Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Hosts Centenary On Saturday At 7 p.m.

Go smu! Mustangs Host Centenary on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Go smu!
Mustangs Host Centenary on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Go smu!

Nov. 15, 2007

Centenary Gents (2-1) at SMU Mustangs (0-2) Sat. Nov. 17 - 7:00 p.m. at Moody Coliseum Radio: KAAM 770 AM Internet: Mustang All-Access

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The SMU Mustangs host the Centenary Gents at Moody Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. The Mustangs are playing their third straight home game before a road game at Dayton on Nov. 24. The Ponies are also looking to get their first win of the season after starting 0-2 (L, 75-61 to Southern 11/10 and L, 64-54 to Alabama State 11/11). This is the third consecutive year for SMU and Centenary to matchup. The Mustangs have an 11-2 lead in the all-time series, including a seven-game winning streak. The Mustangs won 68-40 at Centenary last season.

LAST SEASON VS. CENTENARY: SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) -- Derrick Roberts scored 19 points and Ike Ofoegbu grabbed 11 rebounds to lead SMU to a 68-40 win over Centenary on Saturday. Roberts was 6-of-7 from the field and 5-of-6 from the 3-point range. He also pulled in four rebounds. Ofoegbu had 13 points for his third double-double of the season. SMU (8-1) had four players in double figures as Brian Epps scored 14 points and Bamba Fall 12. SMU extended its winning streak to six games. Centenary (4-6) was led by Tyrone Hamilton who scored 16 points on 5-of-19 shooting from the floor. He missed all of his eight 3-point attempts. SMU (8-1) took an early 11-2 lead on consecutive 3-pointers and held a 43-19 halftime lead. The Mustangs outrebounded Centenary 45-17 and shot 54 percent for the game from the field. The Gents shot 30 percent from the field.

LAST GAME: DALLAS (AP) -- Alabama State's Joel Bosh scored 16 points and had eight rebounds to lead his team to a 64-54 victory over SMU on Sunday in the SMU Tip Off Classic. Bamba Fall led the Mustangs with 15 points, eight rebounds, and five blocked shots. Jon Killen had 11 points, fives assists, and four steals. Alex Malone made the All-Tournament team for SMU after combining for 29 points and 10 rebounds this weekend. Bosh shot 5-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. Brandon Gordon and Andrew Hayles each scored 10 for the Hornets (2-0). Bamba Fall led SMU with 15 points on 5-9 shooting while hitting 5-6 free throws. Jon Killen added 11 points and had five assists while hitting 4-6 field goals. Killen went 8-15 from three-point range in two games. Alex Malone scored 10. Papa Dia had eight points, four steals, and three blocks in his second game as a Mustang. The Mustangs totaled 13 steals as a team to go with nine blocks. SMU (0-2) scored only two points in just over eight minutes of the first half and trailed 32-19 at the half. The Mustangs cut the lead to 34-30 with 15:30 left in the second half but could get no closer. Alabama State shot 38 percent from the field and SMU shot 37 percent.

HEAD COACH Matt Doherty...is in his seventh season as a head coach and his second season at SMU. This is his 17th season in collegiate coaching with eight NCAA Tournaments, seven conference titles, a Final Four appearance and the 2001 AP National Coach of the Year award. He also has 21 players that have gone to the NBA. He has a 104-90 record including a 14-17 mark in his frist seaosn on the Hilltop.

PLAYER NOTES: PROBABLE STARTERS FIRST 10 - Alex Malone: The freshman was named to the Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team after totaling 29 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block in the two games. Had a team-high 19 points in the opener versus Southern.

12 - Jon Killen: Had 26 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds, and 7 steals in the opening weekend. Shot 8-15 from 3-point range for the weekend. Is now 19th at SMU in career assists (226) and career steals (107) and is fifth in career 3FG Pct. (.385).

15 - Derrick Roberts: Had 9 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds against Southern.

21 - Bamba Fall: Had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 blocks in the opening pair of games and hit 7-10 . Had five blocks against Alabama State and now has 121 career blocks, which is fifth at SMU (next up is Reggie Franklin, 129 from 1977-79). He is the SMU career blocks average leader at 2.7 per outing. That also ranks third for career block average in Conference USA.

