Feb. 15, 2014
|23/RV SMU (20-5, 9-3 American) vs. Temple (6-17, 1-10 American)|
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Mustangs Down Temple 75-52
Markus Kennedy had 14 points and 9 rebounds while Shawn Williams added 14 as SMU defeated Temple 75-52 on Thursday.
[23/RV] SMU (20-5, 9-3 American) wraps-up a two-game road trip at Temple (6-17, 1-10) on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network. The Mustangs, ranked for the first time since 1984-85, won 77-65 at Rutgers on Friday, their first win as a ranked opponent since 1985 ( SMU def. Old Dominion 85-68 in NCAA first-round). SMU also reached the 20-win plateau for the 10th time in program history, and the first time in the regular season since 1999-00.
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, three in the top 33.
SMU is second in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st American), holding opponents to 36.9%. The Mustang defense is allowing just 61.2 points per game, 17th in the NCAA (2nd American). SMU has held 24 of its last 34 (18 of 25 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU has outrebounded 21 of 25 opponents this season.
On offense, SMU is leading the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 49.5% (7th NCAA). The Mustangs are also shooting 36.9% from beyond the arc, third in the conference. SMU is second in the league in assists per game at 15.4 (29th NCAA), and is averaging 73.0 points per game. Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored 23 of 25 opponents in the paint by an average of 35.6-20.9.
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, 77-65 AT RUTGERS ON FEB. 14): PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Even Larry Brown had no idea how his SMU team would play after being ranked for the first time in 29 years. The veteran coach needn't have worried. Nic Moore scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, Nick Russell added 16 points and the No. 23 Mustangs prevailed 77-65 over Rutgers on Friday night to earn their first win as a ranked team since the 1984-85 season. "These are all learning experiences for us," Brown said. "We talked about it. We haven't been there before. It's a growing process, but I thought we responded great." SMU (20-5, 9-3 American Athletic Conference) reached the 20-win plateau for just the second time in 13 years. "I feel like we played together, played through adversity when things got tough, and just fought it out," said Moore, who was 5 of 9 from 3-point range to help SMU shoot 8 for 18 from beyond the arc. "I feel like earlier in the season we might not have overcome this type of (environment), but now we know what we have to do to pull out a game like this." The Mustangs led for the game's final 32 minutes to win their fourth straight and for the ninth time in 10 games. SMU held Rutgers without a field goal over the final 6:17 of the first half and went into halftime with a 36-29 lead. The Scarlet Knights used a 7-0 run to rally within 41-40 with 15 minutes to play, but Moore drilled three 3-pointers during a 14-2 run to extend the Mustangs' advantage to 12. Myles Mack had 17 points and Kadeem Jack scored 15 for the Scarlet Knights (10-15, 4-8), who never got within six points over the final 13 minutes. "I really didn't have a problem with the way we played tonight," said Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan, whose team lost 70-56 to SMU in Dallas on Jan. 21. "I thought we had terrific effort, we shared the basketball, we played the game plan for the most part, but there was some breakdowns, some missed assignments. But for 40 minutes we stayed together, we shared the game and we just played against a good team that's on a good roll right now." SMU, which ranks second nationally in field-goal percentage defense, was outscored 32-30 in the paint but held Rutgers to 3-for-14 shooting from beyond the arc. The Mustangs' reserves outscored their Rutgers counterparts 23-16, with Cannen Cunningham scoring 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting. "For the most part, we got the ball inside, we got good shots and we missed them," Jordan said. "Those things have to click against the best defensive team in the conference." While the Mustangs are unblemished at home this season, they came in having dropped two of their previous four games on the road. But after the game scheduled for Thursday night was pushed back a day by the storm that blanketed the Northeast with snow, Brown had his team practice in the RAC to get familiar with the environment. "(Rutgers) has had some great teams come in here, I'm sure they were not intimidated by anybody," Brown said. "We didn't handle our last experience in a game, maybe we were supposed to win, and I don't mean that disrespectfully to Rutgers. But most people would think with their record and our record we were supposed to win. Rutgers is capable of beating anybody, but we got a win. It wasn't an easy trip, sitting in the hotel. ... I thought we showed a lot tonight. I'm proud of them." After saluting his team in the locker room, Brown had to walk to the other side of the arena to hold his postgame press conference. As he entered the media room, he quipped, "Thank God we won because that would've been the longest walk of my life." While he enjoyed the season sweep of Rutgers, Brown quickly looked ahead to a short trip to Philadelphia, where his team will meet Temple on Sunday afternoon. "I am happy I am coaching," said Brown, a veteran of four decades of coaching in college and the NBA. "I am 73 years old and I am allowed to do something I love. I get to be around the kids and great coaches sitting next to me."
