2013-14 Year In Review
April 14, 2014
[-/RV] SMU climbed to the national spotlight in 2013-14. The Mustangs went 27-10, earning a No. 1 seed in the NIT and eventually reaching the title game at Madison Square Garden in New York. SMU was in the top 25 in four of the last five regular season polls, being ranked for the first time since 1984-85. The Mustangs also set a single-season home attendance record that included nine sellouts in the renovated Moody Coliseum. SMU finished tied for third in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference, going 12-6 with two wins over NCAA Champion Connecticut as well as wins over NCAA Tournament teams Cincinnati and Memphis.
SMU's 27 wins was the second-most in program history, and the most since recording 28 wins in the 1987-88 season. SMU finished with a program-record tying 12 conference wins, best since winning the 1993 Southwest Conference title (12-2). The Mustangs' third-place conference finish was the best since 2002-03 (WAC). The Mustangs tied for the third-best single-season turnaround in the nation this year, recording 27 wins, a +12 turnaround compared to SMU's 15-17 record in 2012-13.
The Mustangs went 18-1 at home this season, setting a record for home victories, including a 12-1 mark inside Moody Coliseum. SMU also broke its season attendance record, setting the new mark at 107,412 (was 101,296 in 1984-85). The Mustangs sold out nine of 13 games in Moody Coliseum this season, a building record.
On March 20, head coach Larry Brown was selected as one of five finalists for the 2014 Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year, given by the Atlanta Sports Council. Brown won the award with Kansas in 1988, a team that would go on to win the national title. In April, Brown was also named one of 10 finalists for the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year award. Brown was also named one of three finalists for the Jewish Coaches Association National Coach of the Year award. In addition, the SMU second-year head coach was named the USBWA District VII Coach of the Year. Brown, who completed his second season on the Hilltop, and the Mustangs (27-10) posted the top NCAA RPI turnaround (among teams in the top-100) from 2012-13 to 2013-14, improving their mark 160 spots from 213 a year ago to 53 in the March 17 release.
The Mustangs finished seventh in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st American), holding opponents to 38.5% (sixth in SMU history). The Mustang defense allowed just 62.2 (fifth in SMU history) points per game, 24th in the NCAA (3rd American). SMU held 23 of 37 opponents under 40% shooting, and the Mustangs outrebounded 26 of 37 opponents this season. The Mustangs' +4.8 rebounding margin was their fourth-best in program history.
On offense, SMU led the conference in field-goal percentage, shooting 48.3% (18th NCAA/10th in SMU history). The Mustangs also shot 37.9% (fifth at SMU) from beyond the arc, good for second in the conference. SMU was third in the league in assists per game at 15.2 (34th NCAA), and averaged 71.0 points per game. Additionally, the Mustangs outscored 31 of 37 opponents in the paint by an average of 33.4-21.8.
The Mustangs received votes in the final USA Today Coaches' Poll. On March 10, SMU was ranked in both polls, the first season the Mustangs have been ranked in the AP Poll and the coaches' poll in the same week. The Mustangs got as high as No. 18 in both polls (March 3). SMU received votes in the AP Poll for eight-straight weeks, and in the USA Today Coaches' Poll for nine-straight polls. The Mustangs finished the regular season at No. 53 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 55. SMU finished the campaign 7-7 against teams in the RPI top 100.
Sophomores Nic Moore (First Team) and Markus Kennedy (Second Team) earned all-league honors on March 11, and were named to the National Invitation Tournament All-Tournament Team on April 3. Moore also earned First Team All-District 25 from the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and was named to the USBWA All-District VII First Team on March 11. Kennedy was honored on the NABC All-District 25 Second Team.
