[RV/RV] SMU Travels To [21/21] Connecticut For Sunday 1 PM CT Tip On CBSSN
Feb. 21, 2014
The Last Meeting
January 4, 2014
[RV/RV] SMU (21-6, 10-4 American) heads to No. 21/21 Connecticut on Sunday for a 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT tip on CBS Sports Network. The Mustangs now have 21 wins for the seventh time in program history, and the first time since the 1999-00 season (21-7 in regular season). SMU also has 10 conference wins for the first time since it had 11 in the 2002-03 season (WAC). The Mustangs are 3-1 against ranked opponents this season, including a 74-65 win over then-No. 17/15 Connecticut. SMU is coming off a 68-64 home win over Houston on Wednesday.
The Mustangs are second in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st American), holding opponents to 37.1%. The Mustang defense is allowing just 61.6 points per game, 19th in the NCAA (3rd American). SMU has held 26 of its last 36 (20 of 27 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU has outrebounded 22 of 27 opponents this season.
On offense, SMU is leading the conference in field-goal percentage, shooting 49.3% (12th NCAA). The Mustangs are also shooting 36.1% from beyond the arc, third in the conference. SMU is third in the league in assists per game at 15.2 (37th NCAA), and is averaging 72.5 points per game. Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored 24 of 27 opponents in the paint by an average of 35.0-21.0
SMU is receiving votes in both polls this week, including 21 in the AP Poll. SMU is receiving votes in the AP poll for the fifth-straight week and the USA Today Coaches' Poll for the fourth-straight week. The Mustangs enter the week (Feb. 17) at No. 49 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 50. SMU is 4-4 against teams in the RPI top 85. SMU is currently third in The American standings, and has clinched a first-round bye in next month's conference tournament.
Nic Moore was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for the third-straight week on Monday (2/17), averaging 18.0 points and 4.5 assists. Moore has been named to the Honor Roll seven times this season (Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17). Ben Moore was 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, 68-64 VS HOUSTON ON FEB. 19): DALLAS (AP) -- Nic Moore scored 16 points and Cannen Cunningham provided a spark off the bench to help SMU beat Houston 68-64 on Wednesday night. The bench played a big role in the victory for the Mustangs (21-6, 10-4 American Athletic Conference), scoring 31 points and grabbing 21 rebounds. Cunningham had six points and six boards. Houston (12-14, 4-9) was led by Jherrod Stiggers with 16 points off the bench. TaShawn Thomas and Danuel House added 15 points each. Thirteen of House's points came in the first half. SMU broke a tie at 39 early in the second half to take the lead for good but didn't shake Houston until the final minutes. SMU led by five points with 56 seconds to play before four free throws by Nic Moore and Ben Moore pushed its lead to nine with 19 seconds left. SMU has already won more games this season than any SMU team since the 1999-00 season. SMU, seeking to earn its first berth to the NCAA Tournament since 1993, is third in the conference standings. They've won all 14 home games this season -- the first six played off campus while 57-year-old Moody Coliseum was undergoing a $47 million renovation -- to build the program's longest home winning streak since 1984-85. The Cougars have lost seven of their last eight games and nine of their last 11. The Mustangs trailed for most of the first half, thanks early on to Houston's accuracy on 3-point shots. House sank three of his first four attempts from behind in the arc during the opening five minutes, and Houston used four 3-pointers in build a 14-6 lead. SMU's Markus Kennedy, averaging 12 points per game, being benched at that same time for the balance of the half after picking up two fouls. The Mustangs slowly fought back on the strength of its bench play to grab a 32-30 lead at intermission. SMU reserves outscored Houston's 18-8, led by Cunningham. Thomas, the Cougars leading scorer at 16 points per game, was limited to one field goal and five points in the first half.
UP NEXT: SMU will start a two-game homestand on March 1 against UCF (3 p.m. CT/ESPNews). SMU will then host No. 11/5 Louisville on March 5 at 6 p.m. CT (CBS Sports Network). The final two home games are sold out.
THE SERIES VS. CONNECTICUT (2-0): SMU and UConn will meet for the second time this season and the third time overall on Sunday. Both of the previous meetings have been played in Dallas, including the Jan. 4 Moody Coliseum opener that the Mustangs won by a count of 74-65. The Mustangs won the Dec. 30, 1965 home contest by a count of 80-66.
LAST MEETING VS. CONNECTICUT (W, 74-65 AT SMU ON JAN. 4 2014): DALLAS (AP) - Nic Moore had 20 points and six assists to lead SMU to a 74-65 victory over No. 17/15 Connecticut in the Mustangs' first game of the season played on campus in refurbished Moody Coliseum. Nick Russell added 14 points for SMU (11-3, 1-1) in its first conference win as a member of the American Athletic Conference. Ryan Boatright had 15 points for the Huskies (11-3, 0-2), who lost their second straight, both in conference and both in Texas. Shabazz Napier and Lasan Kroham had 12 points and DeAndre Daniels added 11 for UConn, which lost to Houston on Tuesday. SMU went ahead 47-41 on a bank shot by Ben Moore with 11:36 left. The Mustangs went on a 6-1 run to go up 63-51 with 4:04 left. Boatright scored nine points in the first half but picked up his second and third fouls early in the second half and went to the bench. Napier was held to two points and one field goal attempt in the first half. The victory was the Mustangs' first against a ranked opponent since December 2003, when they beat No. 17 Purdue. SMU came into the game ranked second nationally in field goal defense (35.7 percent) and held UConn to 36.7 percent shooting instead of its season average of 47.2 percent. The overflow crowd of 7,166 was SMU's first home sellout since November 2001. SMU rode the momentum of the energized home crowd to a 7-2 lead in the early minutes before UConn used an eight-point run to move ahead 18-13 with 8:18 remaining. The Mustangs countered to build their largest lead of the half at 30-24 4 minutes before halftime on the fourth 3-pointer of the half by Nic Moore. But UConn, after uncharacteristically missing its first five 3-point attempts, hit two in the final 4 minutes of the half. That included Boatright's with 4 seconds remaining that gave the Huskies a 33-32 lead.
