MBB Looks For Season Sweep Of Houston; Plays At UH Saturday At 7pm
Feb. 23, 2012
SMU Mustangs (12-16, 3-10 C-USA)
SMU visits Houston on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs won the first matchup of the season 70-54 in Dallas on Jan. 18. The in-state rivals are meeting for the 69th time with Houston leading 43-25, but SMU has won three of the last four matchups. Overall, SMU is looking for a second straight win after a 64-50 home-triumph against Tulane on Wednesday.
Robert Nyakundi leads C-USA in 3-point percentage at 41.7% (65-156) (28th NCAA) and ranks second in threes made (2.5), 10th in scoring (14.8) and fourth in free throw percentage (.812). He led C-USA and was second in the NCAA in 3-point percentage last season (.497). He could become just the second person to lead C-USA in 3FG percentage two times. Drake Diener of DePaul led the league in 2003-04 (.459) and 2004-05 (.462).
London Giles is second for SMU at 10.9 points while shooting 37.6% on threes (7th C-USA). Giles is making 1.7 3FG per game (10th C-USA) and is shooting 81.5% on free throws. Giles also leads SMU with 1.2 steals per game (T-12th C-USA). Jeremiah Samarrippas is averaging 6.9 points while ranking fifth in C-USA with 4.1 assists per game and fifth in in the league at 1.7 assists per turnover.
Giles leads a group of newcomers that are contributing this season. Three of the top five scorers for SMU are playing in their first season for the Mustangs. Giles, a junior (transfer from Nevada), is second at 10.9 points, freshman Jalen Jones is third at 8.3 points and sophomore Shawn Williams (transfer from Texas) is fifth at 6.2 points.
As a team, SMU ranks first in C-USA and 24th in the NCAA in scoring defense (59.7). That would set a new SMU record for the second straight season after SMU held opponents to 61.3 points per game in 2010-11. On offense, the Mustangs have made 207 3-pointers, which is third in a season at SMU. The 7.4 threes per game leads C-USA and ranks 68th in the NCAA.
THE SERIES VS. HOUSTON (25-43): SMU and Houston are meeting for the 69th time with UH holding a 43-25 lead. The in-state rivals are also meeting for the 55th time in a league game. The teams spent 21 years together in the Southwest Conference, are in their seventh season as C-USA opponents and will both move to the Big East in July of 2013. The Mustangs topped the Cougars, 70-54, at Moody Coliseum on Jan. 18 behind London Giles who scored a then-career-high 16 points and tied a career-high with five 3-pointers. Robert Nyakundi added 15 points and Shawn Williams and Jalen Jones 11 each for SMU. The teams split the season series last year, each winning on the road. The Mustangs earned their first win at Houston in over a decade with a convincing 65-51 win on Feb. 16, but Houston edged SMU 70-68 at Moody Coliseum on Jan. 15, 2011. Before the teams became C-USA opponents, SMU won three straight including the two non-conference meetings that occurred between the breakup of the Southwest Conference and becoming C-USA opponents. The teams spent 21 seasons in the SWC with the Mustangs trailing 28-14, but SMU does hold an all-time 6-5 edge in tournament play: 2-1 in NCAA Tournament action and 4-3 in SWC Tournament games. SMU is 0-1 against the Cougars in the C-USA Tournament. The two met in the last SWC Tournament at Reunion Arena in Dallas with SMU scoring a 62-57 win over the Cougars in 1996. The Ponies won NCAA Regional matchups in 1956 and 1965, but lost in 1967. The eighth-ranked Mustangs won 89-76 and over 17th-ranked Houston in the 1956 NCAA Tournament. SMU eventually advanced to the 1956 Final Four.
LAST GAME VS. HOUSTON: (W, 70-54 at SMU on Jan. 18): DALLAS (AP) -- London Giles scored 16 points and tied a career-high with five 3-pointers to lead SMU to a 70-54 win against Houston. Robert Nyakundi added 15 points and Shawn Williams and Jalen Jones 11 each for SMU (10-8, 2-2 C-USA). Joseph Young and Kirk Van Slyke scored 11 points each for the Cougars (9-9, 1-4). Young's 3-pointer got Houston within 53-47 with 8:13 remaining, but SMU went on a 10-0 run. Jones had four points and Williams hit a 3-pointer during the surge, and the Cougars got no closer than 11 the rest of the way.