NIT FINAL (L, 65-63 VS. MINNESOTA ON APRIL 3): -- NEW YORK (AP) -- Austin Hollins hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 46.1 seconds left and Minnesota won the NIT championship, beating SMU 65-63 to give the Pitino family its latest postseason tournament title. Hollins scored 19 points and Andre Hollins had 14 for the Golden Gophers (25-13), who took home the trophy for the third time. Nic Moore had 17 points and Nick Russell added 15 for the Mustangs, who led by seven with less than 6 minutes to play. Moore and Markus Kennedy were both named to the All-Tournament Team for the Mustangs. Andre Hollins hit three of four free throws in the final 16.3 seconds to keep help keep Minnesota in front. DeAndre Mathieu scored all 13 his points in the second half for the Gophers. Austin Hollins was selected the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. The 73-year-old Larry Brown has turned things around in two seasons at SMU, and his latest reclamation project was the favorite going into the NIT after being one of the last teams snubbed by the NCAA tournament. The championship game matched two coaches with boyhood roots in the Big Apple. Just like Brown, Pitino's father once coached the Knicks, leading them to a division title and two playoff appearances from 1987-89. Brown was given a warm hand from the crowd before the opening tip Thursday. Looking to tie the school record for wins set during the 1987-88 season, SMU was playing in only its third NIT and first national tournament final.
NIT SEMIFINAL (W, 65-59 VS. CLEMSON ON APRIL 1): -- NEW YORK (AP) -- Markus Kennedy had 21 points, including the clinching three-point play, and SMU rallied from 13 down in the second half to beat Clemson 65-59 Tuesday night, sending Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown into the NIT championship game in his old backyard. Nic Moore added 13 points and Nick Russell scored 10 for the Mustangs (27-9), who will play Minnesota or Florida State for the title Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. Rod Hall had 18 points and five assists for third-seeded Clemson (23-13), still looking for its first NIT crown after three trips to the semifinals. High-flying forward K.J. McDaniels, the team's leading scorer at 17.2 points per game, was held to 11 on 4-of-11 shooting. Landry Nnoko and Damarcus Harrison each scored 10 for the Tigers. Harrison had all his points on perfect shooting in the first half, when Clemson shot 56 percent -- including 6 of 9 from 3-point range. But he went 0 for 5 and Hall was 1 of 6 as the Mustangs buckled down after halftime, harassing the Tigers into 6-for-25 shooting (24 percent). Meanwhile, the Mustangs went 13 for 22 (59 percent) in the second half after shooting 37 percent in the first 20 minutes. Kennedy shot 8 for 13 overall and finished with nine rebounds, four fouls and three steals in 24 minutes. SMU trailed 41-28 early in the second half but erased the deficit with a 17-4 spurt as chants of "SMU! SMU!" rang out in the Garden. Russell's 3-pointer tied it at 45 with 10:30 left, and a jumper 5 minutes later by Moore tied it again at 53. After a free throw by Moore, two foul shots from Hall trimmed the deficit to 56-55. Kennedy then scored in the lane before McDaniels dunked on a baseline drive to make it 58-57 with 21 seconds to go. Russell drained two free throws before Hall did the same, leaving the score 60-59 with 8.2 seconds left. That's when Kennedy got free behind the Clemson press and took in a home run pass from Moore for a layup. Kennedy was fouled on the play and hit the free throw to make it 63-59 with 7.2 seconds left. Moore added two foul shots for the final margin.
NIT QUARTERFINAL (W, 67-65 VS. CALIFORNIA ON MARCH 26): -- DALLAS (AP) -- Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown is headed back to Madison Square Garden, this time taking his SMU Mustangs to the NIT semifinals. Nic Moore provided one more dose of Moody Magic, getting a nice screen from Markus Kennedy on a seldom-used play to make a 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds left Wednesday night to push the Mustangs past California 67-65. SMU, after its only three-game losing streak of the season, has rebounded with three consecutive NIT victories at home. The Mustangs finished their first season 12-1 at the renovated Moody Coliseum, where the sellout crowd included former President George W. Bush and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Kennedy led the Mustangs with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Moore had 11 points, none bigger than the final shot a few steps in front of Brown. Jabari Bird scored 15 of his 20 points after halftime, when Cal (21-14) had to overcome a seven-point deficit. Justin Cobbs had 18 points and David Kravish 12. The Mustangs play Tuesday night against Clemson (23-12), the NIT's only non-No. 1 seed to make it to Madison Square Garden. SMU has played at Madison Square Garden only once, a 76-72 loss to St. John's on Dec. 7, 1950. The 73-year-old Brown has been there plenty of times as a coach, including as the New York Knicks coach in 2006-06 when they were 23-59. He returned several times later during his 2 1/2 seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats. SMU regained the lead for the first time in more than 8 minutes when Nick Russell, one of two Mustang seniors, made a reverse layup with 36 seconds left. With the crowd on its feet -- jumping up and down while screaming their loudest -- Cobbs quieted them briefly when he made a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to put the Golden Bears ahead. Cobbs had one more chance, but his game-ending shot ricocheted off the rim as he fell to the ground in the Cal bench.
