SMU Visits UAB On Saturday At 2pm #PonyUp
March 1, 2013
SMU (14-14, 4-9 C-USA) visits UAB (14-14, 6-7 C-USA) on Saturday at 2 p.m.. The Mustangs are 5-6 on the road this year and have won two of its last three road games. SMU is leading C-USA in field goal percentage defense (.389, 27th NCAA) and free throw percentage (.749, 23rd NCAA) while ranking third in the league in scoring defense (62.1, 68th). The Mustangs is on pace to finish in the top-10 its single-season record book in scoring defense (62.1, 4th), FG% defense (.389, T-7th), blocked shots average (4.3, T-6th), 3FG% (.355, 6th) and FT% (.749, 5th).
MUSTANGS WON FINAL GAME IN MOODY COLISEUM'S CURRENT CONFIGURATION: After 57 seasons, 9 conference championships and more than 500 wins, SMU men's basketball played its final home game in Moody Coliseum's current configuration on Feb. 27 when the Mustangs defeated Rice 67-55. SMU also celebrated senior night for London Giles prior to the game at the Coliseum, which is undergoing a $47 million expansion and renovation. The updated Moody Coliseum (newmoody.com) 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. The renovation, which began on the north side of the Coliseum in August, will expand into the main building in early March. The building is scheduled to re-open in December 2013, prior to SMU's first game in the BIG EAST. The Mustangs final "home" game on Saturday, March 9, against UTEP will be played at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.
SMU ANNOUNCES 2013 ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: The 2013 inductees - Cash Birdwell, Russell Carter, Lars Frölander, Lance McIlhenny, Rick Herrscher and the late Earl Stewart - will be honored at a dinner and induction ceremony on Friday, May 3, at the Hilton Anatole. Birdwell worked in SMU's athletic training department in 1968 and then 1973-2005, and won College Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1978. Carter was a two-time All-American in track as SMU won the 1983 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships. He was also a football All-American in 1983. Frölander was a five-time NCAA swimming champion and Olympic Gold Medalist in 2000. Herrscher was 1958 SWC Player of the Year and part of the 1956, `57 and `58 SWC Championships and helped the 1956 team reach the Final Four. McIlhenny posted a career record of 34-5-1 as quarterback for SMU from 1980-83. He paced SMU to two NCAA-recognized National Championships and two SWC Championships (1981, 1982). Stewart was the women's golf coach at SMU from 1975-87, guiding the Mustangs to an AIAW National Championship in 1979. He also coached National Champions Kyle O'Brien Stevens (1979) and Amy Benz (1982).
CONFERENCE USA AWARD CANDIDATES:
UP NEXT: SMU has two regular season games remaining. The Mustangs are at Tulsa on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and then host UTEP at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland on March 9 at 2 p.m. The Conference USA Championships is March 13-16 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.
LAST GAME (W, 67-55 - Rice on Feb. 27): DALLAS (AP) -- Shawn Williams scored 17 points and Cannen Cunningham added 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead SMU to a 67-55 victory against Rice on Wednesday night. Nick Russell had 13 points for the Mustangs (14-14, 4-9 Conference USA), who shot 57 percent from the floor and enjoyed a 40-23 rebounding edge. Tamir Jackson scored 20 points and Max Guercy 16 for the Owls (5-22, 1-12), who lost their seventh straight. Rice was on an uphill climb for much of the game, thanks to a first-half stretch of 6:48 in which it didn't score. SMU led 35-20 at the break. It was the Mustangs' final home game in Moody Coliseum, as it is currently constructed. The 57-year-old facility is undergoing a $47 million renovation that is scheduled to be complete by next season, when SMU begins play in the Big East.
THE SERIES VS. UAB (2-7): SMU and UAB are meeting for the 10th time with the Blazers leading 7-2 in the series. This is the ninth meeting between the schools since becoming Conference USA mates. UAB has won six of the seven Conference USA regular season meetings including a 47-28 final in Dallas last season. SMU's lone C-USA win came in a 60-56 victory at UAB in 2007. The teams also met once in the C-USA Tournament as then-No. 24 UAB won, 69-55, in the quarterfinal round of the 2006 championship in Memphis. The first ever meeting was a 79-63 win in the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Dec. 29, 1983.