LAST GAME (W, 64-50 vs. Tulane on Feb. 22): DALLAS (AP) -- London Giles scored 17 points to help SMU get a 64-50 victory over Tulane. Leslee Smith had 11 rebounds, and Jeremiah Samarrippas had 7 assists for SMU (12-16, 3-10 C-USA). Robert Nyakundi, leading the conference with 41.7 3-point percentage, improved on that by going 3 of 6 from long range for nine points. Ricky Tarrant's 21 points led Tulane (15-12, 3-10). Josh Davis had 11 rebounds. SMU shot 53.5% (23-43) to Tulane's 28.9% (13-45). It was the 21st tim this season SMU held its opponent to 65 or fewer points. SMU, which never trailed, split the season series after Tulane won 80-74 on Jan. 25.
HEAD COACH Matt Doherty...is in his 11th season as a head coach and his sixth season at SMU. This is his 21st season in collegiate coaching with 11 postseason appearances, eight NCAA Tournaments, seven conference titles, a Final Four appearance and the 2001 AP National Coach of the Year award. He also has 22 players that have gone to the NBA. SMU's 2011 CIT run was Matt Doherty's fourth postseason as a head coach. He has a 10-4 record in two NITs, an NCAA appearance and the 2011 CIT. He has a 169-177 career record including a 79-106 mark on the Hilltop.
BIG EAST: Dec. 7, 2011 - SMU accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST Conference in all sports, President R. Gerald Turner announced, fulfilling the University's goal to join a Bowl Championship Series Automatic Qualifier (BCS-AQ) conference, a standard of excellence in college athletics today. SMU, Houston and the UCF accepted full membership into the BIG EAST while Boise State and San Diego State will compete as members in the sport of football. The BIG EAST Conference Board of Directors, by a unanimous vote of its Presidents, extended the invitations for membership. SMU, Houston and UCF will begin competing in all BIG EAST-sponsored sports in the 2013-14 academic year, while Boise State and San Diego State will start competing in football in the 2013 season.
Rodney Clinkscales: Team captain...Played 23 games (3 starts)...Averaging 3.1 points and 1.1 rebounds ...16-48 (.333) on 3FGs...15-16 (.938) on FTs...Missed games 2-4 with a right heel injury...2010-11: played 34 games with 5 starts...averaged 4.8 points, 0.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists...had 7 games with 10+ points and 5 games with 15+points.
Cannen Cunningham: Played 27 (3 starts)...Averaging 3.4 points and 3.0 rebounds with a team-high 16 blocked shots...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Had 18 points and 7 rebounds vs. Georgia Southern 11/27...Had 17 points and 9 rebounds vs. Fresno State in his first career start 11/15.
KEVIN DUNLEAVY: Played in 3 games...has 1 rebound.
London Giles - ALL-C-USA CANDIDATE: Played in 27 games (25 starts)...Averaging 10.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals (T-12th C-USA) and 1.3 assists...37.6% 3FGs (47-125) (7th C-USA), 1.7 3FGs per game (10th C-USA), 81.5% FTs (53-65)...C-USA GAMES: 9.6 points, 34.5% on 3FGs (19-55), 1.6 3FGs per game (15th C-USA)...2010-11: Sat out due to transfer after playing two seasons at Nevada.
Jalen Jones: Played in 28 games (18 starts)...Averaging 8.3 points and 3.4 rebounds...has 22 steals and 19 assists...has 12 games with 10+ points...C-USA GAMES: Averaging 9.2 points and 3.2 rebounds with 6 blocked shots...REBOUNDS: his 10 rebounds vs. Georgia Southern 11/27 was the first 10+rebound game by an SMU freshman since Papa Dia had 13 vs. Southern 11/10/07.
Ryan Manuel: Played in 28 games...Averaging 3.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists...55.1% FGs (27-49)...GAME-WINNER: Had the steal and game-winning fastbreak layup in the 65-64 win vs. Florida Gulf Coast on 11/19.
Eric Norman: Played in 8 games, averaging 3.1 minutes...Has 1 point, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a block.
