SMU Hosts Rhode Island Monday In 2013-14 Home Opener
Nov. 10, 2013
The Last Meeting
December 15, 2012
SMU hosts Rhode Island in the home-opener on Monday at the Curtis Culwell Center at 7 p.m. The Mustangs are playing non-conference home games in Garland while the $47 million renovations to Moody Coliseum are completed. The Mustangs will play all American Athletic Conference home games on campus, beginning with Connecticut on Jan. 4.
SMU opened the season with a 69-61 win against TCU in the Buckets and Boots Showcase at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Mustangs are 62-35 in home openers, and 21-19 in home openers outside of Moody Coliseum. In the opening win against TCU, 11 Mustangs played including seven that made their SMU debut. The Mustangs had a big advantage in points in the paint (30-10), offensive rebounds (16-10) and second-chance points (19-6). On defense, SMU held TCU to 35.4% from the field in the opener. Last season, SMU was 29th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (.395). That was the first time SMU had kept opponents below 40% for a season since 1961-62.
SMU is in its first season in the American Athletic Conference with four 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, 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.
SMU IN HOME OPENERS (62-35): SMU is 62-35 in home openers with a 21-19 mark outside of Moody Coliseum and a 41-16 in home openers at Moody Coliseum (58th season). SMU has won 14 of the last 17 home-openers. Last seaosn, SMU defeated Loyola Marymount 73-58 in Moody Coliseum in the season-opener. The Mustangs will play all American Athletic Conference home games on campus, beginning with Connecticut on Jan. 4.
LAST GAME (W, 69-61 vs. TCU at American Airlines Center in Dallas): DALLAS (AP) -- Transfer guard Nic Moore had 13 points and eight rebounds in his SMU debut, and the Mustangs beat TCU 69-61 in the season opener for both teams Friday night. Moore played one season for Illinois State before transferring last year when his coach, Tim Jankovich, came with 73-year-old Larry Brown as an assistant and the head coach in waiting with SMU. After sitting out last season, Moore, a sophomore, was 4 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 8 from 3-point range, and had four assists in his return. Brandon Parrish led TCU with 13 points. Yanick Moreira matched Moore with eight rebounds. The Mustangs took the lead for good on a 14-2 run that started with a layup by Crandall Head and ended with a 3-pointer by Keith Frazier, a freshman from Dallas, which put SMU up 50-43 with 11:18 to go. TCU got within three points twice in the final 5 minutes, but turnovers and second-chance points for SMU kept the Mustangs in front. The Horned Frogs were within 60-57 with less than 4 minutes left but committed three turnovers as the Mustangs pushed the lead out to eight on two free throws from Moreira and three from Ryan Manuel, one of last year's starters who finished with 12 points. Frazier scored 11 on 3-of-5 shooting from long range. Six TCU players scored during a 13-0 run on either side of halftime that turned a 30-23 deficit into a 36-30 lead for the Horned Frogs. Parrish started the run with a layup and opened the second half with a 3-pointer that gave TCU its first lead at 32-30. The Horned Frogs, who shot 35 percent for the game, made five of six during the spurt. Moore ended the TCU run with a 3-pointer for SMU's first field goal in five minutes. Kyan Anderson had nine points and eight assists for the Horned Frogs, and Jarvis Ray also scored nine. Karviar Shepherd had eight points and eight rebounds.
UP NEXT: The Mustangs visit Arkansas on Nov. 18 for a 7 p.m. matchup. The Mustangs return to their home away from home to host Texas State on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
THE SERIES VS. RHODE ISLAND (0-1): Last season's 72-50 Rhode Island victory in Kingston is the only previous meeting between the two clubs.
LAST MEETING VS. RHODE ISLAND (L, 72-50 at Rhode Island on Dec. 15, 2012): KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) -- Mike Powell made 3 of 3 from 3-point range, 7 of 7 from the foul line and scored 18 points to lead Rhode Island to a 72-50 victory against SMU. Andre Malone had 15 points, Nikola Malesevic 12 and Xavier Munford 11 for the Rams (3-8), who had been 1-3 at home. Jalen Jones and Ryan Manuel scored 14 apiece for SMU (8-2), which had won three in a row. Holding a 36-35 advantage 4:08 into the second half, Rhode Island scored six consecutive points and built the lead to 57-43 with 8:57 remaining on 3-pointers from Malesevic and Powell. SMU trailed 29-27 at the break in a close first half in which the biggest lead was six points, 26-20 in the Rams' favor with 3:11 left. SMU turned the ball over 22 times to Rhode Island's 11, and the Rams had 12 steals.
FAMILIAR FOE: SMU has played 7 opponents more than 100 times.
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 1669-1209 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 193-78 (16-17 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 44-20 (.688) in neutral site games. He is 3-3 (.500) in neutral site games with SMU.
Larry Brown IN HOME OPENERS: 8-0 in NCAA, 29-9 Overall (102-18 home record in NCAA games)
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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.
FG% DEFENSE: SMU held TCU to 35.4% from the field in the opener. In 2012-13, SMU led Conference USA in field goal percentage defense (.395, 29th NCAA). That was the first time SMU had kept opponents below 40% for a season since 1961-62.
ROAD MUSTANGS: The Mustangs are 9-10 under Larry Brown in road/neutral games (6-7 road/3-3 neutral). 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.
Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): 2013-14: Played four minutes in first collegiate games against TCU. 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.): 2013-14: Scored six points and pulled in five rebounds in season opener against TCU. 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.): 2013-14: Third on the team with 11 points, including nine from beyond the arc, in his collegiate debut against TCU. 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.): 2013-14: Had two points and two rebounds in his SMU debut against TCU. 2012-13: Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules, after arriving to SMU from Illinois.
Markus Kennedy (6-9, 245, F, RS-So.): 2013-14: Tallied four points, four rebounds, one block and a steal in his SMU debut against TCU. 2012-13: Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules, after arriving to SMU from Villanova.
Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): 2013-14: Second on the team with 12 points in a starting role against TCU... 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.): 2013-14: Played two minutes in his collegiate debut against TCU, scoring two points...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.): 2013-14: Led the Mustangs with 13 points and tied the team-high with eight rebounds, starting in his SMU debut against TCU...Also had four assists in his debut. 2012-13: Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules, after arriving to SMU from Illinois State.
Yanick Moreira (6-11, 220, C, Jr.): 2013-14: Scored four points and pulled down eight rebounds, including four offensive, in a starting role in his collegiate debut against TCU. 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.): 2013-14: Scored eight points and distributed two assists in a starting role in the Mustangs' season opener against TCU. 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.): 2013-14: Scored seven points, and had two assists, two steals and two rebounds, starting SMU's opener against TCU. 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
Larry Brown IN SEASON OPENERS: 8-1 in NCAA, 24-15 Overall (4-0 when opening on a neutral court)
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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.