LAST MEETING VS. UAB (L, 47-28 at SMU on Feb. 15, 2012): DALLAS (AP) -- UAB held SMU to the lowest scoring output ever in a Conference USA game, defeating the Mustangs 47-28. The 28 points topped the 36 points scored by UAB against Southern Miss on Jan. 12, 2002, in conference play. Overall, it was the lowest ever scored by SMU in the shot-clock era and its second-lowest since 1950 - barely surpassing the 26-point total against TCU on Feb. 15, 1956. The Mustangs' 12 first-half points Wednesday also set a record for futility - their previous low for a half was 14 against Memphis on Feb. 18, 2009. SMU made just 8 of 46 shots (17 percent) against the Blazers, including 3 of 29 3-point attempts. Robert Nyakundi led the Mustangs with nine points. For UAB, K.C. Whitaker scored 17 points, Cameron Moore added 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Jordan Swing also had 11 rebounds.
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 38th season as a head coach and eighth at the NCAA level. He has an overall record of 1667-1206 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 191-75 (14-14 at SMU), making the NCAA tournament in each of his previous seven season including three Final Fours (1980, 1986, 1988) and the 1988 NCAA title.
ACTIVE HALL OF FAMERS: There are four active coaches that have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Brown is also one of 11 active Division I head coaches with an NCAA Championship.
Larry Brown AT HOME (NCAA): His teams are 102-17 (.857) at home. He is 7-6 (.538) 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 48-39 (.552) in road games. He is 5-6 (.455) at SMU.
Larry Brown IN NEUTRAL SITE GAMES (NCAA): His teams are 41-19 (.683) in neutral site games. He is 2-2 (.500) in neutral site games with SMU.
MENTOR VS. MOP: On Jan. 6, Larry Brown (SMU) and Danny Manning (Tulsa) met as head coaches for the first time. Brown was the head coach and Manning was the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) of the Final Four as Kansas won the 1988 NCAA Championship. It was just the second matchup as head coaches for a tandem that was head coach and MOP for an NCAA title team. - Howie Dallmar - 1942 MOP for Stanford (Coach was Everett Dean); Dean (Stanford) vs. Dallmar (Penn) at Penn on Dec. 29, 1950 (Penn wins 59-58) - Danny Manning - 1988 MOP for Kansas (Coach was Larry Brown); Manning (Tulsa) vs. Brown (SMU) at SMU on Jan. 6 (TU won 48-47), and at Tulsa on March 6
BIG EAST: Dec. 7, 2011 - SMU accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST Conference in all sports, President R. Gerald Turner announced. SMU, Houston, UCF and Memphis will begin competing in all BIG EAST-sponsored sports in the 2013-14 academic year. The football-only members East Carolina beginning in 2014 and Navy in 2015. Tulane also accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST in all sports on Nov. 27, 2012, and will be an all-sports member beginning in 2014-15.
COVERING PRACTICE: Head Coach Larry Brown, other members of the staff and student-athletes will only be available BEFORE practice. Practices are open to members of the media. Media members can watch practice from designated areas off the court. Please notify the Public Relations Office in advance and to confirm times.
7-6: SMU is 7-6 at home. The Mustangs started 5-0 at home for the first time since starting 5-0 in 2006-07.
10-5: SMU went 10-5 in non-conference play, winning 10 non-conference games for the first time since 2006-07 (11-3 the season). The 8-1 start was the best since opening 9-1 in 2006-07. The Mustangs 5-0 start was the best since a 10-0 start to the 1997-98 season.
20/20/20/20/20 VISION: SMU has had five players score 20+ points this season.
ATTENDANCE UP: SMU season tickets are up 79% from last year.
BALANCED SCORING: SMU has had at least 4 players score in double-digits in 11 games (6-5).
FAMILIAR FOE: SMU has played Rice more than any other opponent.
MUSTANG STATE: All of SMU's starters are all from the state of Texas, with 4 of the 5 from the DFW area: Cannen Cunningham (Arlington), Jalen Jones (Dallas), Ryan Manuel (Houston), Nick Russell (Duncanville), Shawn Williams (Duncanville), The Mustangs top reserve is also from DFW; London Giles (Dallas).
