[RV/RV] SMU Hosts [7/7] Cincinnati Saturday At 6:30 PM On ESPNU
Feb. 7, 2014
The Last Meeting
January 1, 2014
[RV/RV] SMU (18-5, 7-3 American) wraps-up a three-game homestand when it hosts [7/7] Cincinnati (22-2, 11-0) on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU in a sold-out Moody Coliseum, the fourth of five sellouts (Louisville on March 5) SMU has announced so far this season. The Mustangs are 12-0 at home, including a 6-0 mark in the renovated Moody Coliseum. SMU started the current homestand with an 87-72 win against then-No. 22/22 Memphis last Saturday and a 75-52 win over Temple on Thursday.
SMU received a season-high 15 votes in the AP Poll and a season-high 10 votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll on Monday, the fifth time SMU has earned votes in the AP Poll and the second time the Mustangs have appeared in the Coaches' Poll. SMU entered the week at No. 48 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 50. 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 36.8 percent from the field. The Mustang defense is also holding opponents to 61.3 points per game, good for 18th in the NCAA (2nd American). SMU has held 23 of its last 32 (17 of 23 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. On the glass, the Mustangs have outrebounded 20 of 23 opponents this season.
On offense, the Mustangs are leading the conference in field goal percentage, shooting at a 49.4-percent clip in 2013-14 (8th NCAA). The Mustangs are also shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc, good for third in the conference. SMU is second in the league in assists per game at 15.5 (30th NCAA), and is averaging 72.7 points per game. Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored 22 of 23 opponents in the paint by an average of 35.9-20.5.
Nic Moore was named to The American Honor Roll on Monday (2/3), averaging 18.5 points and 6.0 assists. Moore has been named to the Honor Roll five times this season (Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Jan. 6, Feb. 3). Markus Kennedy was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for the second-consecutive week on Jan. 27, averaging 16.5 points and 10 rebounds to lead SMU to its fourth and fifth-straight wins. Kennedy's last Honor Roll recognition was his third of the season (Dec. 23). Ben Moore was also named the conference's rookie of the week on Jan. 27 for the second time this season (Nov. 18). Junior center Yanick Moreira has also been listed once (Nov. 25). Nic Moore was also named to the Corpus Christi Challenge All-Tournament Team. Kennedy was also named a nominee for last week's (Jan. 27-Feb. 2) Capital One Impact Player of the Week.
LAST GAME (W, 75-52 VS. TEMPLE ON FEB. 6) DALLAS -- Markus Kennedy had 14 points and 9 rebounds while Shawn Williams added 14 as SMU defeated Temple 75-52 on Thursday. The victory pushed the Mustangs (18-5, 7-3 American Athletic Conference) into a third-place tie with Memphis as they attempt to gain their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1993. The Owls (6-15, 1-8) lost for the 10th time in their last 11 games. Temple's Dalton Pepper led all scorers with 15 points, while Anthony Lee had 12 and Will Cummings 10. SMU went into game ranked third in Division I field-goal defense at 37.2 percent and held Temple to 30.3 percent on 20-for-66 shooting. Kennedy scored eight of SMU's first 10 points in the first 4 minutes as the Mustangs raced to a 10-4 lead. They led by as many 14 during the first half and took a 32-20 lead to the locker room at halftime. It Temple's lowest scoring first half this season. SMU has dominated points in the paint throughout the season, and Thursday's game was no different as the Mustangs held a 40-22 advantage inside. The Owls shot only 23.3 percent during the first half (7 of 30) and missed their first eight attempts on 3-pointers. Temple's first successful 3-pointer, by Pepper, pulled the Owls within 20-14 with 7:06 to play in the half. But SMU responded by outscoring Temple 12-6 for the balance of the half. That included Kennedy's only other field goal of the half, when he made a steal near the Owls' free-throw line and dribbled all the way down court, splitting Temple's Will Cummings and Josh Brown for a layup. The Mustangs, who shot 60.7 during the second half, extended their lead to a game-high 27 points with 7:20 remaining. SMU is unbeaten in 12 home games this season -- the first six were played off campus while its 57-year-old Moody Coliseum underwent a $47 million refurbishing.
UP NEXT: SMU will kick-start a two-game road trip in the Northeast next week when the Mustangs take on Rutgers on Thursday (6 p.m. CT/ESPNews) and Temple a week from Sunday (Feb. 16/1 p.m. CT/CBSSN).
THE SERIES VS. CINCINNATI (1-3): The Mustangs and Bearcats will meet for the second time this season, and the first time in Dallas. Prior to the New Year's Day meeting, the series had been dormant since the 1974-75 season. The Mustangs have lost all three meetings in the Queen City, but won the neutral site encounter in 1966, an NCAA Midwest Regional contest in Lubbock, Texas.
