[23/RV] SMU Travels To Rutgers For Friday 6 PM CT Tip
Feb. 11, 2014
The Last Meeting
January 21, 2014
[23/RV] SMU (19-5, 8-3 American) opens up a two-game road trip at Rutgers (10-14, 4-7) on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on ESPNews. The Mustangs are in the AP Top 25 for the first time since the program was No. 20 on March 12, 1985. SMU is 3-1 against ranked opponents this season, and is coming off a 76-55 win over then No. 7/7 Cincinnati on Saturday. SMU defeated Rutgers 70-56 in Dallas on Jan. 21 in the first of the two matchups this season.
The Mustangs, who are also receiving a season-high 37 votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, are one of five teams in the American Athletic Conference in the AP Top 25. SMU is up nine spots in the NCAA RPI this week to No. 39, and is one of five teams in the conference in the top 40. Four of the Mustangs' five losses have come to teams in the RPI top 80.
SMU is second in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st American), holding opponents to 36.7 percent from the field. The Mustang defense is also holding opponents to 61.0 points per game, good for 17th in the NCAA (2nd American). SMU has held 24 of its last 33 (18 of 24 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. On the glass, the Mustangs have outrebounded 20 of 24 opponents this season.
On offense, the Mustangs are leading the conference in field goal percentage, shooting at a 49.6-percent clip in 2013-14 (7th NCAA). The Mustangs are also shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc, good for third in the conference. SMU is second in the league in assists per game at 15.5 (32nd NCAA), and is averaging 72.8 points per game. Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored 23 of 24 opponents in the paint by an average of 35.8-20.4.
Nic Moore was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Monday (2/10), averaging 12.5 points and 4.5 assists. Moore has been named to the Honor Roll six times this season (Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Feb. 10). Ben Moore was also named the conference's rookie of the week on Feb. 10 for the third time this season (Nov. 18, Jan. 27). Markus Kennedy earned 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). Junior center Yanick Moreira has also been listed once (Nov. 25). Kennedy was named a nominee for the Capital One Impact Player of the Week on Feb. 3.
LAST GAME (W, 76-55 VS. NO. 7/7 CINCINNATI ON FEB. 8) DALLAS -- Nick Russell had 15 points to go with several big steals, and coach Larry Brown's SMU Mustangs stayed undefeated at home with a 76-55 victory Saturday night over No. 7 Cincinnati, ending the Bearcats' 15-game winning streak. SMU (19-5, 8-3 American Athletic Conference) has already beaten three Top 25 opponents in seven games since moving into the renovated Moody Coliseum on campus five weeks ago. Before that, the Mustangs hadn't defeated a ranked opponent anywhere since December 2003. They hadn't had multiple wins against Top 25 teams in the same season since 1984-85, the last time SMU appeared in the poll.Russell had two steals in less than a minute that led to breakaway baskets, with a 3-pointer from Nic Moore in between, to cap an 11-0 run by the Mustangs after Cincinnati (22-3, 11-1) cut the gap to 48-41 midway through the second half. Cincinnati hadn't lost since dropping consecutive games against New Mexico and Xavier in the first half of December. The Bearcats beat SMU 65-57 at home in the AAC opener on New Year's Day. Ben Moore also had 15 points for SMU, while Nic Moore scored 14 and Cannen Cunningham 11. AAC scoring leader Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati with 22 points on 5-of-18 shooting, including 3 for 12 on 3-pointers. The Bearcats scored six points in a row to make it 48-41, the closest they had been since there were 3 minutes left in the first half, when Titus Rubles hit two free throws after being fouled on a breakaway drive after stealing a pass. They didn't get any closer after Russell made a layup after Markus Kennedy broke through two defenders and passed him the ball. SMU was back up 59-41 with 8:13 left when Russell had a steal and broke free for a thunderous, one-handed dunk. Nic Moore hit a 3-pointer right before that, after Ben Moore's breakaway layup that came after another steal by Russell.
UP NEXT: SMU will wrap-up a two-game road trip in the Northeast on Sunday when the Mustangs take on Temple at 1 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.
THE SERIES VS. RUTGERS (1-0): Thursday's matchup is the second meeting this season and the second meeting overall between the two programs.
