Mustangs Start Three-Game Homestand Against Texas State On Wednesday At 7 PM
Nov. 19, 2013
The Last Meeting
November 17, 2012
San Marcos, Texas
The SMU Mustangs begin a three-game homestand by hosting Texas State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. The Mustangs enter at 2-1 after an 89-78 loss at Arkansas on Monday. SMU won its home-opener 89-58 against Rhode Island on Nov. 11.
On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 36.5% from the field. SMU has held 8 of its last 12 opponents under 40%. 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.
On Monday, freshman forward Ben Moore was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week and sophomore point guard Nic Moore was named to the conference honor roll. Ben Moore scored 13 points with nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the 89-58 win against Rhode Island on Nov. 11. Nic Moore was 7-for-9 from the floor and 4-for-4 from beyond the arc as he totaled 20 points and seven assists in the win over URI.
LAST GAME (L, 89-78 at Arkansas): FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Alandise Harris scored 21 points as Arkansas held on for an 89-78 win over former Southwest Conference rival SMU. Led by the shooting of Anthlon Bell and Michael Qualls, the Razorbacks led by as many as 24 points in the second half. They led 67-43 midway through the half following a pair of free throws by Harris, though SMU was far from finished. Ben Moore, who was 8 of 10 from the floor, led the Mustangs on a 24-7 run to close Arkansas' lead to as few as six points in the closing minutes. After Harris' three-point play put the Razorbacks up 77-67, Nic Moore answered with back-to-back jumpers -- sandwiched around an Arkansas free throw -- for SMU to cut the lead to 78-72 with 2:08 remaining. Harris responded with an alley-oop dunk on an assist from Coty Clarke, and he added a block on the other end as the Razorbacks went back up 84-74 and held on via free throws down the stretch. The Razorbacks (3-0) were 11 of 22 from behind the arc. Ben Moore had 19 points and Yanick Moreira added 15 for the Mustangs (2-1), who played without McDonald's All-American Keith Frazier. Nic Moore also had 12 points and Nick Russell 10. The Mustangs outscored Arkansas 41-16 in the paint, led by Moore, but Arkansas had 20 points off 18 SMU turnovers. Arkansas led 46-30 at halftime, thanks in large part to an 8-of-14 shooting effort on 3-pointers.
UP NEXT: The Mustangs continue their three-game homestand in their home away from home, the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. SMU hosts the first two games of the Corpus Christi Challenge, facing Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Sam Houston State on Tuesday 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. TEXAS STATE (7-1): This is the 9th meeting between SMU and Texas State with the Mustangs holding a 7-1 advantage. The Mustangs are undefeated (4-0) when playing the Bobcats at home, and won the first six meetings of the series. SMU's three-point win last season is the smallest margin in the eight meetings between the two programs.
LAST MEETING VS. TEXAS STATE (W, 78-75 at Texas State on Nov. 17, 2012): SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) -- Nick Russell scored 25 points and Jalen Jones added 24 points as SMU held on for a 78-75 victory over Texas State. SMU maintained its focus at the free-throw line most of the night, converting 24 of 28 attempts. Jones also contributed eight rebounds. Teammate Ryan Manuel scored 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Texas State was led by Joel Wright, who scored 28 points. Wesley Davis scored 14 points and came up with four steals. SMU held a 14-10 advantage in second-chance points and a 10-8 edge in fast-break points.
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 1670-1210 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 194-79 (17-18 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 47-41 (.534) in road games. He is 6-8 (.429) 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.
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, eight Mustangs are averaging at least 6.7 points per game. The team is averaging 78.7 points per game with only Nic Moore (15.0) and Ben Moore (11.3) averaging double figures.
BENCH SCORING: SMU is averaging 33.0 points per game off the bench. 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 is holding opponents to 36.5% from the field. SMU has held 8 of its last 12 opponents under 40%. 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.
NATIONAL EXPOSURE: 21 of the Mustangs' games will be broadcast live on national television this season, six more than the last five years combined. All 18 of SMU's American Athletic Conference games will air on either the ESPN family of networks or CBS Sports Network.
ROAD MUSTANGS: The Mustangs are 9-11 under Larry Brown in road/neutral games (6-8 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 first two collegiate points, and had two assists, two blocks and 3 rebounds in 14 minutes against Rhode Island...Played four minutes in first collegiate game against TCU.
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 tied for ninth in SMU's single season record books. SMU Career Rankings: 78 blocks, good for ninth at SMU.
Kevin Dunleavy (6-3, 180, G, Jr.): 2013-14: Made his first appearance of the season against Rhode Island. 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: Did not play at Arkansas (injury). 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: McDonald's All-American
Crandall Head (6-4, 180, G, RS-Jr.): 2013-14: Four points and five rebounds in 20 minutes at Arkansas. 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: Seven points, six rebounds and a steal in 19 minutes at Arkansas. 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 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: Tallied 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting while adding two blocks and an assist at Arkansas. Scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while pulling down nine rebounds and adding three assists and two blocks in 19 minutes against Rhode Island...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: Played a game-high 32 minutes at Arkansas, scoring 12 points and adding three assists and two rebounds. 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: Scored 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the line, while adding a block and a steal in 23 minutes. 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.
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: Tallied 10 points, five boards and four assists in 25 minutes at Arkansas. 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 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.
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.