[18/18] SMU Wraps Up 2013-14 Regular Season At [20/20] Memphis Saturday At 11 AM CT On ESPN2
March 7, 2014
The Last Meeting
February 1, 2014
[18/18] SMU (23-7, 12-5 American) will conclude its regular season at [20/20] Memphis (22-8, 11-6) on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN2. The Mustangs are ranked in both polls for the second-straight week. SMU has 23 wins for the fifth time in program history, and the first time since the Mustangs recorded 28 victories in 1987-88. SMU has 12 conference victories for the first time since it had 12 in the 1992-93 season (SWC). SMU is coming off an 84-71 setback to [11/9] Louisville. Saturday marks the second time this season SMU has played ranked teams in back-to-back games (vs. Connecticut, at Louisville). SMU defeated Memphis in the first meeting of the season, 87-72 at Moody Coliseum.
The Mustangs will clinch the No. 3 seed in next week's American Athletic Conference Tournament with either a win over Memphis on Saturday, or a Louisville win when the Cardinals host Connecticut on Saturday (1 p.m. CT/CBS). Sixth-seeded Houston awaits the three-seed in the quarters. If the Mustangs drop Saturday's game at Memphis and Connecticut defeats Louisville, the Mustangs and Tigers would meet in back-to-back games at the FexExForum, this time for a spot in the conference semifinals.
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 (44), improving their mark 169 spots. SMU also has a +8 win improvement from last year to this year, after finishing the 2012-13 campaign at 15-17. The Mustangs are third in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st American), holding opponents to 37.2%. The Mustang defense is allowing just 61.9 points per game, 18th in the NCAA (2nd American). SMU has held 28 of its last 39 (22 of 30 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU has outrebounded 22 of 30 opponents this season.
On offense, SMU is leading the conference in field-goal percentage, shooting 49.3% (8th NCAA). The Mustangs are also shooting 37.1% from beyond the arc, third in the conference. SMU is third in the league in assists per game at 15.3 (35th NCAA), and is averaging 72.1 points per game. Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored 26 of 30 opponents in the paint by an average of 34.5-21.2.
SMU is ranked in both polls for the second-straight week, receiving 427 votes (No. 18) in the AP Poll and a season-high 185 votes in the Coaches' Poll (No. 18). SMU also cracked the USA Today Coaches' Poll Top 25 for the first time in program history on Feb. 24. The American Athletic Conference has five teams in the top 20 of this week's AP Poll, the most of any conference in the nation (ACC is second with 4). SMU is receiving votes in the AP poll for the seventh-straight week and the USA Today Coaches' Poll for the sixth-straight week. The Mustangs enter the weekend (March 6) at No. 44 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 45. SMU is 4-5 against teams in the RPI top 60.
Markus Kennedy was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Monday after tallying 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals in SMU's 70-55 win over UCF. Kennedy's honor is the fourth of the season for the sophomore (March 3, Jan. 27, Jan. 20, Dec. 23). Nic 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). Junior center Yanick Moreira has also been named to the Honor Roll once (Nov. 25).
