SMU Hosts UTEP In Regular Season Finale On Sat. At 2pm At Curtis Culwell Center #PonyUp
March 8, 2013
The Last Meeting
January 19, 2013
El Paso, Texas
SMU (15-15, 5-10 C-USA) hosts UTEP (16-13, 9-6 C-USA) in the regular-season finale at the Curtis Culwell Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Mustangs are playing the game in Garland as Moody Coliseum undergoes a $47 million renovation and expansion. The Conference USA Championship is March 13-16 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.
SMU is leading C-USA in field goal percentage defense (.390, 33rd NCAA) and free throw percentage (.750, 22nd NCAA) while ranking third in the league in scoring defense (62.6). The Mustangs are on pace to finish in the top-10 its single-season record book in scoring defense (62.6, T-5th), FG% defense (.390, 8th), blocked shots average (4.2, 7th), 3FG% (.348, 7th) and FT% (.750, 5th).
SEEDING SCENARIOS: - SMU is 8 (vs. 9) if SMU wins (vs. UTEP) AND Tulane (vs. Houston) & Marshall (at ECU) lose. (SMU wins three-way tiebreaker) - SMU is 9 (vs. 8) if SMU wins AND Tulane (vs. Houston) OR Marshall (at ECU) lose (would have tiebreaker vs. Tulane or Marshall) - SMU is 10 (vs. 7) if SMU loses OR SMU wins AND Tulane (vs. Houston) & Marshall (at ECU) win. (lose tiebreaker to Houston) - SMU's first round opponent will be Houston, Marshall, Tulane Tulsa or UAB.
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.
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.
UP NEXT: SMU heads to the Conference USA Championship, which is March 13-16 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.
LAST GAME (W, 71-65 - at Tulsa on March 6): TULSA, Okla. (AP)-- Nick Russell scored 19 points and Cannen Cunningham had 17 points and five blocks as SMU held off Tulsa for a 71-65 victory on Wednesday night. Shawn Williams added 13 points and Ryan Manuel 11 for the Mustangs (15-15, 5-10 Conference USA), who made 7 of 9 free throws in the final 52 seconds after Tulsa made it a one-point game. James Woodard scored 17 points and Scottie Haralson 13 for the Golden Hurricane (15-14, 7-8), who got within 64-63 on Shaquille Harrison's layup with 1:18 remaining. Russell hit two free throws to push the lead back to three points, and Pat Swilling Jr. and Haralson missed 3-point attempts on Tulsa's next possession. SMU then began protecting its lead at the free-throw stripe. SMU shot 51.8 percent (29 of 56) from the floor and attempted just two 3-pointers, missing both.
THE SERIES VS. UTEP (15-26): SMU and UTEP are meeting for the 42nd time with the Miners leading the series 26-15. UTEP defeated the Mustangs 63-54 on Jan. 19. SMU beat UTEP on Senior Day (March 3, 2012) last season, 57-48. Before that victory, UTEP had won 17 of the last 18 meetings with the lone exception being SMU's 99-96 double-overtime win in Dallas on March 1, 2008. The Mustangs are 9-8 all-time against the Miners in home games. The teams have been in the same league since becoming Western Athletic Conference foes for the 1996-97 season. SMU held a 9-5 series edge in WAC games. SMU is 2-11 against the Miners in league games since the two joined Conference USA prior to the 2005-06 season.
LAST MEETING VS. UTEP (L, 63-54 at SMU on Jan. 19, 2013): EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Jacques Streeter scored 18 points and shot 5 for 5 from 3-point range to lead UTEP to a 63-54 win against SMU. Konner Tucker added 12 points for the Miners, who never trailed. Shawn Williams had 16 points and seven rebounds and Jalen Jones added 15 points for the Mustangs. After shooting a frigid 31.4 percent from the floor in its previous game at Tulsa, UTEP made 17 of 36 shots (47.2 percent), including 8 of 16 from 3-point range. SMU trailed 28-21 before going scoreless for the last 3:09 before intermission, enabling the Miners to close the half on a 7-0 run. The Mustangs got no closer than eight points in the second half. Nick Russell had 12 points for SMU. UTEP's Tim Floyd won his first collegiate coaching matchup against Larry Brown after 16 encounters in the NBA. Brown went 11-5 against Floyd.