UP NEXT: SMU will return home for a clash with in-state rival Houston on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT on ESPNews. On Feb. 14, SMU announced that it has sold out the remaining three home games, including Wednesday's matchup with Houston.
THE SERIES VS. TEMPLE (1-2): The Mustangs and Owls are meeting for the fourth time. SMU won the first meeting this season in Dallas by a count of 75-52. In the two team's last meeting prior to this season, Temple edged the Mustangs 90-81 in the third place game of the NCAA Tournament. The only other previous meeting in the series came in the 1937-38 season, a game Temple won by a count of 53-41.
LAST MEETING VS. TEMPLE (W, 75-52 AT SMU ON FEB. 6 2014): DALLAS (AP) - 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.
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 1688-1214 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 212-83 (35-22 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.
- 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) (Syracuse wins 91-89 OT)
Feb. 20: 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 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 52-44 (.542) in road games, 11-11 (.500) 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)
Cincinnati 2-3 J1 at UC (L, 65-57), F8 at SMU (W, 76-55) - (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 26-46 J26 at UH (W, 75-68), 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 4-11 F1 at SMU (W, 87-72), M8 at UM - (L, 60-52 at SMU, 2/6/2013)
Rutgers 2-0 J21 at SMU (W, 70-56), F13 at RU (W, 77-65- (First Meeting)
Temple 1-2 F6 at SMU (W, 75-52), 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 3-3 J15 at SMU (W, 71-54), J28 at USF - (L, 78-71) - (L, 67-61 at SMU, 11/13/2009)
SMU PICKED SIXTH IN THE AMERICAN PRESEASON POLL: SMU was picked to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference's first preseason coaches' poll. SMU freshman Keith Frazier, a McDonald's All-American from Dallas Kimball High School, was tabbed as the Preseason Rookie of the Year. Defending NCAA Champion Louisville was the unanimous selection to win the league. Connecticut was picked second while 2013 NCAA teams Memphis, Cincinnati and Temple were picked third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
2013-14 PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
Rank. Team (First-Place Votes) - Pts.
1. Louisville (9) * - 81
2. UConn (1) - 69
3. Memphis - 68
4. Cincinnati - 58
5. Temple - 40
6. SMU - 39
7. Houston - 28
8. USF - 27
9. UCF - 24
10. Rutgers - 16
THE GRADUATES: SMU seniors Nick Russell and Shawn Williams have already earned their bachelor's degrees and are enrolled in graduate courses. Williams graduated in May 2013 with a degree in sociology. Russell earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in August 2013.
SMU VS. DEFENDING NCAA CHAMPIONS: The Mustangs will face defending NCAA champion Louisville at least twice this season. The Mustangs have faced the defending champ in seven other seasons.