Robert Nyakundi - ALL-C-USA CANDIDATE: Team captain...Played and started 27 games (missed the game at East Carolina 2/1 - hamstring)...Averaging 14.6 points (10th C-USA), 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals...shooting 47.2% FGs (12th C-USA, 106th NCAA), 42.0% 3FGs (68-162) (1st C-USA, 28th NCAA) and 81.2% FTs (56-69) (4th C-USA)...2.5 3FGs per game (2nd C-USA, 68th NCAA)...C-USA GAMES: Averaging 13.1 points (14th C-USA), 42.1% on FGs (15th C-USA), 36.1% on 3FGs (8th C-USA), 2.2 3FGs per game (6th C-USA), 1.4 steals (7th C-USA)...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Scored 26 points, (10-14 FG, 4-6 3FG, 2-2 FT) at Tulane 1/25...Had 20 points (7-14 FG, 3-6 3FG, 3-3 FT) and a career-high 11 rebounds with 3 steals vs. Oklahoma State 12/28...Tied career-high 29 points (8-13 FG, 5-9 3FG, 8-9 FT) (24 pts in 2nd half) in win at SEMO 12/19...Team-high 27 points (8-9 FG, 4-5 3FG, 7-9 FT) in win vs. UAPB 11/22...SMU CAREER RANKINGS: 3rd in 3FG (251), 2nd in 3FG percentage (43.7, 251-574), 2nd in FT percentage (85.7, 174-203), 18th in points (1287)...SMU MILESTONES: He became the 36th member of the 1000-point club, hitting the mark on the second of two free throws with 15 seconds remaining in the 55-49 win vs. Georgia Southern 11/27...He became the 41st Mustang to play in 100 games, reaching the mark in the 69-63 OT win at UALR 12/4...PRESEASON HONORS: Selected Preseason All-C-USA second team by the league's coaches...Also tabbed the Best Shooter in C-USA by The Sporting News and was selected Preseason All-C-USA second team by Lindy's Sports Annuals...2010-11: Selected Third-Team All-C-USA with 14.3 points (11th C-USA) while setting C-USA and SMU records from 3-point range...led C-USA and was second in the NCAA at 49.7% (97-195) on 3FGs...set the C-USA record by hitting 54.3% on 3FGs (44-81) in league play...His 97 threes set the SMU record while his average of 2.8 made per game was second in C-USA and 34th in the NCAA...also tied the SMU record by hitting 90.0% (72-80) on FTs.
Aliaksei Patsevich: Played in 28 games (13 starts)...Averaging 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds...has 25 assists and 15 steals...GAME HIGHLIGHT: Had 10 points including 4 in the final 28 seconds in the 68-62 win vs. TCU 2/8...2010-11: Played the last 16 games...totaled 24 points, 8 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists and 2 blocks...hit 33.3% on 3FGs (5-15)
Nick Russell: Sitting out following transfer from Kansas State.
Jeremiah Samarrippas - ALL-C-USA CANDIDATE: Team captain...Played and started 27 games (missed at Rice 2/11 - ankle)...Averaging 6.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists (5th C-USA, 132nd NCAA), 1.7 ast/to ratio (112 ast/65 to) (5th C-USA, 151st NCAA), 1.0 steals, 84.2% FTs (32-38)...has 5+ assists 12 times...C-USA GAMES: 7.8 points, 3.8 assists (7th C-USA), 1.3 steals (9th C-USA), 31.6% 3FGs (12-38), 1.4 ast/to ratio (46 ast/33 to) (9th C-USA)...BUZZER-BEATER: Hit a 20-foot step-back jumper from the top of the key as time expired for the 57-55 win at Tulsa 1/7...POINTS/ASSISTS DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Had 12 points and 11 assists at Tulane 1/25 (first since 12 pts, 10 ast by Derek Williams in 65-43 win vs. UCF 1/27/2010)...INJURY: Missed the game at Rice 2/11 (right ankle sprain) 2010-11: played in all 35 games with 30 starts...averaged 7.4 points and 3.4 assists with a 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio (120 ast / 82 to)...shot 42.1% on FGs and 38.5% on 3FGs...had 10+ points 10 times, 5+ assists 8 times and 3+ steals 8 times...led the team in assists 15 times and in steals 16 times.
