[23/24] SMU Hosts UCF Saturday At 3 PM CT On ESPNews

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Feb. 27, 2014

 [23/24] SMU (22-6, 11-4 American) vs. UCF (11-15, 3-12 American)
 Date & Tip Time  Saturday, March 1 at 3 p.m. CT
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 Location  Moody Coliseum (7,000) - Dallas, Texas
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The Last Meeting
SMU58
UCF (ESPNews)46
January 18, 2014
Orlando, Fla.
SMU Wins On The Road At UCF, 58-46
Markus Kennedy had 15 points and eight rebounds and SMU used a second-half run to defeat Central Florida 58-46 on Saturday.


[23/24] SMU (22-6, 11-4 American) begins a two-game homestand against UCF (11-15, 3-12) on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT on ESPNews. The Mustangs are ranked in the AP Poll for the second time this season. SMU is coming off a 64-55 win at then-No. 21/21 UConn, its fourth win over a ranked team this year (4-1). Saturday's game is the sixth of seven sellouts this season, the most in Moody Coliseum history. The Mustangs are 14-0 at home, including an 8-0 mark in the renovated Moody Coliseum. The game is SMU's first home game as a ranked team since March 9, 1985.

On Feb. 27, head coach Larry Brown was named a National Coach of the Year finalist by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. In just his second year on the Hilltop, Brown and the Mustangs have posted the top NCAA RPI turnaround from 2012-13 (213) to 2013-14 (36), improving their mark 177 spots.

SMU has 22 wins for the sixth time in program history, and the first time since the Mustangs recorded 28 victories in 1987-88. SMU has 11 conference victories for the first time since it had 11 in the 2002-03 season (WAC).

The Mustangs are second in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st American), holding opponents to 36.8%. The Mustang defense is allowing just 61.4 points per game, 19th in the NCAA (2nd American). SMU has held 27 of its last 37 (21 of 28 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU has outrebounded 22 of 28 opponents this season. On offense, SMU is leading the conference in field-goal percentage, shooting 49.3% (11th NCAA). The Mustangs are also shooting 36.6% from beyond the arc, third in the conference. SMU is third in the league in assists per game at 15.1 (40th NCAA), and is averaging 72.2 points per game. Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored 25 of 28 opponents in the paint by an average of 34.6-20.8.

SMU is ranked in both polls for the first time in program history, receiving 155 votes (No. 23) in the AP Poll and a season-high 57 votes in the Coaches' Poll (No. 24). Both appearances in the AP Poll have been in the No. 23 spot. SMU also cracked the USA Today Coaches' Poll Top 25 for the first time in program history. SMU is receiving votes in the AP poll for the sixth-straight week and the USA Today Coaches' Poll for the fifth-straight week. The Mustangs enter the week (Feb. 24) at No. 36 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 40. SMU is 5-4 against teams in the RPI top 85. The Mustangs are currently third in the American Athletic Conference standings, and have clinched a first-round bye in the conference tournament.

