SMU Hosts McNeese State Monday At 7:30 PM In Garland
Dec. 1, 2013
The SMU Mustangs (6-2) host McNeese State (2-5) on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. This is SMU's fifth game in nine days. The Mustangs enter the matchup off a 55-52 win against Texas A&M, who was receiving votes in the Associated Press poll, in the third-place game of the Corpus Christi Challenge on Saturday. SMU is 4-0 at home this season.
On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 36.8% from the field (2nd American, 21st NCAA). SMU has held 12 of its last 17 opponents (6 of 8 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, five Mustangs are averaging at least 6.0 points per game. The team is averaging 74.1 points per game with Nic Moore (13.8) and Yanick Moreira (11.9) averaging double figures. SMU is second in The American in rebound margin (+8.9), and has outrebounded 7 of 8 opponents. The only opponent to outrebound SMU was [RV/-] Texas A&M (37-33) on 11/30 and the best margin was +26 (46-20) versus Sam Houston State on 11/26.
After SMU's third-place finish at the Corpus Christi Challenge, Nic Moore was named to the All-Tournament team. Moore averaged 16.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and a steal while hitting 7-of 12 (.583) 3-pointers. He had a team-high 17 points in the 76-73 loss to [RV/RV] Virginia and followed that with 16 points, including 4-of-6 on three-pointers in the 55-52 win against [RV/-] Texas A&M.
Last Monday (Nov. 25), 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.
LAST WEEKEND (W, 55-52 VS. TEXAS A&M ON NOV. 30): CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- Nic Moore paced SMU with 16 points as the Mustangs clipped Texas A&M in a tight, back-and-forth affair, 55-52, in the consolation game of Corpus Christi Challenge. Aggies guard J-Mychal Reese had a 3-point attempt to tie the game and send it to overtime, but the runner clanged off the backboard and fell harmlessly. Reese finished with 11 points, while Davonte Fitzgerald led A&M with 12. SMU (6-2) got 14 points and six boards from Yanick Moreira, while Nick Russell was good on all four of his free throw attempts, including a pair that gave the Mustangs a three-point lead with 3.3 seconds remaining. The Aggies (6-2) built a four-point halftime lead, as Fitzgerald and Kourtney Robinson combined for half of their 30 points. SMU took the lead back for the final time with 26 seconds left on a Moore free throw. Russell then iced it with his pair. The Mustangs shot 40 percent from the floor, including 4 of 11 from beyond the arc. They were only 57.9 percent from the line, but made six straight at the end of the game when it counted most. A&M had a rough night shooting, hitting just 34.7 percent and 3 of 10 from 3-point land. After a very tight first half, SMU came out flying to start the second. Moreira made a pair of layups and Moore hit a 3 to wrest the lead from the Aggies. Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy couldn't wait for the television timeout and called his own at 16:32 to try to stem the tide. Reese picked it up after the timeout for A&M, scoring eight points -- mostly from the line -- and the score was tied at 45 at 6:49. SMU had an extended possession, pulling down two offensive rebounds, but Russell's floater wouldn't go, and Jordan Green charged back the other way and drew a foul as he slashed to the bucket. He hit one of his free throws to tie it back up at 51 with 1:48 left. After holding the ball to kill some clock, Reese drove the lane and was fouled by Russell. Reese only made one of his free throws to give A&M a 1-point lead. On the ensuing possession, Antwan Space fouled Moore, who hit both of his free throws to push the Mustangs up by one with 26 seconds left. A scramble resulted in a held ball, but A&M had the arrow and retained possession at 11.3. After the inbounds play, Kennedy called a time out to set his offense again at 9.7. He ran a play for Reese, who drove to the bucket but his contested shot slipped out and Russell pulled down the rebound and was fouled. Russell went to the other end and made both resulting free throws to give SMU a 3-point lead with 3.3. Reese's last-second running 3-point attempt didn't draw iron, allowing the Mustangs to walk out of Corpus Christi as the third place team in the tourney. (L, 76-73 VS. VIRGINIA ON NOV. 29): CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- Anthony Gill made several big buckets late in the second half and finished with 19 points to lead Virginia over SMU 76-73 in the semifinals of the Corpus Christi Challenge. Virginia (6-1) will face the winner of Missouri State and Texas A&M in the final on Saturday. Gill scored 12 points down the stretch to lead the Cavaliers to a 7-point lead with 5:05 remaining. SMU responded though on several baskets inside the paint, the last a Yanick Moreira lay-in on a nice feed from Markus Kennedy. Moreira was fouled by Joe Harris on the play, and the made free throw drew the lead to 74-73. Keith Frazier stole the ball from Virginia as they tried to kill the clock, but Moreira was called for travelling with 2.0 seconds remaining. On the in-bounds play, Harris was fouled and made both ensuing free throws to seal the victory.