42 - Papa Dia: Started and has a double-double in his first career game with 11 points and 13 boards against Southern. Totaled 19 points, 16 boards, 5 blocks, and 4 steals in the opening weekend.

RESERVES: 0 - Paulius Ritter: Missed first two games due to a violation of University rules.

1 - Bennie Rhodes: Played against Alabama State; had 4 points and 2 assists in 18 minutes.

13 - Brett Holland: DNP

14 - Tomasz Kwiatkowski: Played 1 minute against Alabama State.

22 - Mike Walker: 5 points, 2 assists, and a steal in the first two games.

23 - Joston Benton: DNP

24 - Robert Nyakundi: Expected to redshirt

30 - Ryan Harp: Had 2 points and a steal against Alabama State.

33 - Cameron Spencer: Had 6 boards in 16 minutes against Southern and 4 rebounds in 14 minutes against Alabama State.

MUSTANG AND LEFTY: The SMU roster features four left-handers: Papa Dia, Bamba Fall, Ryan Harp, and Tomasz Kwiatkowski.

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART AND THE GAMES ARE: The Mustangs play a team-record 18 home games in 2007-08. The previous mark was 17 in 1997-98.

HONORS: Team Captains: Jon Killen & Derrick Roberts SMU Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team: Alex Malone (2 game, 29 points, 10 rebs)

OFF THE COURT NEWS: Jon Killen & Derrick Roberts named captains Coach Matt Doherty named Jon Killen and Derrick Roberts as team captains. The seniors are the two returning captains from last season after fellow captains Ike Ofoegbu and Dontatas Rackauskas graduated follwing the 2006-07 season. Inside College Hoops with Matt Doherty SMU men's basketball coach Matt Doherty will have a one-hour radio show beginning Dec. 3. It will then air Dec. 17 and weekly from Jan. 14 through March 17. The show will Inside College Hoops with Matt Doherty is hosted by Rich Phillips, the voice of the Mustangs, and will be on KAAM 770 AM, the home of Mustang men's basketball. The Monday night event will be held at Ten Sports Grill in downtown Dallas beginning at 7 p.m. SMU to open Crum Basketball Center The Mustangs will open the Crum Basketball Center during the 2007-08 season. It is a $13-million, 43,000 square-foot practice facility that will be home for SMU men's and women's basketball with two full-size practice courts for each program with multiple goals, locker rooms and lounges, a fully-equipped training and rehabilitation room with in-ground hydrotherapy pools, a strength and conditioning room, an on-site laundry facility, coaches' offices and conference facilities for both programs, coaches' locker rooms and film editing rooms. It will have a direct connection to Moody Coliseum via tunnel. Nov. 1 - SMU Basketball To Embark On African Tour In 2008 The SMU men's basketball team will embark on a 15-day basketball trip to Africa from May 25 to June 8, 2008. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will include a safari as well as tours of Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, and Dakar, Senegal. The Mustangs in partnership with Adidas will perform coaching and skills clinics in each city. The Ponies will also play exhibition games at each site. The games include a matchup against the Senegalese national team.

NATIONAL TV EXPOSURE: The SMU Men's Basketball team has three games on CSTV in 2007-08 after having six nationally televised games during the 2006-07 regular season. Following are the Mustangs' nationally broadcast games under head coach Matt Doherty. 2007-08 Wed., J9, at UTEP (CSTV) Sat., F2, at Tulsa (CSTV) Wed., M5, Memphis (CSTV) 2006-07 Thu., D21, at TCU (CSTV) - W 64-62 on Dez Willingham 3-pointer at buzzer Sat, J13, at Houston (CSTV) - L 82-67 as Bamba Fall has first career double-double (12 pts, 10 rebs) Sat., F3, at Memphis (ESPN) - L 88-52; Ofoegbu has team-high 17 pts, Memphis 15-25 3FG Wed., F7, Houston (CSTV) - L 64-49; Pearson leads with 13 points and 9 rebounds Wed., F28, Tulsa (CSTV) - L 67-60; Ofoegbu leads with 29 points, 7 rebounds Sat., M3, [6] Memphis (CSTV) - L 64-60; SR night Ofoegbu (21pts), Pearson (16pts,9reb), Rackauskas (14pts)

