SMU Takes On RV/RV Virginia Friday At 6:30 PM In the Corpus Christi Challenge Semifinals
Nov. 27, 2013
The SMU Mustangs (5-1) face [RV/RV] Virginia (5-1) in the semifinal of the Corpus Christi Challenge on Friday at 6:30 p.m. SMU will then play Saturday against [RV/-] Texas A&M (6-0) or Missouri State (5-0). Saturday's championship game is at 8 p.m. following the third-place game which tips at 5:30 p.m. Both games are on CBS Sports Network.
On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 35.9% from the field (1st American, 21st NCAA). SMU has held 11 of its last 15 opponents and 5 of 6 this season 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.
On offense, seven Mustangs are averaging at least 6.5 points per game. The team is averaging 77.5 points per game with Nic Moore (12.8) and Yanick Moreira (11.7) averaging double figures. The Mustangs are shooting 50.8% from the field, which leads The American and ranks 21st nationally.
SMU is also leading The American in rebound margin (+11.8, 40th nationally), and has outrebounded each opponent. The lowest was +2 (38-36) at Arkansas on 11/18 and the largest was +26 (46-20) versus Sam Houston State on 11/26.
On Monday, junior center Yanick Moreira was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll. For the week that ended Nov. 24, he averaged 15.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in three games while shooting 65.2 percent (15-23) from the floor. The previous week (Nov. 18), freshman Ben Moore was The American Rookie of the Week and Nic Moore was selected to the weekly Honor Roll.
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, 72-53 vs. Sam Houston State on Nov. 26): GARLAND, Texas (AP) - Markus Kennedy scored a career-high 14 points off the bench and Yanick Moreira recorded his first major-college double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds as SMU's front court continued its early-season dominance in the Mustangs' 72-53 victory over Sam Houston State on Tuesday night. SMU improved to 5-1 in its second home game as part of the Corpus Christi Challenge. The Mustangs will continue with games in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday against Virginia. The Bearkats dropped to 4-2 with their second consecutive loss. They were led by Paul Baxter with 19 points, including 4-for-5 on 3-pointers. SMU outscored Sam Houston 32-16 in points in the paint, out-rebounding the Bearkats 46-20. Nick Russell added 13 points for the Mustangs. Kennedy, a sophomore forward, transferred from Villanova. Moreira transferred to SMU after leading South Plains College of Lubbock, Texas, to a 36-0 record in 2011-12 and the NJCAA national championship. In six games, SMU has scored 44.7 percent of its points in the paint. The Mustangs never trailed, racing to a 9-1 advantage four minutes into the first half. They built their lead to 22 points with about four minutes to play in the half and led 38-20 at intermission. It was the second time this season SMU has held an opponent to 20 points in the first half (Texas State, 41-20).
UP NEXT: SMU has three games next week. The Mustangs host McNeese State on Monday, Dec. 2 at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland at 7:30 p.m. (SMU is 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 is at Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. The week concludes with the Mustangs hosting Hofstra on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 12 p.m. at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco.
THE SERIES VS. VIRGINIA (0-0): This is the first meeting between the two schools.
THE SERIES VS. Texas A&M (90-87): This would be the 178th meeting between the two schools with SMU holding a 90-87 advantage, including a 4-3 advantage on neutral floors. The Mustangs held an 85-81 in conference games when the two programs played in the Southwest Conference. SMU and Texas A&M exchanged a home and home in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, the only two meetings between the two teams since they completed their final season in the same conference in 1995-96.
FAMILIAR FOE: SMU has played 7 opponents more than 100 times.
LAST MEETING VS. TEXAS A&M (L, 80-68 vs. Texas A&M on Nov. 16, 2009): DALLAS (AP)--Donald Sloan scored 24 points and Derrick Roland contributed 21 to lift Texas A&M to an 80-68 victory over SMU. The Dallas natives led the way in the Aggies' first game at SMU since 1996. The schools are former Southwest Conference rivals. Roland made all eight of his free throws and Sloan hit three 3-pointers for the Aggies. B.J. Holmes added 11 points with three 3-pointers for Texas A&M. Texas A&M led 36-26 at halftime, and after the Mustangs got within four points twice, stretched the lead back out to double digits. Roland scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half. Mouhammad Faye scored 21 points and Paul McCoy added 20 for SMU.
THE SERIES VS. MISSOURI STATE (3-1): This would be the 5th meeting between the two programs with SMU holding a 3-1 advantage. The Mustangs won the last meeting, the only other neutral site game between the two programs, in the Hoops for Hope Classic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Missouri State's lone victory in the series came in the 2000 Postseason NIT in Missouri.