NIT SECOND ROUND (W, 80-67 VS. LSU ON MARCH 24): -- DALLAS (AP) -- SMU relied on one of the nation's stingiest defenses to have the program's best season since 1987-88. That defense got a boost from the Mustangs' hot-shooting offense in the second half of an 80-67 victory against LSU in the second round of the NIT on Monday night. SMU rallied from a 10-point, first-half deficit and shot a sizzling 64.3 percent in the second half to pull away down the stretch. The Mustangs (25-9), seeded first in their region, will host No. 2 seed California on Wednesday. Mustangs Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown explained how his defense -- fourth in NCAA Division I this season in field goal percentage against -- let loose his offense. SMU's balanced offense was led by Nick Russell (16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4 of 5 on 3-pointers) and Nic Moore (16 points on 6 of 9, including 2 of 3 on treys). LSU (20-14) was led by Johnny O'Bryant III's 16 points. Andre Stringer scored 15 -- all on 3s. Russell, a senior who played his first two collegiate seasons at Kansas State, also led SMU with seven rebounds. Russell said he couldn't get a sense of whether it was going to be a good or bad shooting night before the game at Moody Coliseum.
NIT FIRST ROUND (W, 68-54 VS. UC IRVINE ON MARCH 19): -- DALLAS (AP) -- Cannen Cunningham scored 17 points to lead SMU to a 68-54 victory Wednesday night over UC-Irvine in the first round of the NIT, giving Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown his first college postseason victory in 26 years. Ben Moore added 11 points in the Mustangs' first NIT win since 2000. Nick Russell had 10. Top-seeded SMU, which was ranked as high as No. 18 this month, lost its final three games of the season to miss out on the 68-team NCAA tournament. The Mustangs will face LSU in the second round. SMU used a 23-7 run in the second half to erase a 35-29 deficit, scoring inside and hitting free throws to balloon the lead to 53-42 with 8:16 left. However, less than 2 minutes later, officials determined the Mustangs inadvertently were given a 1-and-1 opportunity too early, and they subtracted two points from the hosts to make it 51-44 with 7:24 left. Soon after the overturned call, a UC-Irvine foul was overturned after discussion by the referees. Luke Nelson led No. 8 seed UC-Irvine (23-12) with 13 points, and Alex Young chipped in 10. After the Anteaters turned a 30-29 halftime lead into a 35-29 advantage less than three minutes into the second half, SMU cranked up its intensity to erase the lead.
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 1695-1219 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 219-88 (42-27 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 120-19 (.863) at home. He is 25-8 (.758) 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 53-46 (.535) in road games, 12-13 (.480) at SMU.
Larry Brown IN NEUTRAL SITE GAMES (NCAA): His teams are 46-23 (.667) in neutral site games. He is 5-6 (.455) in neutral site games with SMU.
Larry Brown IN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT GAMES: Brown is 9-5 (.643) in conference tournament games with two titles. He is 0-2 at SMU. While at Kansas, his teams won the 1984 and 1986 Big Eight Tournaments.