JON "SHOOTER" KILLEN: Coach Matt Doherty called Jon Killen "shooter" during the summer of 2006 to help him think more aggressively on offense. The mindset is showing. 2004-05 Fr. 46 points in 28 games (1.6 avg) 2005-06 So. 57 points in 29 games (2.0 avg) 2006-07 Jr. 249 points in 31 games (8.0 avg) 2007-08 Sr. 26 points in 2 games (13.0 avg)

ASSIST BY KILLEN: Jon Killen has 9 assists after two games. Killen averaged 4.87 assists per game in 2006-07. That is the most for SMU since Gerald Lewis had 6.7 per outing in 1992-93. Killen had a career-high 11 at Tulsa in 2006-07, which was the most since 12 by Jeryl Sasser against Rice on Jan. 31, 1998.

SMU CAREER Assists: Jon Killen and Derrick Roberts are climbing the SMU career assists list. 1 828 Butch Moore, 1982-86 2 491 Gerald Lewis, 1989-93 3 469 Jeryl Sasser, 1997-01 4 468 Billy Allen, 1978-80 5 460 Carl Wright, 1982-85 6 419 Roderick Hampton, 1987-91 7 403 Kato Armstrong, 1985-89 8 396 Bryan Hopkins, 2002-06 9 387 Troy Matthews, 1993-97 10 363 Zachary Thiel, 1971-74 11 334 Scott Johnson, 1983-87 12 323 Stephen Woods, 1996-00 13 279 Jemeil Rich, 1994-97 14 278 David Piehler, 1979-83 15 276 Damon Hancock, 1998-02 16 260 Phil Hale, 1976-80 17 239 Michael Jaccar, 1974-76 18 236 Carlton McKinney, 1986-88 19 226 Jon Killen, 2004-08 20 222 Quinton Ross, 1999-03 21 212 Justin Isham, 2001-05 22 194 Derrick Roberts, 2004-08

IT IS BETTER TO RECEIVE: Jon Killen was the 20th SMU player to reach 100 career steals; getting there with three against Southern Miss in the 2007 Conference USA Tournament. SMU Career Steals 1 225 Bryan Hopkins, 2002-06 2 209 Gerald Lewis, 1989-93 3 205 Carl Wright, 1982-85 4 197 Jeryl Sasser, 1997-01 5 179 Stephen Woods, 1996-00 6 160 Willie Davis, 1997-01 7 153 Quinton Ross, 1999-03 8 136 Jemeil Rich, 1994-97 9 130 Butch Moore, 1982-86 10 128 David Piehler, 1979-83 11 127 Roderick Hampton, 1987-91 12 126 Justin Isham, 2001-05 126 Kato Armstrong, 1985-89 14 125 Phil Hale, 1976-80 15 123 Troy Matthews, 1993-97 16 112 Devon Pearson, 2003-07 17 111 Carlton McKinney, 1986-88 18 109 Eric Castro, 2001-05 19 107 Jon Killen, 2004-07

SMU Career Steals average (minimum 35 games) 1. 2.1 - Bryan Hopkins (105 games) - 2002-06 2. 2.1 - Carl Wright (96 games) - 1982-85 3. 1.9 - Gerald Lewis (112 games) - 1989-93 4. 1.7 - Carlton McKinney (64 games) - 1986-88 5. 1.7 - Jeryl Sasser (117 games) - 1997-01 6. 1.7 - Jemeil Rich (81 games) - 1994-97 7. 1.6 - Stephen Woods (112 games) - 1996-00 8. 1.5 - Willie Davis (109 games) - 1997-01 9. 1.4 - Roderick Hampton (88 games) - 1987-91 10. 1.4 - Todd Alexander (45 games) - 1987-89 11. 1.3 - Kato Armstrong (95 games) - 1985-89 12. 1.3 - Quinton Ross (119 games) - 1999-03 13. 1.2 - Jon Killen (90 games) - 2004-08 14. 1.2 - Phil Hale (107 games) - 1976-80

BLOCK PARTY: In 2006-07, Bamba Fall's 2.48 blocks per game led Conference USA and ranked 19th in the NCAA. His total of 62 blocks set the SMU sophomore record, passing Jon Koncak's mark of 54 blocks in 1982-83. In 2005-06, Bamba Fall set the SMU freshman record with 53 blocks in just 18 games. (Passed the previous record of 43 by Ira Terrell in 1972-73). He also led C-USA with 3.36 per league contest.