ROAD MUSTANGS: SMU is 5-6 on the road this season; winning 5 regular season road games for the first time since 2002-03. 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. SMU last won a school-record tying 4 road non-conference games in 1991-92. Dec. 1 is also the earliest SMU has had 3 road wins, beating the previous date of Dec. 9 in 2003-04.
SHARP-SHOOTERS: SMU is leading C-USA and ranks 23rd in the NCAA in free throw percentage (.749). All of SMU's starters are shooting at least 67% from the line (Ryan Manuel - 81.0%, Jalen Jones - 75.9%, Shawn Wiliams - 72.4%, Nick Russell - 70.1%, Cannen Cunningham 67.1%).
YOUTH & INEXPERIENCE: The Mustangs are one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the country this season, totaling just 11 collegiate seasons among those eligible to play this season.
Brian Bernardi (Fr.): Averaging 3.3 points in 10.3 minutes for the season... Shooting 42.6% on 3FGs (1st SMU)... Scored 8 points in a career high 30 minutes at Houston (1/9)... Exploded for a career high 20 points in 23 minutes vs. Furman (12/30); first SMU freshman to score 20+ since Paul McCoy scored 29 at UAB (2/14/09); made 4 threes; 6-6 FTs... Hit a 3FG in 5 straight games (TCU 11/15 - UALR 11/24).
Cannen Cunningham (So.): Conference USA All-Defensive Team candidate... Averaging 8.7 points, 6.4 rebounds (2nd SMU, 14th C-USA) and 1.8 blocks (1st SMU, T-4th C-USA, 79th NCAA)... Has 51 blocks on the season, T-12th most in SMU history (tied with Brad Branson, 1979-80); now has 69 blocks in his career, T-11th all-time at SMU... Tallied his second career double-double vs. Rice (2/27) with 13 pts and 12 rebs; career highs in FTMs (9) and FTAs (14)... Recorded 6 blocks at Rice (2/9) and vs. Memphis (2/6), the most since Papa Dia had 6 at Tulsa (1/26/11); T-2nd most in a C-USA game in SMU history...Also had a career high 13 rebs at Rice...
Jordan Dickerson (Fr.): Has totaled 8 points, 18 rebounds and 9 blocks in 84 minutes... Has played a career high 9 minutes on two occasions (Malone 11/19, UCF 1/26).
Kevin Dunleavy (So.): Has played in 5 games this season.
London Giles (Sr.): Averaging 2.9 points in 14.1 minutes per game... Started on Senior Night vs. Rice (2/27), his 1st start of 2012-13 and 32nd as a Mustang; scored 6 pts while adding 2 assists and 2 rebs in 24 mins (tied season high)... Career high 3 steals vs. Marshall (1/30)... Season high 12 points against UALR (11/24), making 4-4 3FGs.
Crandall Head (Transfer): Transferred after sophomore season at Illinois...Played 26 games in 2 seasons.
Marcus Holyfield (Jr.): Has played in 3 games this season... Has spent the last four years (2009-12) with the football team... Joined the basketball team in December after the 2012 Hawaii Bowl.
Jalen Jones (So.): All-Conference USA candidate... Averages 14.9 points (1st SMU, T-9th C-USA), 8.0 rebounds (1st SMU, 7th C-USA, 72nd NCAA), while shooting 50.8% from the field (1st SMU, 9th C-USA, 70th NCAA)... Shooting 55.8% FGs during conference play (4th C-USA)... Has 8 double-doubles on the season... Has failed to score in double-digits only four times this season...10 games with at least 15 pts and 7 rebs... Has 4 games with at least 7 offensive rebs... HONORS: All-Cable Car Classic Team (12/21-12/22)... C-USA Player of the Week (12/3) after averaging 17 pts and 14 rebs in two wins over Utah and Hofstra...FIRST SINCE: Had consecutive double-doubles (Utah, at Hofstra), first Mustang to post back-to-back double-doubles since Papa Dia in 2010-11... Posted his 6th double-double of the season with 20 pts and 12 rebs against Southern Miss (1/16); also added a career high 5 assists... Notched 5th double-double of the season with 22 points and 13 rebounds at Houston (1/9); 10-21 FGs, most FGM since Robert Nyakundi made 10-14 vs. Tulane (1/25/12)... Had 12 rebs in the 1st half vs. Wagner (12/21), most since Papa Dia had 12 in 1st half at Northern Iowa (3/21/11)... Scored 20 points with a career-high 16 rebounds against Utah (11/28); first Mustang with 15+ points and 15+ rebounds since Papa Dia (3/21/11 at Northern Iowa - 17 pts, 21 rebs) 20+: Has 7 games with 20+ points... Had 20+ points in 3 straight games against TCU, Texas State and Malone, becoming the first Mustang to score 20+ in 3 straight since Papa Dia (1/8/11-1/15/11)....Scored a career-high 24 points at Texas State (11/17).