Nic Moore was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for the fourth-straight week on Monday (2/24), averaging 15.5 points and 4.0 assists. Moore has been named to the Honor Roll eight times this season (Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24). 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, 64-55 AT CONNECTICUT ON FEB. 23): STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Nick Russell and Nic Moore each scored 15 points to lead SMU to a 64-55 win Sunday over No. 21 UConn and a sweep of their season series with the Huskies. Markus Kennedy added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Mustangs (22-6, 11-4 American), who have won 11 of their last 13 games. Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier combined to shoot 8 for 28 for Connecticut (21-6, 9-5), but each had 15 points. The Huskies had won four in a row and 10 of 12. The Mustangs never trailed. They led by two at halftime, but extended that to 10 points midway through the second half. The Huskies cut the lead to 55-49 on a 3-pointer by Napier, but Sterling Brown answered with a 3-pointer and SMU held on down the stretch. The Mustang defense held UConn to 16 baskets and just under 30 percent shooting from the floor. Neither team could find the basket early. The first points came more than four minutes into the game on a layup by Kennedy. The teams were a combined 0 for 7 with eight turnovers before that. It was 7-0 when before Philip Nolan gave UConn its first points on a layup more than six minutes into the contest. Kennedy had eight first-half points and the Mustangs. But SMU never led by more than seven and UConn tied the game at 25 with under a minute to play. The Mustangs extended the lead to 44-34, holding the Huskies without a field goal for eight minutes between Napier's layups. SMU, which is seeking its first berth to the NCAA Tournament since 1993, also has wins over No. 22 Memphis and No. 7 Cincinnati in conference play. But the Mustangs fell out of the Top 25 after losing last week at Temple. The Mustangs already have more wins this season than any SMU team since the 1999-00. They improved to 4-4 in league play on the road and are 7-0 at home. UConn honored its first of its three men's national championship teams at halftime, putting a plaque on its "Wall of Honor" for the 1999 champs. Khalid El-Amin, the point guard on that team, also was honored with an individual plaque. UConn hit 6 of 21 shots from 3-point range, but now has 194 on the season, three more than the Huskies had all of last year. It doesn't get much easier for SMU, which faces Central Florida next, but still has games left with No. 11 Louisville and at No. 22 Memphis before the American tournament. Connecticut also faces two ranked teams in its final three regular-season games, hosting No. 7 Cincinnati next Saturday and closing the season at Louisville. UP NEXT: SMU will wrap-up its two-game homestand on Wednesday, when the Mustangs host Louisville in their seventh sellout in the renovated Moody Coliseum. Tip for the March 5 game is 6 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network. Seniors Shawn Williams and Nick Russell will be honored prior to the game.

THE SERIES VS. UCF (4-6): This is the 11th meeting between the two schools with UCF holding a 6-4 advantage. UCF holds a 5-4 edge in regular season games, including a 74-65 win in Florida on Jan. 6, 2013. The Knights' victory in 2012 marked the first time in series history in which the home team did not win. SMU answered that with a win in the first meeting of the season in Orlando. SMU is 3-1 against UCF in Dallas.

LAST MEETING VS. UCF (W, 58-46 AT UCF ON JAN. 18, 2014): ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Markus Kennedy had 15 points and eight rebounds and SMU used a second-half run to defeat UCF 58-46 on Saturday. SMU (13-4, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) used a 19-5 run in the second half to slip away from UCF (9-7, 1-4). It was the Mustangs third win in their last four games. That burst helped SMU overcome a forgettable first half when they shot just 32 percent (8 of 25) and turned the ball over 10 times. SMU shot 56 percent in the second half and limited themselves to six giveaways. Nic Moore added 11 points for the Mustangs to compliment Kennedy's performance. Tristan Spurlock was the only UCF player to reach double figures, scoring 11 points. The Knights, who lost their third straight game, got nine points from Daiquan Walker. They played nearly all the second half without their best player, Isaiah Sykes, who suffered a head injury after a collision under the basket with 18:22 left in the game. UCF had more turnovers (19) than field goals (15) in the game and shot just 31.3 percent (15 of 48) for the game. Neither team led by more than four points until SMU took advantage of three straight UCF turnovers to score six unanswered points and take a 41-34 lead with 10 minutes left in the game. After a free throw by UCF's Staphon Blair, Kennedy made a layup, Moore hit a 3-pointer and Kennedy ended the next possession with a thunderous dunk as the Mustangs started pulling away. UCF didn't score a field goal for more than 10 minutes, getting its only points on free throws from Blair, Spurlock and Kasey Wilson. The Knights went 0 of 10 during that stretch and committed five turnovers. By the time Steven Haney ended the drought with a 3-pointer, there was just 1:44 left in the game and UCF was down 54-42.