LAST GAME (L, 84-71 VS. LOUISVILLE ON MARCH 5): -- DALLAS (AP) -- Russ Smith scored 22 of his 26 points after halftime, including six 3-pointers, and No. 11 Louisville became the first opponent to win in SMU's renovated home, beating the 18th-ranked Mustangs 84-71 on Wednesday night. Smith hit three straight 3s right after his alley-oop pass on the go-ahead dunk by Montrezl Harrell midway through the second half for the American Athletic Conference-leading and defending national champion Cardinals (25-5, 14-3 AAC). Rick Pitino won the matchup of Hall of Fame coaches, as SMU and Larry Brown lost for the first time in 10 games since moving back into their campus home in January. The Mustangs (23-7, 12-5), with a raucous sellout crowd for their first home game since 1985 matching ranked teams, jumped out to an 18-5 lead. They were up by 14 points before the closing stretch in the first half. SMU had already defeated three Top 25 teams at home this season, with decisive wins over UConn, Memphis and Cincinnati. The Mustangs couldn't add to that list against the Cardinals, who had four players score in double figures. Chris Jones added 21 points, while Harrell had 19 and Luke Hancock 15. Louisville is guaranteed at least a share of the first AAC title with a victory at home Saturday against No. 19 UConn. No. 15 Cincinnati (24-5, 13-3) has two games left, at home Thursday against No. 20 Memphis before going to Rutgers on Saturday. Nick Russell had 18 points in his final home game for SMU. Markus Kennedy had 14 points and Sterling Brown added 10. The Cardinals never trailed again after Jones scored six points in a matter of seconds. Jones hit a tying 3-pointer from the left wing with 16:22 left, and immediately dropped back to defend SMU guard Nic Moore. Jones stole the inbounds pass, and made a layup while being fouled by Moore before hitting the free throw for a 40-37 lead. SMU got even at 41 after Russell got a bounce pass from Markus and made a layup despite being fouled by Harrell. Russell missed the free throw and Harrell quickly made amends with that rebound, and then a reverse slam on the pass from Smith before a barrage of long-range shots. Smith made only one of his five shots before halftime, none from 3-point range. He took six 3-point attempts after halftime -- and made them all, including three in a span of 72 seconds after the go-ahead dunk. He later had 3s on consecutive possessions with defenders in his face. SMU led 26-12 when Kennedy made a jumper with 7:04 left, but the Mustangs didn't make another field goal before halftime. The Mustangs had nine turnovers during that span, four by Russell. And they missed their only three shots. Jones hit two 3s when Louisville scored 15 consecutive points over a 2 1/2-minute span, his second long-range shot in that span putting the Cardinals up for the first time at 27-26. He had a steal before halftime that he converted into a breakaway layup. It was the sixth consecutive sellout, and seventh overall this season for the Mustangs. The crowd included Hall of Fame and three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Troy Aikman, current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and former President George W. Bush, who lives in the neighborhood and whose presidential library is adjacent to Moody.
UP NEXT: SMU will return to Dallas briefly before heading back to Memphis for the American Athletic Conference Championships. The Mustangs have a bye into the quarterfinals, that will take place on March 13.
THE SERIES VS. MEMPHIS (4-11): SMU and Memphis are meeting for the 16th time on Saturday. The Tigers hold an 11-4 series advantage, but SMU has won three of the last six contests. SMU won the first meeting of the season by a count of 87-72 in Moody Coliseum. The teams split the season series in 2009-10, with each team winning at home, marking the last season the two teams played twice in a single campaign (will play twice this year). SMU defeated Memphis in Dallas, 70-60 on Jan. 30, 2010, snapping an eight-game losing streak against the Tigers.
LAST MEETING VS. MEMPHIS (W, 87-72 AT SMU ON FEB. 1, 2014): DALLAS (AP) -- Nic Moore had 14 points with 10 assists, and keyed a game-turning run to start the second half, and SMU stayed undefeated at home by beating No. 22 Memphis 87-72 Saturday. The Tigers lost a conference road game for the first time in two years. Moore had an assist on Markus Kennedy's tiebreaking layup right after halftime. Moore then added 3-pointers in the 10-2 spurt in just over 2 minutes that put SMU ahead to stay and in control. Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown's Mustangs pushed the lead to 56-36 with 7:11 left when Sterling Brown made consecutive 3-pointers. Kennedy had 21 points on 10-of-10 shooting and 15 rebounds for his sixth career double-double. Brown had 15 points. Memphis, which moved with SMU from Conference USA to the AAC this season, had won 19 consecutive league road games since a C-USA loss at Southern Mississippi exactly two years ago Saturday. The Tigers' record is 27 consecutive conference road victories, a streak that ended with another loss at SMU four years ago. Joe Jackson led Memphis with 22, while Geron Johnson had 18 and Michael Dixon Jr. 13. Dominic Woodson had 11 rebounds. Nick Russell had 11 points for the Mustangs, and Keith Frazier 10. SMU is 11-0 at home this season, including all five games since moving back into its newly renovated Moody Coliseum last month. The Tigers built a 23-15 lead with just under 7 minutes left in the first half when Johnson passed ahead to Jackson for an easy layup to cap an 11-0 run. The first nine points for the Tigers in that stretch came during a 2-minute stretch when SMU had four turnovers that led directly to seven points. Jackson had a steal and a breakaway layup to put Memphis up 16-15 with 9:27 left. Less than 1 1/2 minutes later, Jackson had another steal and passed ahead to Johnson for a fastbreak layup. But SMU tied the game at 29 when Moore followed his own miss with a short jumper with 6 seconds left in the first half, and he pushed them ahead after the break.