Bamba Fall - Blocks GP Tot 2+ 3+ 4+ 5+ 6+ 2005-06 Fr. 18 53 15 10 8 3 1 2006-07 So. 25 62 17 11 6 4 2 2007-08 Jr. 2 6 1 1 1 1 Total 45 121 33 22 15 8 3

C-USACareer Blocks Per Game Player, School Yrs. G Blk Avg Moussa Badiane, East Carolina 2002-05 105 314 2.99 Anwar Ferguson, Houston 2002-04 55 160 2.91 Bamba Fall, SMU 2005-08 45 121 2.69 Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati 1997-00 116 292 2.51 Faisal Abraham, Marquette 1996-98 61 142 2.33 Gerrick Morris, South Florida 2000-04 114 263 2.31 Carlos Booker, Southern Miss 1999-00 57 131 2.29 Lawrence Nelson, Tulane 1996-98 89 176 1.98 Jason Maxiell, Cincinnati 2002-05 129 251 1.95

SMU Career Blocked Shots 1. 278 - Jon Koncak - 1981-85 2. 169 - Ira Terrell - 1972-76 3. 151 - Patrick Simpson - 2001-05 4. 129 - Reggie Franklin - 1977-79 5. 121 - Bamba Fall - 2005-07

SMU Career Blocked Shots Average (minimum 35 games) 1. 2.7 - Bamba Fall (45 games) - 2005-08 2. 2.3 - Reggie Franklin (55 games) - 1977-79 3. 2.3 - Jon Koncak (123 games) - 1981-85 4. 2.1 - Ira Terrell (80 games) - 1972-76 5. 1.4 - Brad Branson (54 games) - 1978-80 6. 1.3 - Patrick Simpson (114 games) - 2001-05

SMU Single-Season Blocked Shots (Since 1972-73) (GP) 1. 97 Jon Koncak (Jr.), 1983-84 (33) 2. 91 Jon Koncak (Sr.), 1984-85 (33) 3. 79 Ira Terrell (Sr.), 1975-76 (28) 4. 70 Reggie Franklin (Sr.), 1978-79 (27) 5. 62 Bamba Fall (So.), 2006-07 (25) 6. 59 Reggie Franklin (Jr.), 1977-78 (28) 7. 54 Jon Koncak (So.), 1982-83 (30) 8. 53 Bamba Fall (Fr.), 2005-06 (18) 9. 51 Brad Branson (Sr.), 1979-80 (28)

SMU Single-Season Blocked Shots by a Junior (GP) 1. 97 Jon Koncak, 1983-84 (33) 2. 59 Reggie Franklin, 1977-78 (28) 3. 39 James Gatewood, 1992-93 (27)

SMU Single-Season Blocked Shots by a Sophomore (GP) 1. 62 Bamba Fall, 2006-07 (25) 2. 54 Jon Koncak, 1982-83 (30) 3. 47 Ira Terrell, 1973-74 (27) 4. 45 Patrick Simpson, 2002-03 (30)

SMU Single-Season Blocked Shots by a Freshman (GP) 1. 53 Bamba Fall, 2005-06 (18) 2. 43 Ira Terrell, 1972-73 (25) 3. 41 Patrick Simpson, 2001-02 (28) 4. 36 Jon Koncak, 1981-82 (27)

SMU Single-Season Blocked Shots Average (Since 1972-73) Must Play in 75% of Games (Blocks/Games Played) Bamba Fall averaged 2.9 as a freshman, but only played in 18 of 29 team games. 1. 2.9 Jon Koncak (Jr.), 1983-84 (97/33) 2. 2.8 Ira Terrell (Sr.), 1975-76 (79/28) 2.8 Jon Koncak (Sr.), 1984-85 (91/33) 4. 2.6 Reggie Franklin (Sr.), 1978-79 (70/27) 5. 2.5 Bamba Fall (So.), 2006-07 (62/25) 6. 2.1 Reggie Franklin (Jr.), 1977-78 (59/28)

FINALLY "FALL"ING: Bamba Fall's free throw percentage from 2006-07 can be misleading due to struggles at the beginning of the season. Against Tulane, he went 4-4, all in the second half, with a pair at 4:13 and 3:01 as the Mustangs rallied from 13 points down for the 55-53 win on Jan. 24. 2007-08 SEASON 7-10 .700 2006-07 SEASON 40-60 .667 First 4 Games 5-13 .385 Rest of Non-Conf 15-23 .652 C-USA games 20-24 .833