Larry Brown VS. TIM FLOYD: The pair of coaches are meeting for the second time at the collegiate level after squaring off 16 times in the NBA. UTEP won the first meeting this season 63-54 on Jan. 19. Larry Brown won 11 of the 16 NBA matchups from 1998 to 2004. Brown held a 10-2 advantage in the series when he was in Philadelphia and Floyd was with Chicago from 1998-2001. During the 2003-04 season, Floyd's New Orleans Hornets won three of four games against Brown's Detroit Pistons.
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 1668-1207 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 192-76 (15-15 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 49-40 (.551) in road games. He is 6-7 (.462) 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: Larry Brown (SMU) and Danny Manning (Tulsa) met twice as head coaches this 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 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 (SMU won 71-65)
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.
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 6-7 on the road this season; 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.
SHARP-SHOOTERS: SMU is leading C-USA and ranks 22nd in the NCAA in free throw percentage (.750). All of SMU's starters are shooting at least 67% from the line (Ryan Manuel - 81.3%, Jalen Jones - 75.4%, Shawn Wiliams - 71.7%, Nick Russell - 71.1%, Cannen Cunningham 67.5%). The Mustangs finished 2011-12 at 67.3% and ranked 233rd in the NCAA.
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 10.8 minutes for the season... Shooting 41.2% on 3FGs (1st SMU, 11th all-time at 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 9.1 points, 6.3 rebounds (2nd SMU, 14th C-USA) and 1.9 blocks (1st SMU, 3rd C-USA, 68th NCAA)... Has 58 blocks on the season, 10th most in SMU history; now has 76 blocks in his career, 10th all-time at SMU; 3 games this season with 5+ blocks... 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 10 points, 21 rebounds and 9 blocks in 88 (3.7) 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 2.8 points in 13.8 minutes per game... Started on Senior Night vs. Rice (2/27), his 1st start of 2012-13 and 28th 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 14.3 points (T-1st SMU, T-13th C-USA), 7.7 rebounds (1st SMU, 7th C-USA, while shooting 51.0% from the field (1st SMU, 10th C-USA, 73rd NCAA)... Shooting 55.8% FGs during conference play (4th C-USA)... Has 8 double-doubles on the 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 34.2 mins (9th C-USA)... Is 81.3% on FTs (1st SMU, 5th C-USA)... Holds record for most FTMs by a sophomore in SMU history (157); 9th 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)... 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.): Has yet to play this season due to 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 16 points, 38 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 blocks and 6 steals in 200 minutes (8.0) in 25 games this season... Tallied 4 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and a steal at Tulsa (3/6)... 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 14.3 points (T-1st SMU, T-13th C-USA), 4.3 assists (1st SMU, 7th C-USA, 109th NCAA), in 36.1 minutes (1st SMU, 2nd C-USA)... Has scored in double-figures in all but four games this season and in 16 straight games (every game of 2013)... 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 16 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 8.5 points and 5.1 rebounds... Shooting 40.0% on 3FGs overall (9th C-USA); Connecting on 40.4% 3FGs in C-USA play (8th 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:
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.
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).
MUSTANGS' INTERNATIONAL: The Mustangs played in the Hoops for Hope Tournament in Puerrto Vallarta, Mexico, on Nov. 24 and 25. The Mustangs had played in two previous international tournaments: The San Juan Shootout (San Juan, P.R.) during the 2000-01 season and the Suntory Ball Classic (Tokyo, Japan) in the 1986-87 campaign. SMU has also participated in two offseason international tours: Canada in 2003 and the Tour d' Africa in 2008.