Mustangs Open Road Slate At Arkansas On Monday
Nov. 16, 2013
The SMU Mustangs play their first road game of the season at Arkansas on Monday at 7 p.m. SMU is 2-0 after a neutral-site win over TCU (69-61) on Nov. 8 and a home victory against Rhode Island (89-58) on Nov. 11.
On defense, SMU has held its first two opponents to a combined 32.7 percent from the field; TCU (35.4) in the opener and Rhode Island (30.8). 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.
On offense, nine Mustangs are averaging at least 6.0 points per game. The team is averaging 79.0 points per game with only Nic Moore averaging douuble figures (16.5 ppg).
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.
LAST GAME (W, 89-58 vs. Rhode Island): GARLAND, Texas (AP) -- Nic Moore scored 20 points, hitting four 3-point attempts, and SMU limited visiting Rhode Island to 30.8-percent shooting as the Mustangs dominated the Rams 89-58 on Monday night at the Curtis Cullwell Center. SMU improved to 2-0, having opened last Friday with a 69-61 victory over TCU. Rhode Island (1-1) was led by freshman guard E.C. Matthews with 15 points. Junior forward Gilvydas Biruta, a transfer from Rutgers, scored 9 points and fouled out with 7:53 to play. SMU led by as many as 15 in the first half and owned a 35-point advantage with four minutes to play. The Rams shot 2-for-15 on 3-pointers, making them 6-for-36 from behind the arc in two games. Through two games, SMU has held its opponents to 32.7-percent shooting. SMU led by as many as 15 in the first half and owned a 35-point advantage with four minutes to play. Last season SMU was 29th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (39.5). That was the first time SMU had kept opponents below 40 percent for a season since 1961-62. Rhode Island won only eight games last season, but one of the victories was a 72-50 pasting of SMU at home.
UP NEXT: The Mustangs begin a three-game homestand in their home away from home, the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. SMU hosts Texas State on Wednesday at 7 p.m., Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 24 at 1:30 p.m. and Sam Houston State on Nov. 26 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.
THE SERIES VS. ARKANSAS (59-94): SMU and Arkansas meet for the 154th time this week, and for the first time since the 1995-96 season. The two teams played in the Southwest Conference from 1918-91, when Arkansas left to join the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas holds a 50-18 advantage in Fayetteville, with all 18 of SMU's road wins coming in conference games. The Mustangs' most successful stretches in the series were an eight-game winning streak between the 1954-55 and the 1957-58 seasons and a stretch of 11-of-12 between the1963-64 season and the 1969-70 season. Monday's matchup marks the first contest in a home-and-home series between the two programs. SMU is 35-36 against Arkansas in Dallas, including a 33-33 mark in the Southwest Conference. The first meeting between the two teams was a win for the Mustangs in the 1923-24 season with a score of 17-11.
LAST MEETING VS. ARKANSAS (L, 73-46 at Arkansas on Dec. 21, 1995): FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Led by a double-double from Sunday Adebayo (11 points, 10 boards), Arkansas raced out to a 42-17 lead in the opening 20 minutes and went onto win 73-46 in the 153rd meeting between the two squads. SMU was led by double-digit bench performances off the bench from Jay Poerner (11 points and eight rebounds) and Jemeil Rich (10 points). The Mustangs held a 43-35 rebounding edge, including 22 offensive rebounds, but shot just 26.3 percent from the field in the contest.
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 1670-1209 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 194-78 (17-17 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 103-18 (.851) at home. He is 8-7 (.533) 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.
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.
SIGNING DAY - CONSENSUS TOP-5 PROSPECT EMMANUEL MUDIAY SIGNS WITH SMU: SMU Head Coach Larry Brown announced that 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.
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.
BALANCED SCORING: On offense, nine Mustangs are averaging at least 6.0 points per game. The team is averaging 79.0 points per game with on Nic Moore averaging douuble figures (16.5 ppg).
BENCH SCORING: SMU has 67 bench in the first 2 games. SMU had 42 bench points in the 89-58 win over Rhode Island on 11/11, the most by SMU against a Division I opponent since 11/29/2002 against North Texas (44 pts.).
FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU has held its first two opponents to a combined 32.7% from the field; TCU (35.4) in the opener and Rhode Island (30.8). 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.
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.
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 #5 Memphis on Feb. 18, 2009.
Sterling Brown (6-6, 200, G, Fr.): 2013-14: Scored two points, and had two assists, two blocks and 3 rebounds in 14 minutes against Rhode Island...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 down five boards in 10 minutes against Rhode Island...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.): 2013-14: Made his first appearance of the season. 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: Netted seven points and recorded two steals in 17 minutes against Rhode Island. 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: Played eight minutes, shooting 1-for-2 from beyond the arc...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: Tied a career-high with nine points on 4-of-8 shooting, and pulled down two rebounds in 15 minutes of action against Rhode Island...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: Played 22 minutes against Rhode Island, scoring six points, while adding three rebounds, two assists and a steal...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: Scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while pulling down nine rebounds and adding three assists and two blocks in 19 minutes...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: Scored 20 points (7-of-9 shooting) to lead all scorers, led by a perfect 4-of-4 clip from beyond the arc, while also distributing seven assists against Rhode Island...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: Played 19 minutes against Rhode Island, tallying eight points, six rebounds and two blocks...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.): 2013-14: Made his NCAA Division I debut against Rhode Island. 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 five points, while adding three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 27 minutes...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.): 2013-14: Scored his first collegiate points in his first collegiate game on the Mustangs' second-to-last possession against Rhode Island. 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: Played 13 minutes against Rhode Island, scoring eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, while adding three rebounds and three assists. 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
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.