Date Opponent Result
12/19/1952 at Kansas L, 66-83
12/20/1952 at Kansas L, 55-72
3/22/1956 vs.  San Francisco L, 68-86 in NCAA Semifinal
12/11/1958 at  Kentucky L, 60-72
12/10/1966 UTEP L, 62-71
12/8/1973 at  UCLA L, 60-77
1/9/1989 at  Kansas L, 82-90 (2OT)
12/8/1994  Arkansas L, 66-78
1/12/2014 at [12/8] Louisville L, 63-71
- National Team of the Week
ESPN & NBC Sports (Feb. 10 after 76-55 win over then-7/7 Cincinnati)
- American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week
Ben Moore (Nov. 18) - 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks in win over Rhode Island
Ben Moore (Jan. 27) - 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds in 2-0 week Ben Moore (Feb. 10) - 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 2-0 week>
- 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
Markus Kennedy (Jan. 27) - 16.5 pts, 10.0 rebs, 3.0 blks, 2.0 asts, 1.5 stls in 2-0 week)
Nic Moore (Feb. 3) - 18.5 pts, 6.0 asts, in 1-1 week including win over No. 22/22 Memphis Nic Moore (Feb. 10) - 12.5 pts, 4.5 asts, in 2-0 week including win over No. 7/7 Cincinnati> - 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)
- Capital One Impact Performance of the Week
Markus Kennedy (Feb. 3 - 1 of 4 nominees) - 21 pts, 15 rebs, 3 stls in win over 22/22 Memphis
20 WIN PLATEAU: The Mustangs have reached the 20 win mark for the 10th time in program history, and the first time since they went 20-15 in the 2010-11 campaign. 2013-14 also marks the earliest calendar date (Feb. 14) the Mustangs have reached 20 wins in program history. The campaign is also SMU's first 20-win regular season since the Mustangs went 21-7 in the 1999-00 campaign. The Mustangs have reached the 20-win mark in 25 games; matching the number of games it took the 1999-00 team to reach 20 wins. It's the seventh time SMU has reached 20 wins in 25 games or less. This season is SMU's eighth 20-win regular season. SMU also has 9 conference wins for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
"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 current 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 Ponies 77-65 win at Rutgers on Feb. 14 was their first as a ranked opponent since defeating Old Dominion 85-68 on March 14, 1985 (SMU was ranked No. 20). 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 seven games the Mustangs have sold out this season. SMU has also recorded sellouts against Connecticut (7,166), Memphis (7,058) and Temple (6,852). The Mustangs have sold out their remaining three home games, making it a Moody Coliseum record 7 sellouts. 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 73.0 points per game with Nic Moore (14.0) and Markus Kennedy (11.7) averaging double figures.
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 21 of 25 games, averaging 37.4 rebounds per game compared to their opponents' 30.8 per game. SMU is 18th in the nation and 1st in The American in rebounding margin at +6.6. The Mustangs have hauled in double-digit offensive rebounds in 16 of 25 games, including 9 of the last 14, 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 13.1 second chance points, outscoring their opponents in that department in 19 of 25 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 49.5%.
FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 36.9% from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA). SMU has held 24 of its last 34 (18 of 25 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 29th in the nation in assists, entering the game averaging 15.4. The Mustangs have assisted on at least 50% of their field goals in 22 of 25 games (12 of 13) 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 15-15 under Larry Brown in road/neutral games (11-11 road/4-4 neutral). This season, SMU is 7-5 away from home with a 5-4 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: 20 of the Mustangs' games will be broadcast live on national television this season, six more than the last five years combined. 17 of SMU's 18 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 and its rescheduled conference game at Rutgers available on ESPN3.
PAINT IS KEY: The Mustangs have outscored their opponents in the paint in 23 of 25 games this year (at USF and at Rutgers). 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 10 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 35.6-20.9.
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.
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.
SMU - TEAM
FG% - 66.7 (32-48), T-6th, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11/24
3FG% - 71.4 (10-14), T-3rd, McNeese State 12/2
Blocked Shots - 10, T-6th, Temple 2/6
OPPONENT - TEAM
3FG% - 71.4 (10-14), T-3rd, vs. [RV/RV] Virginia 11/29
3FGA - 34 (10-34), T-6th, McNeese State 12/2
OPPONENT - INDIVIDUAL
Steals - 6, T-4th, Tevin Hammond, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11/24
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
Kennedy at Houston 1/26 15 pts, 10 rebs 4th 4th
Kennedy [22/22] Memphis 21 pts, 15 rbs 5th 5th Nic Moore [22/22] Memphis 14 pts, 10 asts 1st 2nd 2012-13 Opponent Stats Season Career
Manuel Rider 11/21 24 pts, 11 rebs 1st 1st