LAST MEETING VS. CINCINNATI (L, 65-57 AT CINCINNATI ON JAN. 1 2014): CINCINNATI (AP) -- Justin Jackson scored 17 points as the Cincinnati Bearcats pulled away for a 65-57 win over SMU for both teams in the American Athletic Conference. Sean Kilpatrick finished with 13 points and Jermaine Sanders and Shaquille Thomas each added 10 as the Bearcats (12-2) extended their winning streak to five games. Kilpatrick is a combined 5 for 25 over his last two games. Markus Kennedy was the only Mustang to reach double figures, finishing with 12 points as SMU (10-3) was held to its second-lowest point total of the season. The Mustangs saw their winning streak snapped at five games. Sanders connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to help Cincinnati take a 32-30 halftime lead. Kennedy scored six of the last eight points of a 16-3 SMU run that left the Mustangs leading, 22-14, with 6:34 left in the first half. The Bearcats countered with a 12-0 run capped by four straight points by Jackson, whose five blocked shots before halftime matched his season high for a game. The Bearcats never trailed after Jackson converted a three-point play for a 24-22 lead with 3:24 left before halftime. Jackson went to the bench with his third foul with 14:21 left in the second half, but he returned to deliver an impressive dunk and a bounce pass through two defenders to Kilpatrick for a backdoor layup that gave the Bearcats a 48-39 lead with 10:47 left in the game. 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 1686-1214 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 210-83 (33-22 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 114-18 (.864) at home. He is 19-7 (.731) 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 4,972 so far this season, including an average of 6,577 in the six games in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum. Saturday marks the fourth of five games the Mustangs have sold out this season. SMU has recorded sellouts against Connecticut (7,166), Memphis (7,058) and Temple (6,852). In addition to Saturday's game, SMU's March 5 date with Louisville is sold out. 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 against Rutgers and 7,058 in its second sellout of the year against No. 22/22 Memphis. 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, seven Mustangs are averaging at least 5.3 points per game. The team is averaging 72.7 points per game with Nic Moore (13.7) and Markus Kennedy (12.2) averaging double figures. SMU had five players in double figures in home wins over No. 22/22 Memphis and Temple, the first time the Mustangs have had five double-digit scorers in consecutive games since the 2002-03 season when SMU won at Tulsa (86-84) on Jan. 25 and against UTEP (80-56) on Jan. 30.
BENCH SCORING: SMU is averaging 28.7 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 20 of 23 games, averaging 38.1 rebounds per game compared to their opponents' 30.5 per game. SMU is 15th in the nation and 1st in The American in rebounding margin at +7.4. The Mustangs have hauled in double-digit offensive rebounds in 15 of 22 games, including 9 of the last 12, 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 13.3 second chance points, outscoring their opponents in that department in 18 of 23 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 10 games this year, including the Mustangs' 87-72 win over No. 22/22 Memphis (57.6%) 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 8th in the nation and 1st in The American in field goal percentage at 49.4%.
FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 36.8% from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA). SMU has held 23 of its last 32 (17 of 23 this year) opponents under 40%. The Mustangs have held the opposition to 35% shooting or less 12 times this season. SMU has held 10 opponents (5 of 8) 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 30th in the nation in assists, entering the game averaging 15.5. The Mustangs have assisted on at least 50% of their field goals in 20 of 23 games this season. SMU has dished out 20 or more assists in 6 games in 2013-14.
MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: In the Mustangs' 87-72 win over No. 22/22 Memphis, Nic Moore distributed 10 assists, while Nick Russell had 7, the first time the Mustangs have had two players with 7+ assists in a game since Feb. 12, 2000, a game the Mustangs won 89-73 over Hawaii.
THE MOODY ADVANTAGE: The Mustangs are 12-0 at home this year, including a 6-0 mark inside the renovated Moody Coliseum. SMU is 12-0 at home for the first time since the 1999-00 season (started 13-0; finished 13-2). SMU is averaging 78.2 points per game at home, and has an average scoring margin of +21.2. The Mustangs are shooting 53.8 percent in home games, and are holding opponents to 33.8 percent from the field. 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 renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum was completed in December, so the Mustangs could host all conference games on campus. The renovated Moody Coliseum provides many new and improved features, including a renovated main entry lobby, expanded concourses with raised ceilings, club seats, loge boxes, private suites, videoboards, scoreboards, group suites, new event space, offices, team locker rooms and meeting space.