UP NEXT: The Mustangs play at Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. The week concludes with SMU hosting Hofstra on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 12 p.m. at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco. The Mustangs then have 11 days between games during final exams; hosting UTPA at the Curtis Culwell Center on Dec. 18. (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.)
THE SERIES VS. McNEESE STATE (1-0): This is only the second meeting between the two programs. SMU has the sole win in the series, a neutral site game in the 2006 Colonial Classic in Tallahassee, Fla.
LAST MEETING VS. McNEESE STATE (W, 70-54 at Tallahassee, Fla. on Nov. 13, 2006): TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -Devon Pearson scored 17 points to lead SMU to a 70-54 victory over McNeese State on the second day of the Colonial Classic. The Mustangs made 12-of-22 3-pointer. Ike Ofoegbu had 14 points and eight rebounds and Jon Killen added 13 points and nine assists for SMU. Derrick Roberts added 11 points for the Mustangs. John Ford's 3-pointer at the buzzer brought McNeese State within two points at the half, 27-25, but the Cowboys could get no closer. Ford scored all 11 of his points in the first half. Jarvis Bradley led the Cowboys with 15 points and eight rebounds. Troy Aaron added 13 points - all in the second half.
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 1674-1211 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 198-80 (21-19 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 45-21 (.682) 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, five Mustangs are averaging at least 6.0 points per game. The team is averaging 74.1 points per game with Nic Moore (13.8) and Yanick Moreira (11.9) averaging double figures.
BENCH SCORING: SMU is averaging 29.8 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 36.8% from the field (2nd AAC, 21st NCAA). SMU has held 12 of its last 17 opponents (6 of 8 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.
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 eight 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 36-18.
ROAD MUSTANGS: The Mustangs are 10-12 under Larry Brown in road/neutral games (6-8 road/4-4 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 8 games, averaging 2.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.3 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 8 games, averaging 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game. Shooting 17-22 (77.3%) on the season, and 11-13 (84.6%) from the FT line. SMU Career Rankings: 83 blocks, good for eighth 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 7 games (missed at Arkansas), averaging 6.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 19.1 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 7 games, averaging 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.4 minutes. Had two points and two rebounds in his SMU debut against TCU.
Markus Kennedy (6-9, 245, F, RS-So.): Played in all 8 games, averaging 9.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.1 steals and 1.5 assists in 21.1 minutes. Recorded or tied team-highs in rebounds (5), assists (5) and blocks (2) against Virginia. 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 8 games, averaging 5.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 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 8 games, averaging 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12.0 minutes. Shooting 18-28 (64.3%) 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 8 games, averaging 13.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists (3rd American) and 1.5 steals. Second in The American in three-pointers made with 2.8 per game. Has scored in double figures in seven of eight games. Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll (11/18)
Yanick Moreira (6-11, 220, C, Jr.): Started all 8 games, averaging 11.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 20.5 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. Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll (11/25) 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 8 games, averaging 8.6 points, 3.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds 1.1 steals in 30.6 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 8 games, averaging 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 15.9 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.