Williams vs. UALR 11/24 15 pts, 10 rebs 1st 1st
Williams at Hofstra 12/1 10 pts, 10 rebs 2nd 2nd
Cunningham [RV/RV] Wyoming 1/2 14 pts, 11 rebs 1st 1st
Manuel Houston 2/2 15 pts, 10 asts 2nd 2nd
Cunningham Rice 2/27 13 pts, 13 rebs 2nd 2nd
N. Moore (ISU) at Ole Miss 3/14 24 pts, 10 asts 1st 1st
10+points: Nic Moore 6 (28, 23,14, 11,14, 21), Nick Russell 2 (15, 16), Cannen Cunningham 2 (11, 10)
Longest This Season: Markus Kennedy 14
8+ rebounds: Cannen Cunninham (8)
Long: Markus Kennedy 11
Long: Markus Kennedy 3
5+ assists: Nic Moore (5)
Long: Nic Moore 2
3+ steals: Nick Russell (3)
Long: Markus Kennedy and Nic Moore 2
2+ blocks: Markus Kennedy (2)
Long: Markus Kennedy 4
Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): Has played in all 25 games, starting 14, averaging 3.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 17.8 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 25 games, averaging 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game. Scored in double figures for the fourth time this season, with 10 first-half points and a season-high 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in 25 minutes. Tallied 10 points 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: 97 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 24 games, averaging 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 16.0 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 22 games, averaging 1.1 points and 1.0 rebounds in 6.3 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 25 games, starting 11, averaging 11.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.6 assists in 24.2 minutes. In conference play, averaging 13.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.9 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% (55.3), 7th in blocked shots (1.4), 4th in rebounding (7.2) 4th in defensive rebounds (5.3). Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll three times (12/23, 1/20, 1/27)
Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Played in 24 of 25 games, starting 11, averaging 5.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 18.5 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 25 games, averaging 6.9 points and 3.7 rebounds in 14.4 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 against No. 7/7 Cincinnati. 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 25 games, averaging 14.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.0 minutes. In conference play, averaging 14.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.1 steals. Scoured 20+ points (21) for the sixth time this season to go along with 5 assists to lead SMU to a road win over Rutgers. Tied a season-high in the game with 5 3PT FGs made (4 in the second half). 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 21 of 25 games, and has made multiple 3PT field goals in 17 of 25 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 (14.0), 11th in FG% (48.9), 3rd in assists (4.7), 3rd in FT% (86.6), 2nd in 3PT FG% (46.2), 4th in 3PT made (2.2), 5th in assist/turnover ratio (2.0) and 8th in minutes played (32.0) 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 25 games, starting 24, averaging 8.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 30.9 minutes per game. Tallied a season-high 16 points, while adding 5 rebounds and 3 assists in SMU's win at Rutgers. 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), 7th in FT% (82.7), 9th 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 25 games, starting 24, averaging 5.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 18.5 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
1/16/81 UCLA at Arizona St L, 78-74 (3ot) Pac 10 Game
1/4/86 Kansas at Memphis L, 83-80
3/21/86 Kansas vs. Michigan St W, 96-86 NCAA RSF (Kansas City)
12/29/86 Kansas vs. Ohio St L, 79-78 Rainbow Classic (Honolulu)
12/30/86 Kansas at Hawaii W, 81-80 Rainbow Classic (Honolulu)
2/4/87 Kansas at Kansas St W, 80-75 (2ot) Big 8 Game
2/28/87 Kansas at Nebraska L, 83-81 Big 8 Game
2/20/88 Kansas vs. Duke L, 74-70
2/2/13 SMU vs. Houston L, 84-80 C-USA Game
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WORLD-CLASS FACILITY: SMU's Crum Basketball Center has been a world-class training center since opening in 2008. The 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks used the Crum Center for their 2008, 2009 and 2010 training camps. Several other NBA teams have also used the facility while in Dallas to play the Mavericks.
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5. Dallas Mavericks
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10. New Orleans Hornets
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. San Antonio Spurs
13. Utah Jazz
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.
- Howie Dallmar - 1942 MOP for Stanford (Coach was Everett Dean); Dean (Stanford) vs. Dallmar (Penn) at Penn on Dec. 29, 1950 (Penn wins 59-58)
- Danny Manning - 1988 MOP for Kansas (Coach was Larry Brown); Manning (Tulsa) vs. Brown (SMU) at SMU on Jan. 6 (TU won 48-47), and at Tulsa on March 6 (SMU won 71-65)
GENE PHILLIPS INDUCTED TO SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE SPORTS 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.