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 22 of 23 games this year (at USF). SMU has scored 50 or more points in the paint three times this season, a 54-point output against Rhode Island (11/11), and 52 point performances against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (11/24) and No. 22/22 Memphis (2/1). SMU has scored 40+ paint points 8 times, including 4 of the last 8 games (USF (42), Hofstra (42), No. 22/22 Memphis (52) and Temple (40)). On average, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents in the key by a count of 35.9-20.5.
RECEIVING VOTES: The Mustangs received votes in the AP Poll this week (15) for the fifth time this season. For the second-consecutive week, the Mustangs also received votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll (10). SMU also received votes in the AP poll on Jan. 27 (3), 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 week (Feb. 3) at No. 48 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. 30 Memphis, No. 33 Connecticut and No. 93 Wyoming. Four of the five Mustang losses have come against teams in the top 100, including three in the top 35 (at Arkansas 92, vs. Virginia 16, at Cincinnati 15, at Louisville 35).
SECOND HALF SURGE: SMU scored 58 second-half points in its 87-72 win over No. 22/22 Memphis, the highest point-total in a half since the Mustangs scored 61 (61-44) points in the second half of their 94-83 win over Houston on Feb. 27, 2010.
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. 22/22 Memphis was the program's second win over a ranked opponent in four weeks. The Mustangs have now defeated two ranked teams in the same season for the first time since the Mustangs were 3-1 against ranked opponents in 1984-85. 2013-14 also marks the first season the Mustangs have defeated multiple ranked teams at home since SMU topped No. 11 Texas and No. 15 Texas A&M in Dallas in the 1978-79 campaign. In Moody Coliseum's re-opening on Jan. 4, SMU defeated No. 17/15 Connecticut for the Mustangs' first win over a ranked opponent since Dec. 21, 2003, when SMU 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.
Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): Has played in all 23 games, starting 12, averaging 3.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game. Turned in a career-high 15 points on 6-9 shooting, including 2-3 from beyond the arc to go along with a pair of boards in 22 minutes in SMU's 87-72 win over No. 22 Memphis. Scored a season-high (at the time) 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 23 games, averaging 4.8 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: 95 blocks, good for seventh at SMU.
Kevin Dunleavy (6-3, 180, G, Jr.): Played in 8 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 22 games, averaging 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 16.6 minutes per game. Tallied a double-figure night for the third time in his career in SMU's 75-52 win over Temple, scoring 11 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 2 assists. 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 20 games, averaging 0.9 points and 1.0 rebounds in 6.2 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 23 games, starting 9, averaging 12.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists in 24.4 minutes. In conference play, averaging 14.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.6 assists. Has led (or tied the lead) SMU in scoring and rebounding in the same game 8 times this season. Has scored in double figures in 14-straight games and has recorded 5 double-doubles, including his latest against No. 22 Memphis, where he scored a career-high 21 points to go along with a career-high 15 rebounds. Went 10-10 from the field in the win over Memphis, the first to do so since Papa Dia against Southern Miss in Jan., 2011. 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: 6th in FG% (55.6), 7th in blocked shots (1.4), 4th in rebounding (7.4) 4th in defensive rebounds (5.5). Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll three times (12/23, 1/20, 1/27)
Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Played in all 23 games, starting 11, averaging 5.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 18.4 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 23 games, averaging 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 13.9 minutes. Scored in double figures for the 4th time in the last 6 games, tallying 10 points, 6 rebounds and a career-high 3 blocks, 2 steals and 1 assist in 15 min. 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 23 games, averaging 13.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 31.7 minutes. In conference play, averaging 14.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.2 steals. Tallied his second-career double-double in the Mustangs 87-72 win over No. 22/22 Memphis, netting 14 points to go along with 10 assists. Has scored in double figures in 18 of 22 games, and has made multiple 3PT field goals in 15 of 22 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 (13.7), 12th in FG% (49.3), 3rd in assists (4.8), 4th in FT% (85.9), 3rd in 3PT FG% (45.6), 5th in 3PT made (2.0), 3rd in assist/turnover ratio (2.1) and 9th in minutes played (31.7) Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll five times (11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 1/6 and 2/3).
Yanick Moreira (6-11, 220, C, Jr.): Returned to the Mustangs' lineup against Temple (Feb. 6) after missing four weeks (knee). Scored 2 points and pulled down 4 rebounds in his return to the lineup. Started 14 games, averaging 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 18.4 minutes prior to the injury. 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 8 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 23 games, starting 22, averaging 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.7 minutes per game. Scored in double-figures for the 7th time (11 points), to go along with 7 assists in SMU's 87-72 win over No. 22/22 Memphis. 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), 7th in FT% (82.0), 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.6).
Jonathan Wilfong (6-2, 185, G, Fr.): Played in 7 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 23 games, starting 22, averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game. Tied for the team lead with 14 points to go along with 3 rebounds in SMU's win over Temple. 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.