Season Begins In Tip-Off Showcase Vs. TCU On Friday At 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 4, 2013
The Last Meeting
November 15, 2012
Fort Worth, Texas
SMU basketball opens its 98th season and second under head coach Larry Brown on Friday at 6:30 p.m. against crosstown rival TCU in the Tip-Off Showcase at the American Airlines Center.
SMU begins its first season in the American Athletic Conference with all five starters returning while adding the No. 14 ranked recruiting class and three transfers who sat out last season. The Mustangs' returning starters of Cannen Cunningham, Jalen Jones, Ryan Manuel, Nick Russell and Shawn Williams are joined by transfers Nic Moore (from Illinois State), Markus Kennedy (from Villanova) and Crandall Head (from Illinois). The recruiting class includes McDonald's All-American Keith Frazier, one of the nation's top junior college prospects in Yanick Moreira, and a pair of Illinois' Mr. Basketball finalists from the Chicago area in Sterling Brown and Ben Moore. The Mustangs also return Kevin Dunleavy and add newcomers Jean-Micheal Mudiay and Jonathan Wilfong.
Last season, SMU led Conference USA in field goal percentage defense (.395) (29th NCAA) and free throw percentage (.745) (39th NCAA) while ranking second in the league in scoring defense (62.7). The Mustangs finished in the top 10 in its single-season record book in scoring defense (62.7, 6th), FG% defense (.395, 9th), blocked shots average (4.1, T-7th), 3FG% (.345, 8th) and FT% (.745, 6th).
On Jan. 4, SMU will host Connecticut as basketball returns to Moody Coliseum. The $47 million renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum will be completed in December, so the Mustangs will host all conference games on campus. The renovated Moody Coliseum will provide many new and improved features, including a renovated main entry lobby, expanded concourses with raised ceilings, club seats, loge boxes, private suites, group suites, new event space, offices, team locker rooms and meeting space.
THE SERIES VS. TCU (103-85): This is the 189th meeting between the two schools with SMU holding a 103-85 advantage. The Mustangs won last season's meeting 64-61 in Fort Worth. SMU is 2-4 all-time when playing the Horned Frogs in neutral-site games, but all six previous neutral-site contests were part of a conference holiday tournament or conference postseason tournament. The series dates back to the 1918-19 season with SMU winning the first matchup 30-19 in Dallas and then falling 35-32 in Fort Worth. The rivals were members of the Southwest Conference from 1918-1996 with SMU going 84-64 in league games. The duo then moved to the Western Athletic Conference with TCU going 9-1 against SMU in league play from 1996-2001.
SMU VS. TCU IN SEASON-OPENERS (1-1): The Mustangs and Horned Frogs have met twice in season openers, with the two programs splitting the meetings. SMU won the 2002 encounter 87-84 in overtime in Dallas, and TCU won the 1936 matchup by a count of 29-23 in Fort Worth.
LAST MEETING VS. TCU (W, 64-61 at TCU on Nov. 15, 2012): FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Jalen Jones scored a career-high 21 points, including a career-high four 3-pointers, and SMU improved to 2-0 under coach Larry Brown with a 64-61 victory at TCU. Ryan Manuel added 16 points and Nick Russell 12 for the Mustangs, who held on despite missing five free throws in the last 15 seconds. TCU (2-1) played without junior forward Amric Fields, who was hurt only 12 seconds into the game when his right knee buckled awkwardly and he fell to the floor after taking a pass in the lane. After Fields was helped off the court and to the locker room without putting any weight on his right leg, SMU scored the first five points and never trailed, leading wire-to-wire. The Mustangs' biggest lead was 11 at the 13:17 mark of the second half (47-36). SMU led at halftime 33-26.
FAMILIAR FOE: SMU has played 7 opponents more than 100 times.
SMU IN OPENERS: 57-40 (Last season, def. Loyola Marymount 73-58) - This is the Mustangs' 98th season of basketball.
SMU IN ROAD/NEUTRAL OPENERS: 35-62 all-time in their first game away from home. Last season, SMU's first road game was a 64-61 win at TCU on Nov. 15.
NEUTRAL-SITE OPENERS: SMU is opening at a neutral site for the third time in its history, and the second time on a neutral floor in Texas. The Mustangs topped West Texas State in 1940 in Childress, Texas (34-32). SMU's only other neutral site opener came on Nov. 12, 2006, when the Mustangs beat Illinois State 57-55 in the first game of the Colonial Classic in Tallahassee, Fla.
SMU IN HOME OPENERS: 62-35 and 41-16 in home openers at Moody Coliseum (58th season). SMU has won 14 of the last 17 home-openers. The Mustangs host Rhode Island on Monday at the Curtis Culwell Center at 7 p.m. Last season, SMU defeated Loyola Marymount 73-58 in Moody Coliseum in the season-opener.
UP NEXT: The Mustangs host Rhode Island at the Curtis Culwell Center on Monday at 7 p.m. before playing at Arkansas on Nov. 18.
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 1668-1209 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 192-78 (15-17 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 7 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 102-18 (.850) at home. He is 7-7 (.500) 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 47-40 (.540) in road games. He is 6-7 (.462) at SMU.
Larry Brown IN NEUTRAL SITE GAMES (NCAA): His teams are 43-20 (.683) in neutral site games. He is 2-3 (.400) in neutral site games with SMU.
Larry Brown IN SEASON OPENERS: 7-1 in NCAA, 23-15 Overall (3-0 when opening on a neutral court) 1980-81 UCLA Idaho State W 82-40 1981-82 UCLA VMI W 99-61 1983-84 Kansas at Houston L 76-91 1984-85 Kansas vs. Maryland W 58-56 Anchorage, Alaska 1985-86 Kansas vs. Pepperdine W 66-61 Preseason NIT 1986-87 Kansas UT-Martin W 88-69 1987-88 Kansas vs. Chaminade W 89-62 Maui Invitational 2012-13 SMU Loyola Marymount W 73-58
Larry Brown IN HOME OPENERS: 8-0 in NCAA, 29-9 Overall (102-18 home record in NCAA games) 1980-81 UCLA Idaho State W 82-40 1981-82 UCLA VMI W 99-61 1983-84 Kansas Morehead State W 75-57 1984-85 Kansas Detroit W 86-64 1985-86 Kansas SIU-Edwardsville W 86-71 1986-87 Kansas UT-Martin W 88-69 1987-88 Kansas Pomona-Pitzer W 94-83 2012-13 SMU Loyola Marymount W 73-58
BASKETBALL RETURNS TO MOODY COLISEUM ON JAN. 4: On Jan. 4, SMU will host Connecticut as basketball returns to Moody Coliseum. That Saturday afternoon, the men will host the ESPNU-televised American Athletic Conference matchup at 1 p.m., with the women's team hosting USF at 3:30 p.m. The $47 million renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum will be completed in December, so the Mustangs will host all conference games on campus. The renovated Moody Coliseum will provide many new and improved features, including a renovated main entry lobby, expanded concourses with raised ceilings, club seats, loge boxes, private suites, group suites, new event space, offices, team locker rooms and meeting space.
SMU ADDS 1,000 NEW SEASON TICKETS: The excitement surrounding the SMU Men's Basketball team has reached a fever pitch, as over 1,000 new season tickets have been sold. The Mustangs open the renovated Moody Coliseum on Jan. 4 versus 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.
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.
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.
GENE PHILLIPS INDUCTED TO SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE SPORTS HALL OF FAME: 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 the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 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-season career 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 also holds the marks for the top two seasons at SMU in scoring and scoring average; totaling 737 points with a 28.3 average in 1970-71 and adding 685 points for a 28.5 average 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 the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1971 NBA Draft and played two seasons with the ABA's Dallas Chaparrals.
NEW COURT DESIGN FOR NEW MOODY: With the $47 million renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum moving close to completion, SMU unveiled the new floor design for the historic facility. 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.
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. Russel 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.
ATTENDANCE UP: Avg. Attendance from 2011-12 to 2012-13 - 71.1% increase (3,443 from 2,013). SMU already has more than 1,000 new season tickets for 2013-14.
DEFENSE: In 2012-13, SMU's FG% defense led C-USA at .395, which was 9th in a season at SMU and the first time the Mustangs held opponents under 40% for a season since 1961-62.
PLAYERS IN THE PROS: SMU had eight players in the pros in 2012-13: Papa Dia (Lithuania), Bamba Fall (Estonia), Mouhammad Faye (Greece), Bryan Hopkins (Belgium), Robert Nyakundi (Romania), Ike Ofoegbu (Venezuela), Quinton Ross (France) and Derek Williams (Turkey).
ROAD MUSTANGS: In 2012-13, SMU went 6-7 on the road last 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: In 2012-13, SMU led C-USA and finished 29th in the NCAA in free throw percentage (.745). All of SMU's starters shot at least 67% from the line (Ryan Manuel - 79.9%, Jalen Jones - 73.0%, Nick Russell - 73.0%, Shawn Wiliams - 69.7%, Cannen Cunningham 69.3%). The Mustangs finished 2011-12 at 67.3% and ranked 233rd in the NCAA.
STREAKS: Entering 2013-14
Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): Prep: Mr. Basketball finalist as a senior, and earned All-Illinois Third Team honors, leading his team to the 4A state semifinals, averaging 13.4 points and 10.9 rebounds.
Cannen Cunningham (6-10, 225, C, Jr.): 2012-13: Averaged 9.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, shooting 50.7% on the season a year ago. His 59 blocks in 2012-13 is tied for ninth in SMU's single season record books. SMU Career Rankings: 77 blocks, good for 10th at SMU.
Kevin Dunleavy (6-3, 180, G, Jr.): 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.): Prep: Played his high school basketball at Dallas Kimball High School. The McDonald's All-American helped advance his team to the 4A state final, averaging 23.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists in his senior campaign.
Crandall Head (6-4, 180, G, RS-Jr.): 2012-13: Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules, after arriving to SMU from Illinois.
Jalen Jones (6-7, 220, G, Jr.): 2012-13: Led the Mustangs in points and rebounds, averaging 14 points and 7.7 rebounds, recording nine double-doubles in his sophomore campaign. Turned in seven 20+ point games last season. Honors: C-USA Player of the Week on December 3.
Markus Kennedy (6-9, 245, F, RS-So.): 2012-13: Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules, after arriving to SMU from Villanova.
Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): 2012-13: Averaged 12.1 points in 33.9 minutes a season ago. Had 15 points, a career-high 10 assists and just one turnover against Houston (Feb. 2). School Record: Netted the most free-throws by a sophomore in SMU history with 167, a mark that included nine games of 7+ free throws.
Ben Moore (6-8, 185, F, Fr.): Prep: All-Illinois Honorable Mention selection and Mr. Basketball finalist, averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals in his senior campaign.
Nic Moore (5-9, 170, G, RS-So.): 2012-13: Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules, after arriving to SMU from Illinois State.
Yanick Moreira (6-11, 220, C, Jr.): 2012-13: JUCO All-America and the No. 1 junior college prospect by JUCO Junction on Rivals. Averaged 18.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocked shots and 1.2 steals to lead the nation's top ranked JUCO squad to a 22-8 record.
Jean-Micheal Mudiay (6-3, 200, G, Jr.): 2012-13: 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.): 2012-13: Second at SMU with 14.3 points per game a year ago, while also averaging 4.3 assists in 35.9 minutes per game. Scored in double-figures in all but five games last season, and in 17-straight games from Jan. 2-March 9.
Jonathan Wilfong (6-2, 185, G, Fr.): 2012-13: Averaged 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and two assists in 23.5 minutes at Memphis University School in his senior campaign.
Shawn Williams (6-7, 230, F, RS-Sr.): 2012-13: Third at SMU in rebound average with 5.2 a game in 2012-13, 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.
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 Championship. They are just the second tandem to meet as head coaches after being the head coach and MOP for the same NCAA title team.