Larry Brown IN POSTSEASON TOURNAMENTS: His teams are 23-7 (.767) in the postseason, including a 4-1 NIT record and a 19-6 (.760) NCAA Tournament mark. His teams have reached the Final Four three times; with UCLA in 1980 and with Kansas in 1986 and 1988. The 1988 Kansas team won the national title.
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.
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.
10...9...8...7...6.5: Sophomore Nic Moore put SMU up for good at 67-65 against California in the NIT Quarterfinals, thanks to a right-corner three-pointer with 6.5 seconds left. The triple was Moore's third of the game, his 11th game this season with 3+ three-pointers. The Winona Lake, Ind., native has made multiple three-pointers in 22 games this season. The shot was SMU's first game-winning jumper in the final 10 seconds since Nick Russell made a 10-foot right-winger to send SMU past Missouri State 62-61 on Nov. 25, 2012.
20 WIN PLATEAU: The Mustangs 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 finished with 27 wins for the first time since the 1987-88 season, when the Mustangs went 24-6 in the regular season and 28-7 overall. 2013-14 also marked the earliest calendar date (Feb. 14) the Mustangs 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 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 reached 20 wins in 25 games or less. This season was SMU's eighth 20-win regular season. SMU also had 12 conference wins for the first time since the 1992-93 season (SWC).
"AP"PROPRIATE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: SMU was ranked in both polls this season for the first time in program history. The Mustangs got as high as No. 18 in both polls (March 3). SMU received votes in the AP Poll for eight-straight weeks and in the USA Today Coaches' Poll for nine-straight polls. The Mustangs finished at No. 53 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 55. SMU was 7-7 against teams in the RPI top 100.
ATTENDANCE UP: The Mustangs broke the 100,000 mark in total attendance for the second time in program history on March 24 against LSU (101,296 in 1984-85). SMU's March 26 meeting with California snapped the program's single-season attendance record, setting the new standard at 107,412. SMU averaged 5,653 this season, including an average of 6,709 in the 13 games in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum. SMU's NIT Quarterfinal (7,038) was the Mustangs' ninth sellout of the season, a Moody Coliseum record. SMU also recorded sellouts against Connecticut (7,166), Memphis (7,058), Temple (6,852), Cincinnati (7,278), Houston (6,991) UCF (7,086), Louisville (7,305) and LSU (7,021). 2013-14 marks the first season SMU 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 for its 16 games in Moody. SMU had 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 averaged at least 5.0 points per game. The team averaged 71.0 points per game with Nic Moore (13.6) and Markus Kennedy (12.4) in double figures. SMU's 2,627 points is 2nd on SMU's all-time list.
BENCH SCORING: SMU averaged 25.6 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).
BLOCK PARTY: The Mustangs accumulated 165 blocked shots this season, the new SMU single-season record. Sophomore Markus Kennedy led the team with 44 blocks this season, followed by 33 from junior Cannen Cunningham.
BROWN NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Head coach Larry Brown was selected as one of five finalists for the 2014 Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year (March 20), given by the Atlanta Sports Council. Brown won the award with Kansas in 1988, a team that would go on to win the national title. Earlier this month, Brown was also named one of 10 finalists for the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year award, and one of three finalists for the Jewish Coaches Association National Coach of the Year award. In addition, the SMU second-year head coach was named the USBWA District VII Coach of the Year. Brown, who completed his second season on the Hilltop, and the Mustangs (27-10) have posted the top NCAA RPI turnaround (among teams in the top-100) from 2012-13 to 2013-14, improving their mark 160 spots from 213 a year ago to 53 in the March 17 release.
COMEBACK KIDS: The Mustangs erased eight 8+ point deficits and went on to win the game this season. Four of the eight games came in the Mustangs' first four NIT Games (UC Irvine, 8; LSU, 10; California, 9; Clemson, 13). SMU entered the tournament with a 4-6 record this season when trailing at the intermission, but erased half time deficits in its first four NIT games.