LAST MEETING VS. RUTGERS (W, 70-56 AT SMU ON JAN. 21, 2014): DALLAS (AP) - Markus Kennedy scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Tuesday night 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 record equals last season's total in Larry Brown's first season as coach. SMU's last three wins came in four days because a game canceled in early December due to bad weather had been rescheduled for last Sunday. Rutgers (8-11, 2-4) was led by J.J. Moore with 15 points and Myles Mack with 13. The Mustangs entered the game ranked second 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. 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. The Mustangs' bench outscored Rutgers' 32-10, led by Ben Moore's 12 points. The Mustangs went into the game averaging 14.7 free throws per game and made 14 of 18 in the opening half alone. 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 Rutgers' Eddie Jordan met 19 times as head coaches in pro ball over parts of six seasons, with Brown winning 13 times. 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.
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 1687-1214 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 211-83 (34-22 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 115-18 (.865) at home. He is 20-7 (.741) 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.
Opponent Series 2013-14 Meetings - (Last Matchup Prior To 2013-14)
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.
"AP"PROPRIATE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: The Mustangs are No. 23 (205) in the AP Poll that was released on Monday. SMU has a 3-1 (3-0 at home) record against top-25 teams, including a 76-55 win over then No. 7/7 Cincinnati on Feb. 8. SMU's last appearance in the AP Poll came on March 12, 1985, when the Mustangs were No. 20. The Mustangs are one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the AP Poll. SMU also received a season-high 37 votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. SMU is one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the AP Poll this week, tied with the Big Ten for the most of any conference this week. The Mustangs cracked the top 25 after receiving votes in the poll five times previously this season.
ATTENDANCE UP: The Mustangs are averaging 5,149 so far this season, including an average of 6,677 in the seven games in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum. SMU's game against Cincinnati marked the fourth of five games the Mustangs have sold out this season. SMU has also recorded sellouts against Connecticut (7,166), Memphis (7,058) and Temple (6,852). 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, nine Mustangs are averaging at least 5.0 points per game. The team is averaging 72.8 points per game with Nic Moore (13.8) and Markus Kennedy (11.9) averaging double figures.
BENCH SCORING: SMU is averaging 29.0 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 24 games, averaging 37.6 rebounds per game compared to their opponents' 30.8 per game. SMU is 17th in the nation and 1st in The American in rebounding margin at +6.8. The Mustangs have hauled in double-digit offensive rebounds in 16 of 24 games, including 9 of the last 13, and have had 15+ offensive rebounds 6 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), USF (29-24) on Jan. 28 (L, 78-71) and No. 7/7 Cincinnati on Feb. 8 (W, 76-55). 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 13.2 second chance points, outscoring their opponents in that department in 19 of 24 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 11 games this year, including the Mustangs' 76-55 win over No. 7/7 Cincinnati (54.3%) 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 7th in the nation and 1st in The American in field goal percentage at 49.6%.
FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 36.7% from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA). SMU has held 24 of its last 33 (18 of 24 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 9) 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.
HAPPY HOMECOMING: On Feb. 1, Markus Kennedy had career highs of 21 points (10-10 FG) and 15 rebounds with three steals in the Mustangs' 87-72 win over then No. 22/22 Memphis in a sold-out Moody Coliseum. In the locker room after the game, he learned that he was going to get to fly home that night to surprise his mom Barbara, who is a sergeant in the Air Force and was leaving on Feb. 3 for an 8-month deployment in the Middle East. SMU requested, and was granted, legislative relief from the NCAA to pay for the trip.
A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS: SMU is 2nd in The American and 32nd in the nation in assists, entering the game averaging 15.5. The Mustangs have assisted on at least 50% of their field goals in 21 of 24 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 13-0 at home this year, including a 7-0 mark inside the renovated Moody Coliseum. SMU is 13-0 at home for the first time since the 1999-00 season (started 13-0; finished 13-2). SMU is averaging 78.0 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 33.9 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.
MUSTANGS ON THE ROAD: 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.
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 23 of 24 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 9 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 35.8-20.4.
RPI WATCH: The Mustangs enter the week (Feb. 10) at No. 39 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 40. SMU is 3-4 against teams in the RPI top 100, with wins over No. 14 Cincinnati No. 25 Memphis and No. 30 Connecticut. Four of the five Mustang losses have come against teams in the top 80, including three in the top 35 (at Arkansas 79, vs. Virginia 20, at Cincinnati 14, at Louisville 33).
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.
WE MEET AGAIN: SMU head coach Larry Brown and Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan will meet for the second time as college coaches and the 21st time overall. The two coaches met 19 times over six seasons on the pro circuit. Brown won 13 of those 19 NBA matchups.