DIALING FROM DISTANCE: Jon Killen and Derrick Roberts are climbing the career chart for made three-pointers. Both are also in the top-20 for career shooting percentage from beyond the arc. 3-point field goals made 1. 273 Stephen Woods (112 games) - 1996-00 2. 256 Bryan Hopkins (105 games) - 2002-06 3. 220 Troy Matthews (110 games) - 1993-97 4. 170 Quinton Ross (119 games) - 1999-03 5. 161 Chad Allen (108 games) - 1990-94 6. 133 Jeryl Sasser (117 games) - 1997-01 7. 121 Jemeil Rich (81 games) - 1994-97 8. 107 Damon Hancock (112 games) - 1998-02 9. 99 Jabari Hearn (82 games) - 1993-97 10. 95 Chad Elsey (58 games) - 1997-99 11. 92 Todd Alexander (45 games) - 1987-89 12. 81 Dez Willingham (60 games) - 2005-07 13. 79 Gerald Lewis (112 games) - 1989-93 14. 68 Justin Isham (116 games) - 2001-05 68 Derrick Roberts (80 games) - 2004-08 68 Devon Pearson (111 games) - 2003-07 17. 64 Carlton McKinney (64 games) - 1986-88 18. 62 Eric Longino (64 games) - 1987-89 19. 58 Troy Valentino (90 games) - 1988-92 20. 57 Kris Lowe (116 games) - 2000-04 57 Jay Poerner (107 games) - 1994-98 22. 52 Jon Killen (90 games) - 2004-08

3-point FG percentage (minimum 50 made) 1. .473 - Eric Longino (62-131) - 1987-89 2. .422 - Todd Alexander (92-218) - 1987-89 3. .411 - Troy Dorner (51-124) - 1991-94 4. .400 - Carlton McKinney (64-160) - 1986-88 5. .385 - Jon Killen (52-135) - 2004-08 6. .378 - Chad Allen (161-426) - 1990-94 7. .376 - Kato Armstrong (50-133) - 1985-89 8. .373 - Jay Poerner (57-153) - 1994-98 9. .363 - Stephen Woods (273-752) - 1996-00 10. .360 - Bryan Hopkins (256-712) - 2002-06 11. .340 - Jabari Hearn (99-291) - 1993-97 12. .339 - Troy Valentino (58-171) - 1988-92 13. .336 - Jemeil Rich (121-360) - 1994-97 14. .333 - Derrick Roberts (68-204) - 2004-08 .333 - Damon Hancock (107-321) - 1998-02 16. .332 - Dez Willingham (81-244) - 2005-07 17. .331 - Quinton Ross (170-513) - 1999-03 18. .325 - Chad Elsey (95-292) - 1997-99 19. .325 - Troy Matthews (220-677) - 1993-97 20. .320 - Kris Lowe (57-178) - 2000-04

OUR GOAL IS MORE FTM THAN YOUR FTA: Head coach Matt Doherty sets a goal for the Mustangs to make more free throws than the opponent attempts. Here is a look at the results. SMU Opp Goal Result 11/10 10-22 24-29 Southern No L, 75-61 11/11 10-13 16-25 Alabama State No L, 64-54 2007-08 20-35 40-54 Yes 0-0 / No 0-2 2006-07 424-605 344-516 NO Yes 9-3 / No 5-14

DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Bamba Fall enters the 2007-08 season as the only returning Mustang with a double-double. Papa Sia recorded a double-double in his first career game. 2007-08 Double-Doubles Opponent Season Career Papa Dia 11 pts, 13 rebs Southern 11/10 1st 1st 2006-07 Double-Doubles (returnees only) Opponent Season Career Bamba Fall 12 pts, 10 rebs at Houston 1/13 1st 1st