CRASHING THE GLASS: The Mustangs outrebounded their opponents in 26 of 37 games, averaging 36.0 rebounds per game compared to their opponents' 31.3 per game. SMU finished 36th in the nation and 1st in The American in rebounding margin at +4.8 (4th in SMU history). The Mustangs hauled in double-digit offensive rebounds in 20 of 37 games and had 15+ offensive rebounds 8 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 averaged 11.7 second chance points in 2013-14, outscoring their opponents in that department in 25 of 37 games this season. SMU scored in double digits in 26 games in that department in 2013-14. The Mustangs outscored their opponents by 10+ in second chance points five times, including a 16-0 margin in SMU's NIT Quarterfinal win against California.
FG% 50+: In 13 games this year, including the Mustangs' 80-67 win against LSU (57.9%), SMU 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 were 18th in the nation and 1st in The American in field-goal percentage at 48.3% (10th at SMU).
FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU held opponents to 38.5% from the field (1st American, 7th NCAA, 6th SMU). 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 held 29 of its last 46 (23 of 37 this year) opponents under 40%. The Mustangs held the opposition to 35% shooting or less 13 times this season. SMU held 11 opponents this year to 30% or less from the field in the first half. In 2012-13, 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.
IN IT TO WI-NIT: SMU is 17-14 in postseason play after reaching the NIT Final (L, 65-63 vs. Minnesota). 2013-14 marks SMU's third bid to the NIT, and the program's win over UC Irvine (March 19) was its first NIT win in program history (now 4-3). The Mustangs also improved to 6-2 in postseason games in Moody Coliseum on March 26.
A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS: SMU finished 3rd in The American and 34th in the nation in assists 15.2. The Mustangs assisted on at least 50% of their field goals in 33 of 37 games (23 of last 25) this season. SMU dished out 20 or more assists in 6 games in 2013-14. Nic Moore (181) and Nick Russell (119) 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 18-1 at home this season, including a 12-1 mark inside the renovated Moody Coliseum. SMU started 15-0 at home for the first time since the 1984-85 season (started 15-0; finished 15-1). SMU averaged 75.7 points per game at home, and had a scoring margin of +16.3. The Mustangs shot 51.6 percent in home games, and held opponents to 36.5 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 sold out nine games this year, including eight of the last nine. The renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum was completed in December so the Mustangs could host all conference and postseason 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 17-19 under Larry Brown in road/neutral games (12-13 road/5-6 neutral). This season, SMU was 9-9 away from home with a 6-6 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: 25 of the Mustangs' games aired on national television this season, 10 more than the last five years combined. 17 of SMU's 18 American Athletic Conference games aired 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 outscored their opponents in the paint in 31 of 37 games this year (at USF, at Rutgers, Houston (tied), UCF, at Memphis, vs. Houston). SMU 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 scored 40+ paint points 8 times. On average, the Mustangs outscored their opponents in the key by a count of 33.4-21.8.
PASSING LANE CLOSED: Markus Kennedy (57) and Nic Moore (54) recorded 50+ steals this season, the first Mustang duo to do so since Willie Davis (67), Jeryl Sasser (54) and Stephen Woods (51) did so in the 1999-00 season. The 2013-14 Mustangs had 282 steals, good for 2nd on SMU's all-time list. The Mustangs had a +10 steal differential (13-3) in their first-round win over UC Irvine, the first time the Mustangs have done that since Feb. 10, 2005 (15-5) in the SMU's 66-46 win over San Jose State. SMU was 4th in The American and 34th in the nation in steals per game with 7.6.
POSTSEASON PLAY: SMU improved to 17-17 in the postseason, reaching the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden. 2013-14 marks SMU's third bid to the NIT, and the program's win over UC Irvine (March 19) was its first NIT win in program history (now 4-3). The Mustangs also improved to 6-2 in postseason games in Moody Coliseum on March 26.