Leslee Smith: Played 21 games (2 starts)...Averaging 4.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists...17 steals...REBOUNDS: Had 12 rebounds in the 84-65 win at SEMO 12.19, the most by a freshman since Papa Dia had 13 vs. Southern on Nov. 10, 2007...INJURY: Missed the first 7 games while rehabilitating from torn right ACL (suffered in March 2011)...2010-11: Sat out last season
Ricmonds Vilde: Played 15 games (5 starts)...Averaging 1.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and has 13 assists...2010-11: Redshirt.
Jordan Walker: Played in 3 games...has 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
Shawn Williams: Team captain...Played in 19 games (17 starts)...Averaging 6.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.2 assists...2010-11: Enrolled at SMU on Jan. 11, 2011, after transferring from Texas...2009-10 (Freshman at Texas): played in 7 of UT's first 8 games, averaging 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in 5.6 minutes per contest ... suffered a left ankle injury against Texas State (Dec. 12) and missed the remainder of the season.
MILESTONES: (complete lists on bio pages)
SMU Career Games: Robert Nyakundi T-7th 119
SMU Career Starts: Robert Nyakundi T-13th 87
SMU Career Points: Robert Nyakundi 18th 1287
SMU Career FT%: Robert Nyakundi is 2nd 85.7 (174-203) (1st Eric Longino 88.4 (99-112), 3rd Charles Beasley 83.9 (270-322))
10+points: London Giles 2 (17, 17)
8+ rebounds: Leslee Smith (11)
5+ assists: Jeremiah Samarrippas (7)
Preseason All-Conference USA - C-USA Coaches: Robert Nyakundi (Second Team)
Preseason All-Conference USA - Lindy's: Robert Nyakundi (Second Team)
Best Shooter in C-USA - The Sporting News: Robert Nyakundi
HONORS: 2010-11 (Returnees Only)
All C-USA: Robert Nyakundi (3rd Team)
SMU Invitational All-Tournament Team: Robert Nyakundi
7 FROM DALLAS: The Mustangs have 7 players from the Dallas area: Cannen Cunningham (Arlington), London Giles (Dallas), Jalen Jones (Dallas), Robert Nyakundi (Arlington), Nick Russell (Duncanville), Jordan Walker (Arlington) and Shawn Williams (Duncanville).
10 NEW UNIFORMS: The Mustangs have 10 newcomers on gameday. SMU had four players that sat out last season; transfers London Giles (Nevada) and Shawn Williams (Texas) as well as redshirt seasons for Leslee Smith and Ricmonds Vilde. SMU also adds 6 freshmen in Cannen Cunningham, Kevin Dunleavy, Jalen Jones, Ryan Manuel, Eric Norman and Jordan Walker. Nick Russell transferred from Kansas State is sitting out.
BALANCE: SMU has had 8 different people record a double-digit scoring game and 5 different players lead the team in scoring.
DEFENSE-DEFENSE: SMU is allowing 59.7 (1st C-USA, 24th NCAA) points per game...Last season, SMU led C-USA and was 23rd in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing an SMU-record 61.3 points per game.
DOWN TO THE WIRE: The Mustangs have played 10 games this year that were one possession games in the final minute...SMU is 4-6 in those games, including a 1-2 mark in overtime games.
FG PERCENTAGE: The Mustangs are 66-29 (.695) when shooting when shooting a higher percentage than their opponent under Matt Doherty...SMU is 6-4 this season and went 18-6 when shooting better last season.
FREE THROWS: SMU is hitting 67.5% on FTs this season (8th C-USA)...Robert Nyakundi is 4th in C-USA (81.2%)...Last season, SMU led C-USA and was 38th in the NCAA in FT percentage (.742)...Robert Nyakundi was 3rd in C-USA and tied the SMU record (.900).
FREE THROW ATTEMPTS: The Mustangs are 5-1 this season when getting at least 10 more FTAs than their opponent...SMU is 29-8 when doing so under Matt Doherty....SMU is 7-2 this year when getting at least 20 FTAs.
HOME SWEET HOME: SMU is 8-5 at Moody Coliseum this season and 22-10 in the last 32 games at Moody...The Mustangs went 15-7 at home last season, tying for the most home wins in program history. SMU went 15-1 at Moody Coliseum in 1984-85...SMU is also 15-2 in the last 17 non-conference games in Moody Coliseum.