JONES CLIMBING THE SOPHOMORE CHARTS: At his current scoring and rebounding pace, Jalen Jones will become the seventh Mustang to have posted at least 700 points and the seventh to have at least 350 rebounds after his sophomore season. He would also become just the fifth player to accomplish both feats.
Markus Kennedy (Transfer): Transferred after freshman season at Villanova...Averaged 3.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest in 31 games.
Ryan Manuel (So.): All-Conference USA candidate... Averages 12.3 points (20th C-USA) in 34.1 mins (9th C-USA)... Is 81.0% on FTs (1st SMU, 5th C-USA)... Currently 2nd all-time in FTMs (149) for a sophomore at SMU; needs 4 FTMs to tie Jeryl Sasser for 1st; 10th all-time for single season FTMs... Has made 7+ FTMs in 8 games this season; 5 games this season shooting 100% FTs (min. 5 attempts)... Averaging 11.9 pts (22nd C-USA) and 1.9 steals (T-4th C-USA) during conference play... Tallied 2nd double-double with 15 pts and 10 assists vs. Houston (2/2); 1st SMU double-double with pts/assists since Jeremiah Samarrippas (1/25/12); 10 assists was a career high; was also SMU's season high... Made 8-8 FTs against Alcorn State (12/22), the best FT shooting night since Robert Nyakundi against SE Missouri State (12/29/10 - 10-10 FTs); Blocked Missouri State's Marcus Marshall's 3-point attempt with 4 seconds left to clinch the 62-61 victory; now has 2 game-clinching blocks this season (also against TCU 11/15)... Made 12-of-15 free throws against LMU (11/11) the most made free throws made by a Mustang since Derek Williams converted 14 attempts on Jan. 30, 2010 against Memphis.
Blaise Mbargorba (Fr.): Missed first 28 games with a shoulder injury.
Nic Moore (Transfer): Transferred after freshman season at Illinois State...At ISU, he played all 35 games with 29 starts...Averaged 10.0 points and 3.9 assists while posting a 1.71 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Uche Ofoegbu (Fr.): Has totaled 12 points, 34 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks and 5 steals in 177 minutes (7.7) in 23 games this season... Career high 21 mins at Tulane (2/16)... Has recorded a career high 4 rebounds in 3 contests.
Nick Russell (Jr.): All-Conference USA candidate; C-USA Newcomer of the Year candidate... Averages 14.1 points (2nd SMU, T-14th C-USA), 4.4 assists (1st SMU, 7th C-USA), in 36.0 minutes (1st SMU, 2nd C-USA)... Has scored in double-figures in all but four games this season... Career high 9 assists vs. East Carolina (2/23)... Career high 7 rebounds on two occasions (vs. Marshall 1/30, vs. Tulsa 1/6)... Had 5th 20+ point game of the season with 22 pts vs. Houston (2/2)... Career high 25 points on 2 occasions (at Texas State 11/17 & vs. Missouri State 11/25)...STREAKS: Has scored 10+ points in 12 straight games, the 1st Mustang to do so since Robert Nyakundi did so in 10 straight games from 11/15/11-12/28/11... GAME-WINNER: Hit the game-winner with 10 seconds left in the 62-61 win vs. Missouri State 11/24 in the Hoops for Hope 3rd-place game (had 25 points, 2 assists, 2 steals)... HONORS: Named to the Hoops for Hope All-Tournament Team (11.5 pts, 3.8 rebs, 4.5 asts) and had the game-winner vs. Missouri State (62-61) in the 3rd-place game.