RPI WATCH: The Mustangs entered the postseason (Thru March 16) at No. 53 in the NCAA Men's Basketball RPI, one of five American Athletic Conference teams in the top 55. SMU is 7-7 against teams in the RPI top 100, including two wins over No. 22 Connecticut, and wins over No. 24 Cincinnati, No. 44 Memphis, No. 45 Clemson, No. 63 California and No. 83 LSU. Six of the nine Mustang losses have come against teams in the top 100, including five in the top 30 (at Arkansas 77, vs. Virginia 8, at Cincinnati 21, at Louisville 19, Louisville 19, Memphis 37).
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 on Dec. 21, 2003. SMU is 4-3 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 also recorded top-25 wins over No. 22/22 Memphis (87-72) and No. 17/15 Connecticut (74-65). 2013-14 also marked the first season the Mustangs defeated three or more ranked teams at home in program history.
Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): Played in all 37 games, starting 26, averaging 4.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Scored 8 points and hauled in a team-high 7 rebounds in SMU's 68-54 first-round NIT win over UC Irvine. 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 37 games, averaging 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Tallied a season-high 17 points off the bench, while adding 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 20 minutes in SMU's 68-54 first-round NIT win over UC Irvine. Scored 14 points (10 first half), to go along 5 rebounds, 1 block and a steal against in the conference tournament against Houston. 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. Netted 14 points to go along with a season-high 3 blocks and 3 rebounds against Hofstra (1/19). Tied a season-high in rebounds with 6 in SMU's win over UTPA...CAREER RANKINGS: 110 blocks, good for 7th at SMU, 9th in blocked shot average (1.1).
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.
Keith Frazier (6-5, 190, G, Fr.): Played in 36 games, averaging 5.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 14.8 minutes per game...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Tallied a double-figure night for the fourth time in his career, scoring 11 in SMU's 80-67 NIT Second Round victory over LSU. 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.
Crandall Head (6-4, 180, G, RS-Jr.): Played in 28 games, averaging 0.9 points and 0.9 rebounds in 5.8 minutes...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: 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 37 games, starting 22, averaging 12.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.6 assists in 25.0 minutes. In conference play, averaged 13.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.8 assists and 1.4 blocks... CONFERENCE RANKINGS: 5th in FG% (53.4), 13th in blocked shots (1.2), 6th in rebounding (7.1) 5th in defensive rebounds (5.1) ...NATIONAL RANKINGS: 93rd in total rebounds (261) and 79th in total steals (57) ...AWARDS: NIT All-Tournament Team NABC District 25 Second Team. American Athletic Conference Second Team - American Athletic Conference Honor Roll four times (12/23, 1/20, 1/27, 3/3)...STREAKS: Led (or tied the lead) SMU in scoring and rebounding in the same game 12 times this season. Scored in double figures in 14-straight games (Dec. 4-Feb. 1) and recorded 5 double-doubles in that stretch... GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Scored a career-high 21 points to go along with 9 rebounds in SMU's NIT Semifinal win over Clemson. Tallied his sixth double-double of the season in SMU's NIT Quarterfinal win over California, netting 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Scored a career-high 21 points to go along with a career-high 15 rebounds in SMU's home win over No 22/22 Memphis . 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... CAREER RANKINGS: 7th in blocked shots average (1.1) and 8th in steals average (1.5) ...SEASON RANKINGS: 16th in blocked shots (44), 11th in steals (57) and 19th in rebounds (261).
Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Played in 36 of 37 games, starting 11, averaging 4.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 17.2 minutes... GAME HIGHLIGHTS: 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... CAREER RANKINGS: 18th in free-throws made (284).
Ben Moore (6-8, 185, F, Fr.): Played in all 37 games, averaging 6.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.8 minutes...AWARDS - American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week three times (11/18, 1/27, 2/10)...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: 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...SEASON RANKINGS: 4th in field-goal percentage (61.3).