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 1690-1215 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 214-84 (37-23 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.
- 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: Feb. 1: [17/16] Duke (Krzyzewski) at [2/2] Syracuse (Boeheim) (Syracuse wins 91-89 OT)
Feb. 20: [5/6] Duke (Krzyzewski) at [RV/RV] North Carolina (Williams) (UNC wins 74-66)
Feb. 22: [1/1] Syracuse (Boeheim) at [5/6] Duke (Krzyzewski) (Duke wins 66-60)
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 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 53-45 (.541) in road games, 12-12 (.500) 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.
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 3-0 J4 at SMU (W, 74-65), F23 at UCONN (W, 64-55) - (W, 80-66 at SMU, 12/30/1965)
Houston 27-46 J26 at UH (W, 75-68), F19 at SMU (W, 68-64) - (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 1-3 F6 at SMU (W, 75-52), F16 at TU (L, 71-64) - (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. [1] San Francisco L, 68-86 in NCAA Semifinal
12/11/1958 at [3] Kentucky L, 60-72
12/10/1966 UTEP L, 62-71
12/8/1973 at [1] UCLA L, 60-77
1/9/1989 at [20] Kansas L, 82-90 (2OT)
12/8/1994 [3] Arkansas L, 66-78
1/12/2014 at [12/8] Louisville L, 63-71
3/5/2014 Louisville

TEAM NOTES: AWARDS:
- National Team of the Week
ESPN & NBC Sports (Feb. 10 after 76-55 win over then-7/7 Cincinnati)
- USBWA Henry Iba National Coach of the Year - Larry Brown named 1 of 10 finalists for
Larry Brown named 1 of 10 finalists (Feb. 27)
- 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
Nic Moore (Feb. 17) - 18.0 pts, 4.5 asts
Nic Moore (Feb. 24) - 15.5 pts, 4.0 asts in 2-0 week, including win at 21/21 Connecticut
- Corpus Christi Challenge 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. SMU now has 22 wins for the first time since the 1987-88 season, when the Mustangs went 24-6 in the regular season (28-7 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 11 conference wins for the first time since the 2002-03 season (WAC).

"AP"PROPRIATE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: The Mustangs are ranked in both polls for the first time in program history (No. 23/24), thanks to its first appearance in the USA Today Coaches' Poll on Monday (Feb. 24). SMU is receiving votes in the AP poll for the sixth-straight week. The Mustangs are No. 23 in the AP Poll for the second time this season. SMU has a 4-1 (3-0 at home) record against top-25 teams, including a 64-55 win at No. 21/21 Connecticut on Feb. 23. Prior to this season, SMU's last appearance in the AP Poll came on March 12, 1985, when the Mustangs were No. 20. 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 UCF marks the sixth 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), Cincinnati (7,278) and Houston (6,991). The Mustangs have also sold out their March 5 game against Louisville, 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 72.2 points per game with Nic Moore (14.2) and Markus Kennedy (11.7) averaging double figures.

BENCH SCORING: SMU is averaging 27.7 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).

BROWN NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Head coach Larry Brown has been listed as a finalist for the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year award given by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. In just his second year on the Hilltop, Brown and the Mustangs have posted the top NCAA RPI turnaround from 2012-13 to 2013-14, improving their mark 177 spots from 213 a year ago to 36 in Monday's (Feb. 24) latest release. SMU is also ranked in the AP Poll for the first time since 1984-85 and in the USA Today Coaches' Poll for the first time in program history. In his basketball career, Brown played for Iba on the 1964 USA Gold Medal Team (Tokyo).

CRASHING THE GLASS: The Mustangs have outrebounded their opponents in 22 of 28 games, averaging 36.9 rebounds per game compared to their opponents' 31.2 per game. SMU is 28th in the nation and 1st in The American in rebounding margin at +5.6. The Mustangs have hauled in double-digit offensive rebounds in 17 of 28 games and have had 15+ offensive rebounds 6 times this year. SMU is 4-2 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 12.4 second chance points, outscoring their opponents in that department in 19 of 28 games this season. SMU has scored in double digits in all but 6 games in 2013-14 (at UIC, vs. USF, vs. Hofstra, at Houston, at Temple, at UConn). 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 11th in the nation and 1st in The American in field goal percentage at 49.3%.

FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 36.8% from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA). The Mustangs held No. 21/21 Connecticut to 29.6% shooting, the first opponent the Mustangs have held under 30% since Feb. 9, 2013 at Rice (W, 61-39/19.6%). SMU has held 27 of its last 37 (21 of 28 this year) opponents under 40%. The Mustangs have held the opposition to 35% shooting or less 13 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 40th in the nation in assists, entering the game averaging 15.1. The Mustangs have assisted on at least 50% of their field goals in 24 of 28 games (14 of 16) 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 16-16 under Larry Brown in road/neutral games (12-12 road/4-4 neutral). This season, SMU is 8-6 away from home with a 6-5 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 25 of 28 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 34.6-20.1.