LAST MEETING VS. MISSOURI STATE (W, 62-61 at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Nov. 15, 2012): PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP)-- Nick Russell scored 25 points and SMU beat Missouri State 62-61 in the third-place game of the Hoops for Hope Classic. Russell was 9 of 15 from the field and tied a career high with his 25 points (previous: 25 at Texas State - 11/17/12). Jalen Jones had 17 points and seven rebounds. Ryan Manuel added nine points and blocked Missouri State's Marcus Marshall's 3-point attempt with 0:04 left to secure the victory. SMU led by two at halftime, 26-24, in a game that saw three lead changes and four ties. The largest lead at any time was nine points. The Mustangs took the lead for good when Russell hit a jumper with 10 seconds left. Both teams scored 22 points in the paint, and the Bears got 26 points off turnovers. But the Mustangs shot 51 percent for the game, while the Bears shot 42 percent. Anthony Downing had 20 points and eight rebounds for Missouri State. Marshall added 18.
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 1673-1210 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 197-79 (20-18 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 8 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 106-18 (.855) at home. He is 11-7 (.611) 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: SMU Men's Basketball team has 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.
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. The Mustangs are averaging 3,401 so far this season.
BALANCED SCORING: On offense, seven Mustangs are averaging at least 6.5 points per game. The team is averaging 77.5 points per game with Nic Moore (12.8) and Yanick Moreira (11.7) averaging double figures.
BENCH SCORING: SMU is averaging 32.3 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 35.9% from the field (1st AAC, 21st NCAA). SMU has held 11 of its last 15 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.
PAINT IS KEY: The Mustangs have outscored their opponents in the paint in all six games this year. SMU has scored 50 or more points in the paint twice this season, a 54-point output against Rhode Island (11/11) and 52 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (11/24). On average, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents in the key by a count of 39.7-17.7.
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.): Has played in all 6 games, averaging 2.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game. Had a team-high seven rebounds in 13 minutes against Texas State. Scored first two collegiate points against Rhode Island.
Cannen Cunningham (6-10, 225, C, Jr.): Played in all 6 games, averaging 6.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 9.7 minutes per game. Shooting 14-18 (77.8%) on the season, and 10-11 (90.9%) from the FT line. SMU Career Rankings: 79 blocks, good for ninth at SMU.
Kevin Dunleavy (6-3, 180, G, Jr.): Played in 3 games. 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.): Played in 5 games (missed at Arkansas), averaging 6.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 19.4 minutes per game. Did not play at Arkansas (injury). 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.): Played in all 6 games, averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.2 minutes. Had two points and two rebounds in his SMU debut against TCU.
Markus Kennedy (6-9, 245, F, RS-So.): Played in all 6 games, averaging 9.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, a steal and an assist in 19.0 minutes. Scored a career-high 14 points and tied his career high in block shots with four against Sam Houston State. Went 8-8 from the free-throw line against Sam Houston State. Tallied four points, four rebounds, one block and a steal in his SMU debut against TCU.
Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Started all 6 games, averaging 5.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Career-high three blocks to go along with three assists, two points and a steal in 20 minutes against Texas State. School Record: Netted the most free-throws by a sophomore (2012-13) in SMU history with 167, a mark that included nine games of 7+ free throws.
Ben Moore (6-8, 185, F, Fr.): Played in all 6 games, averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 13.5 minutes. Shooting 18-27 (66.7%) from the field. Tallied 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting while adding two blocks and an assist at Arkansas. Awards: American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week (11/18) Prep: All-Illinois Honorable Mention selection and Mr. Basketball. finalist
Nic Moore (5-9, 170, G, RS-So.): Started all 6 games, averaging 12.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists (3rd American) and 1.7 steals. Has scored in double figures in five of six games. Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll (11/18)
Yanick Moreira (6-11, 220, C, Jr.): Started all 6 games, averaging 11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 20.0 minutes. First Mustang to record a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds against Sam Houston State, his fourth-straight game in double figures in points. Shot 6-6 from the floor against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the first player to shoot perfect from the field (min. 5 FGM) since Papa Dia went 10-10 against Southern Miss on Jan. 22, 2011. 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.): Played 3 games, averaging 0.7 rebounds and 2.0 minutes per game. 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.): Started all 6 games, averaging 8.7 points, 3.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and a steal in 29.8 minutes per game. Had a career-high eight rebounds and a season-high six assists against Sam Houston State. Has distributed multiple assists in all five of SMU's games this year. 2012-13: 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.): Played in 3 games, averaging 1.3 points and a rebound in 1.7 minutes per game. Scored his first collegiate points in his first collegiate game on the Mustangs' second-to-last possession against Rhode Island.
Shawn Williams (6-7, 230, F, RS-Sr.): Started all 6 games, averaging 6.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game. 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.
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.