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 1689-1215 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 213-84 (36-23 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 116-18 (.866) at home. He is 21-7 (.750) 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 52-45 (.536) in road games, 11-12 (.478) at SMU.
Larry Brown IN NEUTRAL SITE GAMES (NCAA): His teams are 45-21 (.682) in neutral site games. He is 4-4 (.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.
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. SMU now has 21 wins for the first time since the 1999-00 season, when the Mustangs went 21-7 in the regular season (21-9 overall). 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 10 conference wins for the first time since it had 11 in the 2002-03 season (WAC).
"AP"PROPRIATE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: The Mustangs are receiving votes in both polls this week, including 21 in the AP Poll. SMU is receiving votes in the AP poll for the fifth-straight week. Last Monday, SMU was No. 23 (205) in the AP Poll. 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. SMU also received a season-high 37 votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll last week. This week, SMU has 7 votes in the Coaches' Poll. 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).
ATTENDANCE UP: The Mustangs are averaging 5,281 so far this season, including an average of 6,717 in the eight games in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum. SMU's game against Houston marked the fifth of seven games the Mustangs have sold out this season. SMU has also recorded sellouts against Connecticut (7,166), Memphis (7,058), Temple (6,852) and Houston (6,991). The Mustangs have sold out their remaining two 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 5.1 points per game. The team is averaging 72.5 points per game with Nic Moore (14.1) and Markus Kennedy (11.7) averaging double figures.
BENCH SCORING: SMU is averaging 28.2 points 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 22 of 27 games, averaging 37.1 rebounds per game compared to their opponents' 31.0 per game. SMU is 24th in the nation and 1st in The American in rebounding margin at +6.0. The Mustangs have hauled in double-digit offensive rebounds in 17 of 27 games, including 10 of the last 16, and have had 15+ offensive rebounds 6 times this year. SMU is 3-2 when being outrebounded. 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 12.7 second chance points, outscoring their opponents in that department in 19 of 27 games this season. SMU has scored in double digits in all but 5 games in 2013-14 (at UIC, vs. USF, vs. Hofstra, at Houston, at Temple). 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 in 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 12th in the nation and 1st in The American in field-goal percentage at 49.3%.
FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 37.1% from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA). SMU has held 26 of its last 36 (20 of 27 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 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 3rd in The American and 37th in the nation in assists, entering the game averaging 15.2. The Mustangs have assisted on at least 50% of their field goals in 23 of 27 games (13 of 15) 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 14-0 at home this year, including an 8-0 mark inside the renovated Moody Coliseum. SMU is perfect at home through 14 games for the first time since the 1984-85 season (started 15-0; finished 15-1). SMU is averaging 77.3 points per game at home, and has an average scoring margin of +19.9. The Mustangs are shooting 53.2 percent in home games, and are holding opponents to 34.3 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. SMU will end the season with 7 sellouts, including each of its last 6 home games. 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 15-16 under Larry Brown in road/neutral games (11-12 road/4-4 neutral). This season, SMU is 7-6 away from home with a 5-5 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 24 of 27 games this year (at USF, at Rutgers, Houston (tied)). 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. On average, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents in the key by a count of 35.0-21.0.
RPI WATCH: The Mustangs entered the week (Feb. 17) at No. 49 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 50. SMU is 4-4 against teams in the RPI top 85, with wins over No. 14 Cincinnati, No. 25 Connecticut, No. 34 Memphis and No. 83 Wyoming. Four of the five Mustang losses have come against teams in the top 75, including three in the top 40 (at Arkansas 75, vs. Virginia 17, at Cincinnati 14, at Louisville 36).
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.
Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): Has played in all 27 games, starting 16, averaging 4.0 points and 3.4 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 27 games, averaging 5.2 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: 100 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 26 games, averaging 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 15.7 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 23 games, averaging 1.1 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 27 games, starting 13, averaging 11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.4 assists in 24.3 minutes. In conference play, averaging 12.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.6 assists. Has led (or tied the lead) SMU in scoring and rebounding in the same game 9 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% (54.6), 6th in blocked shots (1.4), 4th in rebounding (7.0) 4th in defensive rebounds (5.2). Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll three times (12/23, 1/20, 1/27)
Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Played in 26 of 27 games, starting 11, averaging 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 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 27 games, averaging 7.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 14.4 minutes. Scored in double figures 5 times in the last 9 games. Tied 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 27 games, averaging 14.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 32.1 minutes. In conference play, averaging 14.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.4 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 23 of 27 games, and has made multiple 3PT field goals in 18 of 27 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 (14.1), 11th in FG% (48.2), 4th in assists (4.6), 5th in FT% (84.4), 3rd in 3PT FG% (45.2), 4th in 3PT made (2.1), 5th in assist/turnover ratio (1.9) and 10th in minutes played (32.1) Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll seven times (11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 1/6, 2/3, 2/10 and 2/17).
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 27 games, starting 26, averaging 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.3 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), 6th in FT% (83.1), 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 27 games, starting 26, averaging 5.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 17.9 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.