RPI WATCH: The Mustangs entered the week (Feb. 24) at No. 36 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 40. SMU is 5-4 against teams in the RPI top 85, with two wins over No. 30 Connecticut, and wins over No. 21 Cincinnati, No. 37 Memphis and No. 83 Wyoming. Four of the five Mustang losses have come against teams in the top 75, including three in the top 30 (at Arkansas 70, vs. Virginia 16, at Cincinnati 21, at Louisville 27).

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 No. 5 Memphis on Feb. 18, 2009.

UPSET SPECIAL: SMU's road win at No. 21/21 Connecticut was the program's fourth win over a ranked opponent this season (all in conference play). 2013-14 marks the first season the Mustangs have recorded four wins over ranked opponents since the 1955-56 season (4 wins). The victory was also SMU's first road win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 17 Purdue by a count of 60-59. SMU is 4-1 against ranked opponents, including 3-0 inside Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs win over No. 7/7 Cincinnati (76-55) was the program's 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 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.

RECORDS UPDATE:
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

INDIVIDUAL NOTES: DOUBLE-DOUBLES:
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
2011-12
N. Moore (ISU) at Ole Miss 3/14 24 pts, 10 asts 1st 1st

STREAKS (STAT):
10+points: Nic Moore 9 (28, 23,14, 11,14, 21, 15, 16, 15), Nick Russell (15), Markus Kennedy (13) r> Longest This Season: Markus Kennedy 14
8+ rebounds: Sterling Brown (8)
Long: Markus Kennedy 11
Dbl-Dbl:
Long: Markus Kennedy 3
5+ assists: Nic Moore (5)br> Long: Nic Moore 2
3+ steals: Nic Moore (4)
Long: Markus Kennedy and Nic Moore 2
2+ blocks: Ryan Manuel (2)br> Long: Markus Kennedy 4

Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): Has played in all 28 games, starting 17, averaging 4.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 18.1 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 28 games, averaging 5.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in 12.5 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 27 games, averaging 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 15.5 minutes per game. Tallied a double-figure night for the third time in his career in SMU's 75-52 win over Temple, scoring 11 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Scored 7 of his 9 points against UCONN in a 2:08 stretch in the early stages of the second half to take SMU from 38-38 to 45-41 to kick-start a 15-6 run. Did not play at Arkansas (injury). Third on the team with 11 points, including nine from beyond the arc, in his collegiate debut against TCU. Prep: McDonald's All-American

Crandall Head (6-4, 180, G, RS-Jr.): Played in 24 games, averaging 1.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 6.2 minutes. Scored a career-high six points to go along with a season-high two assists against McNeese State. Had two points and two rebounds in his SMU debut against TCU.

Markus Kennedy (6-9, 245, F, RS-So.): Played in all 28 games, starting 14, averaging 11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.5 assists in 24.3 minutes. In conference play, averaging 12.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.7 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% (54.4), 7th in blocked shots (1.4), 6th in rebounding (7.0) 4th in defensive rebounds (5.1). Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll three times (12/23, 1/20, 1/27)

Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Played in 27 of 28 games, starting 11, averaging 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 18.3 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 28 games, averaging 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 14.6 minutes. Scored in double figures 5 times in the last 10 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 28 games, averaging 14.2 points, 2.1 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 1.3 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 24 of 28 games, and has made multiple 3PT field goals in 18 of 28 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 (14.2), 11th in FG% (48.1), 4th in assists (4.6), 4th in FT% (85.3), 2nd in 3PT FG% (44.6), 5th 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 eight times (11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 1/6, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 and 2/24).

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 28 games, starting 27, averaging 9.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.3 minutes per game. Tied for the team lead with 15 points to go along with 4 assists in 31 minutes in the Mustangs 64-55 win at No. 21 UConn. 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 (3.4), 6th in FT% (81.9), 9th in assist/turnover ratio (1.7).

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 28 games, starting 27, averaging 5.0 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.