SO CLOSE: Last season, the Mustangs lost six league games by five points or less and all were one-possession games in the final 20 seconds. Southern Miss 1/10 L, 57-56 Derrick Roberts shot potential game-winner from left elbow at buzzer UTEP 1/20 L, 72-67 Donatas Rackasukas missed tying 3-pointer with 17 seconds left at Tulsa 1/27 L, 70-66 Donatas Rackauskas made it 68-66 with a 3FG with 6 seconds left Rice 2/10 L, 63-60 Briwn Epps took potential game-tying three from top of key at buzzer at Marshall 2/14 L, 52-49 Dez Willingham took potential tying three from right-wing at horn [6] Memphis 3/3 L, 64-61 Ike Ofoegbu missed potential tying three from left corner at buzzer

FAMILIAR FOE: The Mustangs have met seven opponents more than 100 times. Rice 184 111-73 Feb. 9 @SMU, March 8 @ Rice TCU 182 100-82 Dec. 5@SMU Baylor 175 100-75 Texas A&M 175 90-85 Texas 174 71-103 Arkansas 153 59-94 Texas Tech 104 47-57

EYE ON THE POWER RANKINGS - KENPOM RPI & SAGARIN: RPI - TBD, Sagarin - TBD (Through TBD) The RPI is one of the principal components the NCAA selection committee uses to determine the field for the NCAA Men's Tournament. It has three primary components. It does not include non-Division I opponents in SMU's record (Paul Quin). Part I (25% of the formula): Team winning percentage. Part II (50%): Average opponents' winning percentage. Part III (25%): Average opponents' opponents' winning percentage. 1-50 51-100 101-200 201+ Non-Conf L10 R/N Season RPI Sagarin Conf W-L SOS W-L W-L W-L W-L W-L RPI SOS W-L W-L 2005-06 269 198 2006-07 206 173 Matt Doherty's first season 2007-08

R-T-C: Head Coach Matt Doherty uses the initials RTC to represent his vision for the Mustangs. They are Respect, Trust and Commitment. The red wristbands the players wear have RTC. There are also several signs around the Mustangs' locker room and offices.

MUSTANG HOOPS BLOG: SMU Mustangs' head coach Matt Doherty has his own blog at www.MustangHoopsBlog.com.

SMU RECORD UPDATES: Additions or changes to the SMU record book during the 2007-08 season. SMU Team Records - Game 3FGA 2nd 35, Southern 11/10/07 (L, 75-61) Moody Coliseum Game Records - Team 3FGA T-3rd 35, Southern 11/10/07 (L, 75-61)

MUSTANGS AT THE FED EX FORUM: The Mustangs have played five games in the FedEx forum are 1-4 at the venue. It is also the site of the 2008 C-USA Championship. J14, 2006 at [5] Memphis L, 73-53 M8, 2006 vs. Rice # W, 61-59 M9, 2006 vs. [24] UAB # L, 69-55 F3, 2007 at [11] Memphis L, 88-52 M7, 2007 vs. Southern Miss # L, 59-52 # Conference USA Championship

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: The Mustangs have four players that have played in international competition. Bamba Fall - 2007 Senegalese National Team (competed in Global Games and African Championships) Alex Malone - 2007 Team USA (competed in Global Games) Robert Nyakundi - 2007 Team USA (competed in Global Games) Tomasz Kwiatkowski - Played for Poland's U-16 and U-18 National Teams while in high school

COACHING EXPERIENCE: Head Coach Matt Doherty and the coaching staff of Associate Head Coach Milton Barnes, Assistant Coach Lance Irvin, Assistant Coach Steve Lutz, and Director of Operations Malcolm Farmer have a combined 68 years of collegiate coaching with 12 conference crowns and nine conference tournament championships. They have earned 24 postseason appearances, including 16 bids to the NCAA Tournament with 10 trips to the Sweet 16, eight Elite Eights, three Final Fours and one National Championship. The coaching success also includes more than 40 players that have gone on to the NBA.