UPSET SPECIAL: SMU's win over No. 7/7 Cincinnati (76-55) was the program's third win over a ranked opponent in five weeks. The Ponies win was their first over an AP top-10 opponent since the Mustangs defeated No. 7 Florida 82-76 on Dec. 3, 1987 at Reunion Arena. The win was also the program's first on-campus AP top-10 win since the Mustangs defeated No. 3 Indiana 91-84 on Dec. 29, 1967. SMU's 3-1 record against ranked teams, matches the program's record against ranked opponents in the 1984-85 season. SMU has also recorded top-25 wins over No. 22/22 Memphis (87-72) and No. 17/15 Connecticut (74-65). 2013-14 also marks the first season the Mustangs have defeated three or more ranked teams at home in program history. 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 24 games, starting 13, averaging 4.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 17.7 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 24 games, averaging 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game. Scored in double figures for the third time this season, to go along with 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block and 1 assist in 13 minutes in SMU's 76-55 win over No. 7/7 Cincinnati. 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: 96 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 23 games, averaging 6.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 16.5 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 21 games, averaging 1.0 points and 1.0 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 24 games, starting 10, averaging 11.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.5 assists in 24.5 minutes. In conference play, averaging 13.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.8 assists. Has led (or tied the lead) SMU in scoring and rebounding in the same game 8 times this season. Scored in double figures in 14-straight games (Dec. 4-Feb. 1) and 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% (55.5), 8th in blocked shots (1.4), 4th in rebounding (7.3) 4th in defensive rebounds (5.4). Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll three times (12/23, 1/20, 1/27)
Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Played in 23 of 24 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 24 games, averaging 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.2 minutes. Scored in double figures for the 5th time in the last 7 games, tying a team-high with 15 points, to go along with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and a steal in 21 minutes. 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 three times (11/18, 1/27, 2/10) Prep: All-Illinois Honorable Mention selection and Mr. Basketball finalist.
Nic Moore (5-9, 170, G, RS-So.): Started all 24 games, averaging 13.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 31.8 minutes. In conference play, averaging 14.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 4.6 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 19 of 24 games, and has made multiple 3PT field goals in 15 of 24 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: 14th in scoring (13.8), 12th in FG% (49.3), 4th in assists (4.7), 4th in FT% (85.5), 3rd in 3PT FG% (45.4), 5th in 3PT made (2.0), 5th in assist/turnover ratio (1.9) and 9th in minutes played (31.8) Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll six times (11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 1/6, 2/3 and 2/10).
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 24 games, starting 23, averaging 8.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 30.6 minutes per game. Scored in double-figures for the 8th time (15 points), to go along with 3 rebounds and 3 assists in SMU's 76-55 win over No. 7/7 Cincinnati. 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 (3.3), 6th in FT% (83.6), 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.5).
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 24 games, starting 23, averaging 5.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 17.4 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.
Larry Brown IN OT (NCAA): 3-6
SMU IS SOCIAL:
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.
SMU ADDS 1,000 NEW SEASON TICKETS: SMU Men's Basketball has over 1,000 new season tickets. The Mustangs opened the renovated Moody Coliseum on Jan. 4 (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 title. They are the second tandem to meet as head coaches after being the head coach and MOP for the same NCAA title team.
GENE PHILLIPS INDUCTED TO SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE SPORTS HOF: 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 Texas Sports Hall of Fame (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-seasons 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 holds the marks for the top two seasons at SMU in scoring and scoring avg.; totaling 737 points with a 28.3 avg. in 1970-71 and adding 685 points for a 28.5 avg. 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 Milwaukee in the 1971 NBA Draft and played two seasons with ABA's Dallas Chaparrals.
SECOND CENTURY CAMPIAGN GOAL $1 BILLION: Bolstered by the success to date of SMU's Second Century Campaign, the University's Board of Trustees has raised the goal from $750 million to $1 billion. At its quarterly meeting on Sept. 13, the board voted unanimously to accept the new goal recommended by the campaign's leadership. The campaign seeks additional funds for scholarships, academic programs, faculty positions and campus improvements and facilities. SMU already has surpassed its original goal and timetable, raising $780 million for a campaign scheduled to end in 2015, the 100th anniversary of SMU's opening. That date is now set to mark another milestone - the completion of SMU's first $1 billion campaign. SMU will join only 12 other private universities currently seeking goals of $1 billion or more. Among them are Columbia, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California. SMU is the first comprehensive university in North Texas to seek that amount.
NEW COURT DESIGN FOR NEW MOODY: The new floor has a classic and clean look to it. The court will have a blue border with white lines marking the lanes, three-point arcs and mid-court stripe. The center-court logo includes the blue SMU word mark and red pony. The new design also focuses on branding the University and SMU Athletics as the Mustangs' exposure reaches unprecedented levels - all 18 men's conference games are nationally televised during the inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference.