Men's Basketball Opens The 2012-13 Season At Home On Sunday At 6pm
Nov. 7, 2012
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT Lions (0-0) at SMU Mustangs (0-0)
SMU opens 2012-13 season under its new head coach, Hall of Famer Larry Brown, by hosting Loyola Marymount at Moody Coliseum on Sunday at 6 p.m. The Mustangs' opener is the start of nine games in 21 days.
Coach Brown begins his 38th season as a head coach and eighth at the collegiate level. His roster includes one senior (London Giles), two juniors (Shawn Williams and Nick Russell), four sophomores (Cannen Cunningham, Kevin Dunleavy, Jalen Jones, Ryan Manuel) and five freshmen (Brian Bernardi, Jordan Dickerson, Blaise Mbargorba, Uche Ofoegbu, Garrett Wilson). The Mustangs also have three transfers that will miss the 2012-13 campaign: Crandall Head, Markus Kennedy and Nic Moore.
SMU IN OPENERS: 56-40 (Last season, def. McMurry 78-49) - This is the Mustangs' 97th season of basketball.
SMU WHEN OPENING AT HOME: 39-16 (Last season, def. McMurry 78-49)
SMU IN HOME OPENERS: 61-35 and 40-16 in home openers at Moody Coliseum (57th season). SMU has won 13 of the last 16 home-openers.
SMU IN ROAD OPENERS: 34-62 all-time in their first game away from home (at TCU on Thu., Nov. 15 at 7pm)
Larry Brown IN SEASON OPENERS: 6-1 in NCAA, 22-15 Overall 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 (Denver, Colo.) 1986-87 Kansas UT-Martin W 88-69 1987-88 Kansas at Chaminade W 89-62 Maui Invitational
Larry Brown WHEN OPENING SEASON AT HOME: 3-0 in NCAA, 11-4 Overall
Larry Brown IN ROAD OPENERS: 3-4 in NCAA, 14-23 Overall (at TCU on Thu., Nov. 15 at 7pm)
Larry Brown AT HOME (NCAA): His teams are 95-11 (.896) at home. 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).
UP NEXT: The Mustangs play a pair on the road; at TCU on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and at Texas State on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. The next home game is the opener for the Hoops for Hope Classic on Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. versus Malone.
THE SERIES VS. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (0-0): The teams are meeting for the first time.
LAST MEETING VS. LMU: N/A
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 1624-1187 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 177-61, making the NCAA tournament in each of his previous seven season including three Final Fours (1980, 1986, 1988) and the 1988 NCAA title.
BIG EAST: Dec. 7, 2011 - SMU accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST Conference in all sports, President R. Gerald Turner announced, fulfilling the University's goal to join a Bowl Championship Series Automatic Qualifier (BCS-AQ) conference, a standard of excellence in college athletics today. SMU, Houston and the UCF accepted full membership into the BIG EAST while Boise State and San Diego State will compete as members in the sport of football. The BIG EAST Conference Board of Directors, by a unanimous vote of its Presidents, extended the invitations for membership. SMU, Houston and UCF will begin competing in all BIG EAST-sponsored sports in the 2013-14 academic year, while Boise State and San Diego State will start competing in football in the 2013 season. Memphis also accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST in all sports on Feb. 7.
COVERING PRACTICE: The SMU men's basketball team practices at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding game days). 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.
TRANSFERS: SMU has 3 transfers sitting out this season Player From Years Remaining Crandall Head Illinois 2 Markus Kennedy Villanova 3 Nic Moore Illinois State 3
Brian Bernardi (Fr.): As a senior at Xavieran HS (N.Y.), averaged 19 points and was selected All-CHSAA (first team), All-New York City (second team) and All-State (second team).
Cannen Cunningham (So.): Last season, played in 31 games with 3 starts...Averaged 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds with a team-high 18 blocked shots.
Jordan Dickerson (Fr.): At IMG Academy, he averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks as the team went 28-2.
KEVIN DUNLEAVY (So.): Played in 3 games last season.
London Giles (Sr.): Last season, he played in 31 games with 27 starts while averaging 10.0 points (2nd on team), 2.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals (T-12th C-USA) and 1.1 assists while shooting 37.9% 3FGs (50-132) and 81.4% FTs (57-70).
Crandall Head (Transfer): Transferred after sophomore season at Illinois...Played in 26 games over 2 seasons at Illinois.
Jalen Jones (So.): Last season, played in 32 games (18 starts)...Averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds with 22 steals, 19 assists and 12 blocks.
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.): Last season, played in 32 games...Averaged 3.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist with 17 steals while shooting 52.5% FGs (31- 59).
Blaise Mbargorba (Fr.): As a senior at The Peddie School (N.J.), he averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots...Named All-State first team (N.J.).
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.): As a senior at Stevens HS in San Antonio, he averaged 21 points and was named All-District, All-Region and first-team All-State in 5A.
Nick Russell (Jr.): Sat out last season after transferring from Kansas State.
Shawn Williams (Jr.): Last season, he played in 24 games (17 starts)...Averaged 5.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists with 20 steals and 10 blocked shots...was also a team captain.
Garrett Wilson (Fr.): As a senior at Cinco Ranch HS (Katy, Texas), he was named All-State while averaging 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Larry Brown IN OT (NCAA): 3-4 1/16/81 UCLA at Arizona State L 74-78 (3ot) Pac 10 Conference Game 1/4/86 Kansas at Memphis L 80-83 3/21/86 Kansas vs. Michigan State W 96-86 NCAA Regional SF (Kansas City, Mo.) 12/29/86 Kansas vs. Ohio State L 78-79 Rainbow Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii) 12/30/86 Kansas at Hawaii W 81-80 Rainbow Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii) 2/4/87 Kansas at Kansas State W 80-75 (2ot) Big 8 Conference Game 2/28/87 Kansas at Nebraska L 81-83 Big 8 Conference Game
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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. 1. Chicago Bulls 2. Cleveland Cavaliers 3. Dallas Mavericks 4. Denver Nuggets 5. Detroit Pistons 6. Indiana Pacers 7. Golden State Warriors 8. New Orleans Hornets 9. Philadelphia 76ers 10. San Antonio Spurs 11. Utah Jazz