2006-07 in Review (Doherty's first season at SMU): The 2006-07 season included a long list of on and off the floor highlights as head coach Matt Doherty and his staff set a foundation for the future. The Mustangs broke ground on the $13-million, 43,000 square-foot Crum Basketball Center, unveiled the new million-dollar scoreboard and video board in Moody Coliseum on Dec. 30. The Ponies also made headlines during the signing periods as the incoming class of seven freshmen was ranked as high as 24th nationally. On the floor, the Mustangs improved their RPI rank by more than 60 spots from the previous season while finishing with a 14-17 record. The team had a school-record six regular-season games on national television, a seven-game winning streak which was the longest since 1999-2000, and the 11-3 start was the best since 2000-01. The team allowed the opponents just 62.7 points per game, which was the third-best scoring defense in SMU history. Senior forward Ike Ofoegbu was named All-Conference USA third-team after leading the Mustangs with 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Ofoegbu also led Conference USA with 10 double-doubles on the season and shot a league-best 51.3 percent from three-point range in conference play. Sophomore center Bamba Fall earned C-USA All-defensive team honors after leading the conference with 2.48 blocks per game. Fall also set the SMU sophomore record with 62 blocks in 25 games, breaking Jon Koncak's mark of 54 from 1982-83. Junior guard Jon Killen led the team with 4.87 assists per game, which was the most at SMU in 14 seasons. Senior forward/center Donatas Rackauskas was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 6 Team. Rackauskas and Killen were also named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team. Those two plus freshman guard Mike Norton were selected to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.

QUOTABLE: Quotes by and about SMU from the 2006-07 season.

Postgame - Alabama State (L, 64-54) Head Coach Matt Doherty (on starting the season 0-2 after falling to Alabama State) "We had five freshmen on the floor at some point in the game. There's no panic. We're going to get better. We were better today than we were yesterday."

Head Coach Matt Doherty (on what he told the team after the game) "I told the team I was encouraged. I measure success on our effort and if we are getting better as a team."

Postgame - Southern (L, 75-61) Head Coach Matt Doherty (on Southern coming back from 18 points down) "[Southern] did good job hanging in there. They didn't quit when they could have. We made a run in the second half, but they hung in there and hit some shots."

Head Coach Matt Doherty (on Southern's red-hot second half - 15-23 FG, 8-11 3FG, 17-18 FT) "You get guys doing drills where it's hard to shoot 73 percent. Then, they only missed one free throw. Give them a lot of credit."

Head Coach Matt Doherty (on the debut of freshman starters Papa Dia and Alex Malone) "Alex [Malone] looked really comfortable out there. It was exciting to see a freshman come out there and play really well," head coach Matt Doherty said. "Papa is very talented, to have a double-double in his first outing, and yet both of them can play better and they will, because they are so young."

Senior guard Jon Killen (on what SMU may learn from giving back an 18-point lead) "Down the road, this may be more beneficial that we didn't get a blowout win and have us walking with our heads in the sky like we're the best team around. This will help us understand that you can get beat on any given day."

Matt Doherty (2007-08 Outlook) "The thing that I am excited about is, yes the infusion of seven talented freshmen, but the great leadership out of the junior and senior classes."

"The fact that Jon Killen and Derrick Roberts are returning and that Bamba has grown as a leader is critical to mold the young guys. They will give them terrific direction. It's one thing when I tell the guys what to do. Then when I leave the locker room, it is very important that Derrick and Jon reinforce what I tell them."

"It is a big challenge. We will have to get these young guys up and running quickly. It is a challenge, but I think it is going to be a fun challenge because they are good guys. They were all here for summer school and I think that that helped form some chemistry among them. They also got to understand the work ethic it would entail, because they spent a lot of time in the weight room and running on the track. That will make the transition this fall a lot easier for them."

"I think it is exciting that we will be in the Crum Center this season. It creates an energy in our program that will benefit our team tremendously. Our coaches will benefit from it, and our fans will benefit from, because ultimately it will help us put a better team on the floor,"

"Last year, even though we didn't perform as well as we would have liked in league play, I thought our kids did a good job of staying the course. We never seemed to have the same team on the floor in January and February due to injury and suspension, but the focus culminated with a good effort against Memphis at home. Even though we lost, we had a chance to win that ballgame against one of the best teams in the country."

"I think the foundation is laid, in terms of the culture and character of our team, for a bright future and that will lead into this season."

STYLE OF PLAY

"You will see us push the ball a little bit more this year. Partially because we will have guys that can handle and pass the ball and that we will have a little bit more depth. I look for our assist to turnover ratio to be positive. Last year it was negative; we had more turnovers than assists. The other thing is that we will play a little faster. With the ability to handle the ball and shoot the ball a little better, I want to try and score in the first 10 seconds of the shot clock before the defense gets set."