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 1691-1216 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 215-85 (38-24 at SMU), making the NCAA tournament in his first seven seasons including three Final Fours (1980, 1986, 1988) and the 1988 NCAA title.
ACTIVE HALL OF FAMERS: There are five active coaches that have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
HOF vs. HOF: There will be at least 8 matchups this season between Hall of Fame head coaches. SMU's Larry Brown will be in at least two of them, facing Louisville's Rick Pitino twice during American Athletic Conference play.
ACTIVE NCAA CHAMPS: Larry Brown is one of 11 active Division I head coaches to win an NCAA Championship as a head coach.
Larry Brown AT HOME (NCAA): His teams are 117-19 (.860) at home. He is 22-8 (.733) 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.
SMU PICKED SIXTH IN THE AMERICAN PRESEASON POLL: SMU was picked to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference's first preseason coaches' poll. SMU freshman Keith Frazier, a McDonald's All-American from Dallas Kimball High School, was tabbed as the Preseason Rookie of the Year. Defending NCAA Champion Louisville was the unanimous selection to win the league. Connecticut was picked second while 2013 NCAA teams Memphis, Cincinnati and Temple were picked third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
THE GRADUATES: SMU seniors Nick Russell and Shawn Williams have already earned their bachelor's degrees and are enrolled in graduate courses. Williams graduated in May 2013 with a degree in sociology. Russell earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in August 2013.
SMU VS. DEFENDING NCAA CHAMPIONS: The Mustangs will face defending NCAA champion Louisville at least twice this season. The Mustangs have faced the defending champ in seven other seasons.
20 WIN PLATEAU: The Mustangs have reached the 20-win mark for the 10th time in program history, and the first time since they went 20-15 in the 2010-11 campaign. SMU has 23 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 12 conference wins for the first time since the 1992-93 season (SWC).
"AP"PROPRIATE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: The Mustangs are ranked in both polls for the second-consecutive week (No. 18/18). 2013-14 marks the first season SMU has been in both polls, thanks to its first appearance in the USA Today Coaches' Poll on Feb. 24. The Mustangs are receiving votes in the AP Poll for the seventh-straight week and the USA Today Coaches' Poll for the sixth-straight week. SMU is No. 18 in the AP Poll, after two weeks at No. 23. The Mustangs are No. 18 in the coaches' poll after being ranked No. 24 on Feb. 24. SMU has a 4-2 (3-1 at home) record against top-25 teams. 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 averaged 5,520 this season, including an average of 6,813 in the 10 games in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum. SMU's game against Louisville (7,305) marked the seventh game the Mustangs sold out this season. SMU also recorded sellouts against Connecticut (7,166), Memphis (7,058), Temple (6,852), Cincinnati (7,278), Houston (6,991) and UCF (7,086). The March 5 sellout against Louisville set the new Moody Coliseum standard with seven this season. 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. 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, eight Mustangs are averaging at least 5.0 points per game. The team is averaging 72.1 points per game with Nic Moore (13.8) and Markus Kennedy (12.0) averaging double figures.