LONG RANGE: SMU has made 207 3FGs (3rd in a season at SMU) and averages 7.4 3FGs per game (1st C-USA, 68th NCAA)...Last season, SMU led C-USA (33rd NCAA) in 3-point field goals per game (7.9) and set an SMU record with 277 3-pointers.
STEALING A ROAD WIN: In the 57-55 win at Tulsa on Jan. 7, SMU was plus-9 in steals (11-2). That was the highest difference sin a plus-10 (15-5) against San Jose St. in a 66-46 win on Feb. 10, 2005.
NEXT LEVEL: In the last three years, six SMU players have gone on to play professionally. Papa Dia signed a 2-year contract in Croatia beginning with the 2011-12 season. Four were drafted into the NBA D-League: Bamba Fall (Reno Bighorns in 2010), Mouhammad Faye (Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2010), Derek Williams (Texas Legends in 2011) and Collin Mangrum (Texas Legends in 2011). Fall is playing in Estonia this season while Faye is in France. Williams previously spent the 2010-11 season playing in Latvia. Myles Luttman signed with a team in Iceland in January of 2012.
WORLD-CLASS FACILITY: The new Crum Basketball Center at SMU is a world-class training center. The 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks used the Crum Center for their 2008, 2009 and 2010 training camps. Several other NBA teams have used the facility when they are in town to play the Mavericks.
1. Chicago Bulls 2. Cleveland Cavaliers 3. Dallas Mavericks 4. Denver Nuggets 5. Detroit Pistons 6. Indiana Pacers 7. Golden State Warriors 8. New Orleans Hornets 9. Philadelphia 76ers 10. San Antonio Spurs 11. Utah JazzCLINKSCALES NAMED CAPTAIN (Dec. 4): SMU men's basketball coach Matt Doherty named Rodney Clinkscales as a team captain on Saturday. Clinkscales joins Robert Nyakundi, Jeremiah Samarrippas and Shawn Williams as team captains for the 2011-12 season.
INFINITI CHARITY CHALLENGE: SMU head coach Matt Doherty is one of 48 college basketball coaches in this year's "Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge." Doherty's charity is the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. Fan participation will determine the ultimate winner over an eight-week period beginning January 18th. Fans can vote for Doherty by registering and voting on www.ESPN.com/Infiniti. A $100,000 donation will go to the winning coach's designated charity. For the first six weeks, four brackets of 12 coaches will be paired against each other, with the winners from each group moving onto the next round in week seven and the final round in week eight. Fans can vote for up to four coaches per day. The winning coach will be announced March 9, 2012.
THREE FUTURE MUSTANGS SIGN FOR 2012-13: SMU Head Coach Matt Doherty announced that three student-athletes have signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play for the Mustangs beginning with the 2012-13 season. The class includes Brian Bernardi, a three-star 6-3 guard from Xaverian High School in New York, N.Y.; Blaise Mbargorba, a 7-0 center that is an ESPNU Top-100 signee from The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey; and Uche Ofoegbu, a three-star 6-6 forward from John Paul Stevens in San Antonio. "This is a fantastic recruiting class," says Doherty. "I am excited about the quality of these young men. This class will excel in our system and add to the foundation that we have built. This will translate into success for years to come." Brian Bernardi - G, 6-3, 180 (New York, N.Y. - Xaverian HS) Blaise Mbargorba - C, 7-0, 230 (Hightstown, N.J. - The Peddie School) Uche Ofoegbu - F, 6-6, 200 (San Antonio, Texas - John Paul Stevens)
SILVER ANNIVERSARY MUSTANG (SAM AWARD): SMU alumnus Jim Johnston was honored with the 2011 Silver Anniversary Mustang Award at halftime of the Jan. 28 men's basketball game against Tulsa. Johnston lettered in football at SMU in 1966, 1968 and 1969. A standout defensive tackle, Johnston was a key component in the 1968 Bluebonnet Bowl victory over Oklahoma. Johnston earned a BBA Degree in 1970 and an MBA Degree in 1971 from SMU while serving as a Graduate Assistant Coach for the football team. Since graduation, Johnston has remained involved on the Hilltop, having served as Chairman of the Board for the Mustang Club, the Lettermen's Association, the Planned Giving Counsel and the Athletics Hall of Fame. Away from the Hilltop, Johnston has had a 40-year career in Dallas banking, has served as Chairman of the Board for both Goodwill Industries of Dallas and the Arthritis Foundation of North Texas and served on the Board for the Boy Scouts/Circle Ten Council and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, among others.
