 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 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 5.0 points per game. The team is averaging 71.9 points per game with Nic Moore (13.9) and Markus Kennedy (11.7) 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, 40 vs. Texas-Pan American).
CRASHING THE GLASS: The Mustangs have outrebounded their opponents in 18 of 21 games, averaging 37.9 rebounds per game compared to their opponents' 30.2 per game. SMU is 13th in the nation and 1st in The American in rebounding margin at +7.6. The Mustangs have hauled in double-digit offensive rebounds in 14 of 21 games, including 8 of the last 11, and have had 15+ offensive rebounds 5 times this year. The only opponents to outrebound SMU were [RV/-] Texas A&M (37-33) on Nov. 30 (W, 55-52), Rutgers (34-33) on Jan. 21 (W, 70-56) and USF (29-24) on Jan. 28 (L, 78-71). The Mustangs' best margin was +26 (46-20) versus Sam Houston State on Nov. 26 (W, 72-53).
EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE: The Mustangs enter the game averaging 13.6 second chance points, outscoring their opponents in that department in 16 of 21 games this season. SMU has scored in double digits in all but 4 games in 2013-14 (at UIC, vs. USF, vs. Hofstra, at Houston). 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 16th in the nation and 1st in The American in field goal percentage at 48.7%.
FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 37.0% from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA). SMU has held 22 of its last 30 (16 of 21 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 of 6) 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 3rd in The American and 46th in the nation in assists, entering the game averaging 15.1. The Mustangs have assisted on at least 50% of their field goals in 19 of 21 games this season. SMU has dished out 20 or more assists in 5 games in 2013-14.
THE MOODY ADVANTAGE: The Mustangs are 10-0 at home this year, including a 4-0 mark inside the renovated Moody Coliseum. SMU is averaging 77.6 points per game at home, and has an average scoring margin of +21.6. 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 53.2 percent in home games, and are holding opponents to 33.5 percent from the field.
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 20 of 21 games this year (at USF). 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 2 of the last 6 games (USF (42) and Hofstra (42)). On average, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents in the key by a count of 35.0-19.9.
RECEIVING VOTES: The Mustangs received votes in the AP Poll this week (3) for the fourth time this season. For the first time this season, the Mustangs also received a vote in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. SMU also received votes in the AP poll on Jan. 20 (2 votes), 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 14-14 under Larry Brown in road/neutral games (10-10 road/4-4 neutral). This season, SMU is 6-5 away from home with a 4-4 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 enter the weekend (Jan. 31) at No. 41 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 50. SMU entered the week 3-4 against teams in the RPI top 100, with wins over No. 38 Connecticut, No. 78 Wyoming and No. 100 Sam Houston St. Four of the five Mustang losses have come against teams in the top 100, including three in the top 30 (at Arkansas 77, vs. Virginia 22, at Cincinnati 24, at Louisville 29).
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. The last time the Mustangs defeated two ranked teams in the same season was in 1984-85, a season when the Mustangs were 3-1 against ranked opponents, including a 72-64 win over No. 19 Louisville. SMU beat No. 2 Louisville on March 17, 1967, the highest ranked team the Mustangs have defeated in their program's history.
Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): Has played in all 21 games, starting 10, averaging 3.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 16.8 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 21 games, averaging 5.0 points and 2.9 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: 93 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 20 games, averaging 5.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 16.6 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 18 games, averaging 0.9 points and 0.9 rebounds in 6.4 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 21 games, starting 7, averaging 11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.5 assists in 24.0 minutes. In conference play, averaging 13.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.9 assists. Has led SMU in scoring and rebounding in the same game 6 times this season. Has scored in double figures in 12-straight games and has recorded four double-doubles, including his latest against Houston, where he scored 15 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. 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% (52.5), 7th in blocked shots (1.4), 5th in rebounding (7.0) 4th in defensive rebounds (5.2). Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll three times (12/23, 1/20, 1/27)
Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Played in all 21 games, starting 11, averaging 5.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 19.0 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 21 games, averaging 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 13.8 minutes. Scored in double figures for the third time in the last four games, tallying 11 points and 4 rebounds in SMU's 78-71 loss at USF. Recorded a career-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 twice (11/18, 1/27) Prep: All-Illinois Honorable Mention selection and Mr. Basketball finalist.
Nic Moore (5-9, 170, G, RS-So.): Started all 21 games, averaging 13.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 31.8 minutes. In conference play, averaging 14.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.1 steals. Has scored in double figures in 17 of 21 games, and has made multiple 3PT field goals in 14 of 21 games. Recorded his second-straight 20+ point game and his fifth of the season, scoring 23 in SMU's 78-71 loss at USF. Scored a career-high 28 points, including 22 in the second half to lead the Mustangs to a come-from-behind 75-68 win over Houston. Tied a season-high (on Jan. 4) 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: 13th in scoring (13.9), 11th in FG% (49.5), 4th in assists (4.4), 6th in FT% (84.6), 3rd in 3PT FG% (46.3), 5th in 3PT made (2.1), 5th in assist/turnover ratio (1.9) and 9th in minutes played (31.8) 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 21 games, starting 20, averaging 8.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 30.4 minutes per game. Tallied 10 points at USF to put himself in double figures for the sixth time this season. 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: 12th in assists (3.4), 9th in FT% (81.8), 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 21 games, starting 20, averaging 4.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 17.1 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 addition to averaging 8.5 points and 0.8 blocks per game.
Larry Brown IN OT (NCAA): 3-6