"Last season, we started out playing a pressure half-court man-to-man defense, but once league play started and we were playing against smaller, quicker teams; they drove us too much. We will have two versions of the man-to-man defense. We have the pressure man-to-man in the half court and more of a containment man-to-man where you are guarding the three-point line and in to protect against dribble penetration. We will also play 10-20 percent zone. We played a little more zone last year than I would typically like."

COACHING STAFF

"First of all, it is nice to be in a place for a second year. I was at FAU for one year and at Notre Dame for one year,"

"I am glad to be here with generally the same staff. Mike Garland left to go back to Michigan State, where he spent seven years. He was a college roommate of Tom Izzo, and it made sense for him to do that and I supported that. That created an opportunity to hire someone, and we hired a great coach in Milton Barnes. He was an assistant at Minnesota for many years and helped put together the Final Four team they had. Then he became the head coach at Eastern Michigan and went to the NCAA Tournament."

"I like having an experienced associate head coach, someone that has been a head coach. He was the head coach of an NBDL team that won the championship, so Milton knows how to coach. He knows how to lead and manage people and that's not easy to do in the NBDL. He lost two of his best players to the NBA and still managed to win the championship. He is a proven recruiter and a proven evaluator. His experience will not only help our players, it'll help our assistants. It will help Steve, Lance, and Malcolm as they grow in their careers."

BACK COURT

"The thing that excites me about Jon and Derrick is their athleticism and their ability to defend. They are going to be very good defenders for us."

"Jon Killen will play some point-guard and two-guard. I think his natural position is that of a two. He seems more comfortable in that position, but he played a lot of point for us last year and did a terrific job."

"Derrick Roberts will probably be more of a swingman for us this season. He will play some shooting guard and some at small forward."

"Mike Walker will play a lot at the point. He is really a strong, athletic guard that can guard the ball and get into the paint. He makes great decisions with the basketball, and I am looking forward to his development. We are going to lean on him a lot at the point."

"Ryan Harp will play primarily a two-guard position for us. He is the son of a coach and he really knows how to play. He plays very hard, and he can pass, handle, and shoot the ball. Ryan will see significant time at the two-guard position."

"Bennie can probably play three perimeter positions. I think he can be a really good defender; he has quick feet and long arms. He just needs to settle in and get comfortable. He needs some structure and discipline, once he embraces that, he has the chance to be a very talented player."

FRONT COURT

"Bamba has made terrific strides over the last year in his strength. He has also improved his shooting ability and his jump hook, so much so that the Senegalese national team invited him to play and represent his country in the African Games. His progress has been very impressive. I think his confidence will come through this year, and you will hopefully see a different player in Bamba Fall."

"Cameron struggled at times with the adjustment to college basketball and all the demands. If he embraces the discipline, the hard work, and the level of intensity if takes to play at the college level, he can be a significant contributor for us at the power forward spot."

"Paulius made great strides as a person and a student. He was a terrific practice player for us last season, and will add value in practice. I don't know how much time he will get on the floor, but he is an integral part of our team."

"Papa Dia can play either post position. He is truly a talented player with great hands that can really rebound and can score inside. I would see Papa Dia getting significant time at the four spot and the five because he can score, block shots, and rebound. The biggest thing with Papa is conditioning. He has some back issues that we discovered this summer, but they will be addressed and he should be close to 100 percent, if not 100 percent by the time practice starts. If he is in good shape, he will have a heck of a year."

"Tomasz will be a pleasant surprise. He is a big body who knows how to play and is a physical player. When we go against some bigger schools, he will have the ability to bang and rebound in the post."

"Alex Malone is very talented and skilled. We have talked about toughness because he has to improve in that area and I think he has. If Alex embraces the toughness, he can be an outstanding player because he has a skill package at 6-8 that is really special."

"Robert is a combo forward between the three and the four spot, and was a little under the radar. The thing I loved about Robert is his ability to shoot the basketball and that he knows how to play the game. He is not an explosive athlete, but he can really pass the basketball, shoot the ball, and he knows how to move without the ball. He is a strong young man and will be one of our guys that when he is open, I think it is going down. We have good shooters, but I think he can be a great shooter."

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

"I think it is great for them to play internationally because they get to play against talented players and physical players. I watched some of the Global Games and Alex was getting knocked around a little bit and that was good because he got back up. I think anytime a player can get that kind of exposure and that kind of experience not only playing against good competition, but practicing against high-level players, it is a good experience."

 

 

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