2010-11: The Mustangs entered the season following their most successful campaign in more than a decade. SMU recorded its first 20-win season and first postseason bid since 1999-2000; finishing 20-15 and advancing to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) semifinal. SMU also had its most wins in Conference USA (8) while leading the league in field goal percentage (.482, 7th NCAA), 3-point percentage (.394, 13th NCAA) and free throw percentage (.742, 38th NCAA). The Mustangs tied the SMU record with 15 home wins at Moody Coliseum (15-1 in 1984-85). SMU also made a team-record 277 3-pointers last year.
Robert Nyakundi Named Preseason All-Conference USA: Senior Robert Nyakundi was selected Preseason All-C-USA second team by the league's coaches. The forward was also tabbed the Best Shooter in C-USA by The Sporting News and was selected Preseason All-C-USA second team by Lindy's Sports Annuals. In 2010, Nyakundi was selected Third-Team All-C-USA as he averaged 14.3 points (11th C-USA) while setting C-USA and SMU records from 3-point range. Nyakundi led C-USA and was second in the NCAA at 49.7 percent (97-195) from beyond the arc. He set the C-USA record by hitting 54.3 percent on 3-pointers (44-81) during league play. His 97 threes set the SMU record while his average of 2.8 made per game was second in C-USA and 34th in the NCAA. Nyakundi also tied the SMU record by hitting 90.0 percent (72-80) at the line.
SMU Hosts Dallas Classic At Ellis Davis Fieldhouse On Dec. 15: As part of SMU's ongoing effort to strengthen its relationship with the city, Dallas' hometown team, the Mustangs hosted a game at the Dallas Independent School District's Ellis Davis Fieldhouse on Dec. 15. SMU played Jackson State in the non-conference matchup, falling 59-58. The Mustangs play at three venues in Dallas this season. The Showcase vs. Oklahoma State is at American Airlines Center on Dec. 28, the inaugural Dallas Classic at Ellis Davis Fieldhouse on Dec. 15, and a full slate of home games at historic Moody Coliseum. Ten of the top 22 scorers in SMU history are from the Dallas area; including Jeryl Sasser (Kimball HS), Quinton Ross (Kimball HS) and Ira Terrell (Roosevelt HS). Sasser is SMU's all-time leading scorer with 1,992 points. --- "SMU is Dallas' team, and this is a great way to embrace that relationship," said SMU A.D. Steve Orsini. "We appreciate the city's support in all our efforts and are very happy to be taking this game off campus for our south Dallas fans." --- "The Mustangs and the city of Dallas have rich basketball histories and this event will help bring those two traditions together," says SMU head coach Matt Doherty." We have seven student-athletes on our roster from the Dallas area and this is a way to show our commitment to the community."
Moody Coliseum Renovation And Expansion Project Receives $20 Million from Moody Foundation plus $10 Million from David & Carolyn Miller: Two lead gifts - a $20 million gift from the Moody Foundation and a $10 million commitment from SMU trustee David B. Miller '72, '73 and his wife Carolyn Lacy Miller - will help provide an extensive expansion and renovation of Moody Coliseum. Moody Coliseum is a campus and Dallas landmark that is home to the pageantry of SMU Commencement as well as numerous speaking, athletics and community events such as concerts and high school graduations. The project will feature new premium seating as well as courtside retractable seating designated for students and renovation of the entry lobby and concourses. Technology improvements will include new video boards, scoreboards, sound system, broadcast capabilities and heating and cooling systems. In addition, office suites, restrooms and locker rooms will be upgraded. Additional donors will be sought for the $40 million project.
NCAA SELECTION: SMU Director of Athletics Steve Orsini is a member of the Division I Men's Basketball Committee, receiving a five-year appointment that began Sept. 1, 2010. The 10-member committee consists of athletics directors and commissioners of Division I member institutions and conferences, and oversees administration of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, including the selection, seeding and bracketing of teams for the tournament. The committee is the primary NCAA contact with CBS Sports, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and other key basketball organizations. Committee members oversee selected preliminary round sites, as well as the Final Four, and assign officiating crews for each game of the championship. The committee also serves as stewards for the good of the game, monitoring and taking action as appropriate regarding issues affecting college basketball.