Nic Moore (5-9, 170, G, RS-So.): Started all 37 games, averaging 13.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 32.2 minutes. In conference play, averaged 14.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals...CONFERENCE RANKINGS: 15th in scoring (13.6), 15th in FG% (46.4), 2nd in assists (4.9), 6th in FT% (82.5), 2nd in 3PT FG% (43.6), 7th in 3PT made (1.9) and 4th in assist/turnover ratio (2.1)...NATIONAL RANKINGS: 57th in assists per game (4.9), 33rd in total assists (181) and 93rd in assist/turnover ratio...AWARDS: NIT All-Tournament Team NABC District 25 First Team, USBWA All-District Team American Athletic Conference First Team - American Athletic Conference Honor Roll eight times (11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 1/6, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 and 2/24)...STREAK: Scored in double figures in 30 of 37 games, and has made multiple 3PT field goals in 23 of 37 games...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Netted a game-winning 3PT FG with 6.5 seconds left in SMU's 67-65 win over California in the NIT Quarterfinals, three of his 11 in the game. Tallied 16 points and 5 assists in SMU's NIT Second Round win over LSU. Scored 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... 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...SEASON RANKINGS: 28th in points (503), 8th in 3PT field-goal percentage (43.6), 10th in three-pointers made (72), 9th in assists (181), 12th in assists (54) and 21st in free-throw percentage (82.5)...CAREER RANKINGS: 2nd in 3PT field-goal percentage (43.6), 20th in 3PT field goals made (72), 4th in assists average (4.9), 8th in steals average (1.5) and free-throw percentage (82.5).
Yanick Moreira (6-11, 220, C, Jr.): Played 23 games, starting 14, averaging 6.0 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14.0 minutes...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Scored 4 points and hauled in 5 rebounds to go along with 2 blocks in 16 minutes, his highest minute total since injuring his knee on Feb. 6. 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...CONFERENCE RANKINGS (At time of Injury): 7th in FG% (56.6), 14th in defensive rebounds (3.9)... AWARDS: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll (11/25).
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.
Nick Russell (6-4, 210, G, RS-Sr.): Played in all 37 games, starting 36, averaging 9.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals in 32.5 minutes per game. CONFERENCE RANKINGS: 11th in assists (3.2), 7th in FT% (80.2), 11th in assist/turnover ratio (1.3)... AWARDS: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll (3/10)...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Hit a go-ahead layup with 36 seconds, two of his eight points in SMU's 67-65 win over California in the NIT Quarterfinals. Co-led SMU with 16 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes in SMU's NIT Second Round win over LSU. 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... CAREER RANKINGS: 18th in assists (257), 14th in assists average (3.7) and 16th in steals average (1.2).
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 37 games, starting 36, averaging 5.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Scored 11 points (5-7 shooting) to go along with 4 rebounds, 2 steals, an assist and a block in 24 minutes in SMU's 80-67 win over LSU. 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. ..CAREER RANKINGS: 15th in games started (85).
Larry Brown IN OT (NCAA): 3-6
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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.
NEW COURT DESIGN FOR NEW MOODY: The new floor has a classic and clean look to it. The court will have a blue border with white lines marking the lanes, three-point arcs and mid-court stripe. The center-court logo includes the blue SMU word mark and red pony. The new design also focuses on branding the University and SMU Athletics as the Mustangs' exposure reaches unprecedented levels - all 18 men's conference games are nationally televised during the inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference.
GENE PHILLIPS INDUCTED TO SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE SPORTS HOF: SMU Hall of Famer Gene Phillips was inducted into the Southwest Conference (SWC) Hall of Fame on Oct. 28. The SWC HOF is sponsored by Texas Sports Hall of Fame (Waco). Phillips played at SMU from 1968-71 and was a three-time SWC Player of the Year. He averaged 26.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during his three-seasons on the Hilltop. He set the program record with 1,932 career points, which is still second. His 26.1 points per game for a career are also the SMU standard. He holds the marks for the top two seasons at SMU in scoring and scoring avg.; totaling 737 points with a 28.3 avg. in 1970-71 and adding 685 points for a 28.5 avg. in 1969-70. He set the SMU and SWC record with 51 points at Texas on March 2, 1971, and scored 30 or more points 24 times. He was selected by Milwaukee in the 1971 NBA Draft and played two seasons with ABA's Dallas Chaparrals.