Shawn Williams (Jr.): Conference USA All-Defensive Team candidate... Averaging 8.2 points and 5.0 rebounds... Shooting 39.7% on 3FGs overall (T-9th C-USA); Connecting on 40.0% 3FGs in C-USA play (T-7th C-USA)... Scored a team-high 17 pts (tied career high) to go along with 3 blocks (tied career high) in win over Rice (2/27)... Made 58.3% (14-24) of 3FGs during a 6-game span (1/12 vs. Tulane to 2/2 vs. Houston)...Tied the game vs. Houston (2/2) with a 3FG at the buzzer to send the game into OT... Has two double-doubles this season... Led SMU in scoring at UTEP (1/19) with 16 points... Scored 17 points vs. Southern Miss; 5-8 3FGs, most 3FGMs since Robert Nyakundi went 6-10 at Houston (2/25/12)... Notched second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebs (tied a career high) against Hofstra (12/1); First career double-double (15 pts, 10 rebs) against UALR (11/24).
Garrett Wilson (Fr.): Has played in 7 games this season.
Larry Brown IN OT (NCAA): 3-6
SMU SIGNS 3 FOR 2013-14: SMU Head Coach Larry Brown announced that three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Mustangs beginning with the 2013-14 season, which will be SMU's first campaign in the BIG EAST. The class includes a top-flight junior college signee in Yanick Moreira and a pair of highly-touted Chicago-area student-athletes in Sterling Brown and Ben Moore. Brown is a four-star 6-4 guard from Proviso East High School, Moore is a three-star 6-8 forward from Bolingbrook High School, and Moreira is a 6-11 forward that is rated as high as No. 1 for junior college signees. The Mustangs will add six newcomers next season, including the three signees. SMU has three transfers sitting out this year in Nic Moore (5-9, 170, So. from Illinois State), Markus Kennedy (6-9, 260, So. from Villanova) and Crandall Head (6-4, 180, Jr. from Illinois).
SMU IS SOCIAL:
Moody Coliseum Renovation And Expansion - $47 MILLION PROJECT:
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. Through the years, Moody Coliseum, a campus and Dallas landmark, has served both the University and community. Home to men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball and the pageantry of SMU Commencement, the coliseum also has hosted commencement ceremonies for thousands of area high school students, cultural programming and political rallies. Speakers have included four U.S. presidents and numerous other national and international figures. Moody Coliseum is undergoing expansion and extensive renovation, providing many new and improved features that include new premium seating, renovation of the entry lobby and concourses and state-of-the-art upgrades. This project will revitalize Moody Coliseum as a preeminent collegiate sports arena and multi-purpose event facility, preserving its historical character while adding the most modern technological enhancements. Construction began in August 2012 with the expansion of the building's north façade followed by renovation of the interior space and infrastructure upgrades. The renovated Moody Coliseum is scheduled to reopen in December 2013.
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.
Nick Russell NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT AT HOOPS FOR HOPE TOURNAMENT: PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (SMU) - Junior guard Nick Russell received Hoops For Hope Classic All-Tournament honors on Sunday night, just hours after hitting the biggest shot during SMU's (6-1) first seven games. Russell hit the game-winning jumper with 10 seconds remaining in the Mustangs' 62-61 victory over Missouri State on Sunday night. The junior tied a career high with 25 points in the contest on 9-of-15 shooting in 38 minutes. For the tournament, Russell averaged 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists, and guided SMU to a 3-1 record over the four-game event.
Russell has been a key part of SMU's 6-1 start to the 2012-13 season, leading the team in scoring (16.0) and assists (3.9). SMU is off to its best start since opening the 2006-07 campaign at 10-1.
Jalen Jones NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT AT CABLE CAR CLASSIC:
COACH BROWN RETURNS TO NEW YORK: Head Coach Larry Brown had a "homecoming" as SMU won 73-47 at Hofstra on Dec. 1. Hofstra, located in Hempstead, N.Y., is just over 20 miles away from Brown's hometown of Brooklyn. Brown went to high school in Long Beach, N.Y., which is about 10 miles away from the site of Saturday's game. Brown also had NBA coaching stints with the New York Knicks (2005-06) and the nearby New Jersey Nets (1981-83).
RETURN TO NEW YORK: On Dec. 1, SMU won 73-47 at Hofstra in its first game in the state of New York for the first time since Dec. 9, 1950 (L, 64-55 at Canisius). SMU had last played in the New York metro area in 1994, when splitting two games in the Seton Hall/Meadowlands Tournament.