BENCH SCORING: SMU is averaging 27.1 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 169 spots from 213 a year ago to 44 in Friday's (thru March 6) 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 30 games, averaging 36.5 rebounds per game compared to their opponents' 31.3 per game. SMU is 31st in the nation and 1st in The American in rebounding margin at +5.2. The Mustangs have hauled in double-digit offensive rebounds in 17 of 30 games and have had 15+ offensive rebounds 6 times this year. 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 12.1 second chance points, outscoring their opponents in that department in 21 of 30 games this season. SMU has scored in double digits in 22 games in 2013-14. The Mustangs have outscored their opponents by 10+ in second chance points four times, including an 18-3 margin at then-No. 12/8 Louisville.
FG% 50+: In 12 games this year, including the Mustangs' 84-71 loss against No. 11/9 Louisville (51.1%), 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 8th in the nation and 1st in The American in field-goal percentage at 49.3%.
FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 37.2% from the field (1st American, 3rd 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 28 of its last 39 (22 of 30 this year) opponents under 40%. The Mustangs have held the opposition to 35% shooting or less 13 times this season. SMU has held 11 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 35th in the nation in assists, entering the game averaging 15.3. The Mustangs have assisted on at least 50% of their field goals in 26 of 30 games (16 of last 18) this season. SMU has dished out 20 or more assists in 6 games in 2013-14. Nic Moore (139) and Nick Russell (100) have both crossed the 100 assist mark, the first time the Mustangs have had two players with 100+ assists in a season since Jemeil Rich (108) and Troy Matthews (102) in 1995-96.
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 went 15-1 at home this year, including a 9-1 mark inside the renovated Moody Coliseum, for the first time since the 1984-85 season (started 15-0; finished 15-1). SMU averaged 76.4 points per game at home, and had a scoring margin of +17.6. The Mustangs are shooting 52.8 percent in home games, and are holding opponents to 35.3 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 ended its home slate 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 26 of 30 games this year (at USF, at Rutgers, Houston (tied), UCF). 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 34.5-21.2.
PASSING LANE CLOSED: Markus Kennedy (44) and Nic Moore (41) have recorded 40+ steals this season, the first Mustang duo to do so since Bryan Hopkins (53) and Eric Castro (43) did it in the 2003-04 season. The last time the Mustangs had multiple players record 50+ steals was the 1999-00 season, when Willie Davis (67), Jeryl Sasser (54) and Stephen Woods (51) did so. The 2013-14 Mustangs have 222 steals, good for 9th on SMU's all-time list.
RPI WATCH: The Mustangs enter the weekend (Thru March 6) at No. 44 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 45. SMU is 4-5 against teams in the RPI top 60, with two wins over No. 29 Connecticut, and wins over No. 15 Cincinnati and No. 32 Memphis. Five of the seven Mustang losses have come against teams in the top 60, including three in the top 30 (at Arkansas 55, vs. Virginia 9, at Cincinnati 15, at Louisville 25, Louisville 25).
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 4-2 against ranked opponents, including 3-1 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.
Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): Has played in all 30 games, starting 19, averaging 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 18.6 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 30 games, averaging 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.4 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: 104 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 29 games, averaging 5.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 15.2 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 25 games, averaging 1.0 points and 0.9 rebounds in 6.1 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 30 games, starting 16, averaging 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.6 assists in 24.4 minutes. In conference play, averaging 13.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.9 assists and 1.5 blocks. Scored in double figures for the 21st time this season, netting 14 in SMU's loss to Louisville (3/5). Has led (or tied the lead) SMU in scoring and rebounding in the same game 10 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% (53.6), 7th in blocked shots (1.4), 5th in rebounding (7.0) 4th in defensive rebounds (5.2). Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll four times (12/23, 1/20, 1/27, 3/3)
Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Played in 29 of 30 games, starting 11, averaging 5.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 18.5 minutes. Scored in double figures for the third time this season in SMU's 70-55 win over UCF. 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 30 games, averaging 6.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15.0 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 30 games, averaging 13.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 31.6 minutes. In conference play, averaging 14.1 points, 1.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.4 steals. Scoured 20+ points (21) for the sixth time this season to go along with 5 assists to lead SMU to a road win over Rutgers. Tied a season-high in the game with 5 3PT FGs made (4 in the second half). Tallied his second-career double-double in the Mustangs 87-72 win over No. 22/22 Memphis, netting 14 points to go along with 10 assists. Has scored in double figures in 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 (14.1), 12th in FG% (47.8), 4th in assists (4.6), 5th in FT% (84.1), 2nd in 3PT FG% (45.5), 7th in 3PT made (2.0), 7th in assist/turnover ratio (2.0) and 9th in minutes played (31.6) 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 30 games, starting 29, averaging 9.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.6 minutes per game. Season-high 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists in 37 minutes. 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 (3.3), 7th in FT% (82.3), 12th in assist/turnover ratio (1.5).
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 30 games, starting 29, averaging 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per game. Tied for the team lead with 14 points to go along with 3 rebounds in SMU's win over Temple. Had a season-high 16 points on a season-high 6 made field goals, to go along with a season-high 7 rebounds in a season-high 26 minutes in SMU's win over USF. It was the second-straight game Williams scored in double figures, after scoring 10 at No. 12/8 Louisville 2012-13: Third at SMU in rebound average with 5.2 a game, in addition to averaging 8.5 points and 0.8 blocks per game.
Larry Brown IN OT (NCAA): 3-6
SMU IS SOCIAL:
WORLD-CLASS FACILITY: SMU's Crum Basketball Center has been a world-class training center since opening in 2008. The 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks used the Crum Center for their 2008, 2009 and 2010 training camps. Several other NBA teams have also used the facility while in Dallas to play the Mavericks.
SMU ADDS 1,000 NEW SEASON TICKETS: SMU Men's Basketball has over 1,000 new season tickets. The Mustangs opened the renovated Moody Coliseum on Jan. 4 (Connecticut). SMU fans will get a chance to see every American Athletic Conference opponent in Moody Coliseum, as the Mustangs will play each league opponent twice. In addition to Connecticut, the Mustangs will host defending national champion Louisville as well as 2013 NCAA Tournament teams Temple, Memphis and Cincinnati. SMU will also host games against league foes Houston, Rutgers, UCF and USF.
MENTOR VS. MOP: Larry Brown (SMU) and Danny Manning (Tulsa) met twice as head coaches in the 2012-13 season. SMU and Tulsa split the matchups; Tulsa won 48-47 at SMU on Jan. 6 and SMU won 71-65 at Tulsa on March 6. Brown was the head coach and Manning was the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) of the Final Four as Kansas won the 1988 NCAA title. They are the second tandem to meet as head coaches after being the head coach and MOP for the same NCAA title team.
SECOND CENTURY CAMPIAGN GOAL $1 BILLION: Bolstered by the success to date of SMU's Second Century Campaign, the University's Board of Trustees has raised the goal from $750 million to $1 billion. At its quarterly meeting on Sept. 13, the board voted unanimously to accept the new goal recommended by the campaign's leadership. The campaign seeks additional funds for scholarships, academic programs, faculty positions and campus improvements and facilities. SMU already has surpassed its original goal and timetable, raising $780 million for a campaign scheduled to end in 2015, the 100th anniversary of SMU's opening. That date is now set to mark another milestone - the completion of SMU's first $1 billion campaign. SMU will join only 12 other private universities currently seeking goals of $1 billion or more. Among them are Columbia, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California. SMU is the first comprehensive university in North Texas to seek that amount.