DICK'S SPORTING GOODS NIT SEASON TIP-OFF: The SMU men's basketball team participated in the 2011 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. The Mustangs played in the West Regional in Stanford, Calif. SMU lost 75-56 to Colorado State and 54-52 against Fresno State. The Mustangs then went to Tulsa for the consolation rounds, losing 62-56 to host Oral Roberts before a 64-55 win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. This was SMU's third appearance in the Preseason NIT. The last was at the start of the 1998-99 season.
MUSTANGS SELECTED IN NBA D-LEAGUE DRAFT: Former SMU men's basketball standouts Collin Mangrum and Derek Williams were selected in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft on Thursday. Both were selected by the Texas Legends with Williams going in the seventh round and Mangrum being called in the eighth round. It is the second straight year two Mustangs have been selected as Mouhammad Faye and Bamba Fall were picked in the 2010 draft.
Kenny Smith Speaks At SMU Basketball Tip-Off Dinner: The SMU men's basketball team hosted its sixth annual Tip-Off Dinner at the Park Cities Hilton Ballroom on Oct. 13. TNT analyst and two-time NBA champion Kenny Smith served as the keynote speaker. Smith is the sixth member of an elite list of speakers for the event following SMU great Jon Koncak (2006), television commentating legend Bill Raftery (2007), prominent coach and analyst Fran Fraschilla (2008), ESPN college basketball analyst Hubert Davis (2009) and NFL Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin (2010).
SMU's Matt Doherty Joins Coaches vs. Cancer to Call for Increased Cancer Research Funding: Coach Matt Doherty teamed with cancer advocates to urge Congress to protect federal funding for cancer research and prevention programs. The coaches led a Capitol Hill rally on Sept. 27, to emphasize that the federal investment in cancer research, prevention and early detection programs is vitally important to helping people prevent and fight the disease. Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The more than 2,000 college basketball coaches have raised nearly $50 million since its inception. --- Participants were: Coach Matt Brown (Missouri-Kansas City); Coach Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh); Coach Matt Doherty (SMU); Coach Paul Hewitt (George Mason); John Seffrin, PhD, CEO, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network; Christopher W. Hansen, president, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
SMU's Gerald Lewis Inducted Into St. Martin's Episcopal School Hall Of Fame: Men's basketball Director of Operations and SMU alum, Gerald Lewis, was inducted into the St. Martin's Episcopal School (New Orleans) Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 30. Lewis is a 1989 graduate of St. Martin's and a 1993 graduate of SMU. Lewis scored 1,243 points. As a senior, he averaged 23.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 5.0 steals. As a junior and senior, he was all-state, all-district, and all-metro. At SMU, he was first team All-SWC in 1993, leading SMU to the SWC regular season title and an NCAA berth. His senior season, he became one of only eight players in NCAA history to record three triple-doubles and set the SMU single-season mark for steals (79). He played professionally for six years in Croatia where he was a five-time All-Star including MVP in the 1996 All-Star game.
SMU IN THE POSTSEASON: Last season, SMU played in its 14th postseason tournament, advancing to the semifinal of the CIT. SMU has made 10 NCAA championships (1955, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1993), two NIT appearances (1986, 2000) and a Collegiate Commissioners Association Invitational (1974). The three wins in the 2011 postseason tied the program record (3 wins in 1956 NCAA Final Four season). The 64-57 overtime win against Oral Roberts on March 16 in the opening round of the CIT marked the Mustangs' first postseason win since defeating Notre Dame 83-75 in the first round of the 1988 NCAA Championship in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Mustangs were a No. 7 seed and Notre Dame was a No. 10 seed in the East Region. SMU is 12-16 all-time in postseason play.
DOHERTY IN THE POSTSEASON: SMU's 2011 CIT run was Matt Doherty's fourth postseason as a head coach. He has a 10-4 record in two NITs, an NCAA appearance and the 2011 CIT. He led Notre Dame to the NIT championship game in 2000, took North Carolina to the NCAA second round in 2001, and then led UNC to the NIT quarterfinal round in 2003. SMU made the 2011 CIT semifinal. He made seven NCAA trips as an assistant coach at Kansas, including the 1993 Final Four.