SMU (8-1) Returns To Action At Rhode Island (2-7) On Saturday At 2pm ET/1pm CT #PonyUp
Dec. 11, 2012
SMU Mustangs (8-1) at RHODE ISLAND Rams (2-7)
SMU (8-1) visits Rhode Island (2-7) on Saturday after two-week break for final exams. The Mustangs' last outing was a 73-47 win at Hofstra on Dec. 1. The 8-1 start is the best start for SMU since going 9-1 to open the 2006-07 season. The Mustangs are 3-0 in road games this season, winning three non-conference road games for the first time since 2003-04.
LAST GAME (W 73-47 at Hofstra on Dec. 1): HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- Nick Russell had 20 points, five rebounds and seven assists Saturday to lead SMU to a 73-47 victory over Hofstra. Jalen Jones had 14 points and 12 rebounds for SMU, while Cannen Cunningham had 10 points and nine rebounds and Shawn Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Mustangs finished with a 49-37 advantage on the boards. Stevie Mejia had 11 points for Hofstra. The Mustangs (8-1) scored the first 10 points of the game and led by as many as 19 points on two occasions. SMU led 31-19 at halftime as Hofstra (3-5) shot 21.9 percent (7 of 32), including 2 of 11 from 3-point range. The Mustangs shot 38.2 percent (13 of 34) in the half. Hofstra's poor shooting continued and the Mustangs took advantage to go ahead by as many as 27 points with about 12 minutes left and they cruised from there. The Pride finished at 25.9 percent from the field (15 of 58) and made 5 of 18 from 3-point range. SMU shot 47.5 percent for the game (29 of 61), going 16 of 26 in the second half (59.3 percent). Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown brought the Mustangs back to the area where he was a standout athlete at Long Beach H.S. before going on to North Carolina and then a career in the ABA. He has coached a record nine NBA teams and his other college stops were iconic programs UCLA and Kansas. This was SMU's first game in New York State since 1950. The Mustangs broke a four-game losing streak in New York and are 4-6 in the Empire State all-time.
UP NEXT: SMU has three more games away from home; at Utah on Dec. 18 and then two games at Santa Clara in the Cable Car Classic on Dec. 21 and 22. SMU faces Wagner in the semifinal of the Cable Car Classic and then Santa Clara or Alcorn State on Dec. 22. The next home game is Dec. 30 against Furman.
THE SERIES VS. RHODE ISLAND (0-0): The teams are meeting for the first time.
LAST MEETING VS. RHODE ISLAND: N/A
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 38th season as a head coach and eighth at the NCAA level. He has an overall record of 1661-1193 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 185-62 (8-1 at SMU), making the NCAA tournament in each of his previous seven season including three Final Fours (1980, 1986, 1988) and the 1988 NCAA title.
ACTIVE HALL OF FAMERS: There are four active coaches that have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Larry Brown AT HOME (NCAA): His teams are 99-11 (.900) at home. He is 4-0 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 46-33 (.582) in NCAA road games. He is 3-0 with SMU after a 64-61 win at TCU on 11/15 and 78-75 win at Texas State 11/17.
Larry Brown IN NEUTRAL SITE GAMES (NCAA): His teams are 40-18 (.690) in neutral site games. He is 1-1 (.500) in neutral site games with SMU.
MENTOR VS. MOP: On Jan. 6, Larry Brown (SMU) and Danny Manning (Tulsa) will matchup as head coaches for the first time. Brown was the head coach and Manning was the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) of the Final Four as Kansas won the 1988 NCAA Championship. It will be just the second matchup as head coaches for a tandem that was head coach and MOP for an NCAA title team. - Howie Dallmar - 1942 MOP for Stanford (Coach was Everett Dean); Dean (Stanford) vs. Dallmar (Penn) at Penn on Dec. 29 1950 (Penn wins 59-58) - Danny Manning - 1988 MOP for Kansas (Coach was Larry Brown); Manning (Tulsa) vs. Brown (SMU) at SMU on Jan. 6, and at Tulsa on March 6
BIG EAST: Dec. 7, 2011 - SMU accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST Conference in all sports, President R. Gerald Turner announced, fulfilling the University's goal to join a Bowl Championship Series Automatic Qualifier (BCS-AQ) conference. SMU, Houston, Memphis and UCF accepted full membership into the BIG EAST while Boise State and San Diego State will compete as football-only members. The BIG EAST Conference Board of Directors, by a unanimous vote of its Presidents, extended the invitations for membership. SMU, Houston, UCF and Memphis will begin competing in all BIG EAST-sponsored sports in the 2013-14 academic year. The football-only members are Boise State and San Diego State beginning in 2013, East Carolina in 2014 and Navy in 2015. Tulane also accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST in all sports on Nov. 27, 2012, and will be an all-sports member begining in 2014-15.
COVERING PRACTICE: The SMU men's basketball team practices at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding game days). Head Coach Larry Brown, other members of the staff and student-athletes will only be available BEFORE practice. Practices are open to members of the media. Media members can watch practice from designated areas off the court. Please notify the Public Relations Office in advance.
8-1: SMU's 8-1 start is the best since opening 9-1 in 2006-07. The last start of better than 9-1 was an 11-1 genisis to the 1999-2000 season, when SMU reached the NIT. The Mustangs 5-0 start was the best since a 10-0 to the 1997-98 season.
20/20/20/20 VISION: SMU has had four players score 20+ points this season.
ATTENDANCE UP: SMU season tickets are up 79% from last year. The Mustangs are off to their best start since 2006-07 and the excitement is quickly spreading. SMU saw a 101% gain in attendance during the month of November (compared to the Nov. 2011).
BALANCED SCORING: SMU has had 4 players score in double-digits in 5 of 9 games this season (4-1).
BLOCK THAT SHOT: SMU is averaging 4.6 blocked shots (5th C-USA, 76th NCAA) and had 11 blocked shots at Texas State (11/17), the 5th most in school history and most since the Mustangs had 12 against UT-Tyler 11/19/04.
FAR AWAY, BUT VERY CLOSE: SMU has played four games away from home (three road 3-0, two neutral site 1-1), with three of them resulting in wins by three or less points. - 11/15 at TCU - W, 64-61 - 11/17 at Texas State - W, 78-75 - 11/25 vs. Missouri State - W, 62-61
FREE THROWS (Through Dec. 9): SMU is 7th in the NCAA for free throws made per game (19.4) and 16th in attempts per contest (26.2). SMU has only been under 20 FTAs one time, going 9-13 in the 73-67 win at Hofstra on Dec. 1. The season-high is 37 FTAs (23-37) in the 62-61 win against Missouri State on Nov. 25. Rank by FTM/g GM W-L FT FTA FT% FTM/g FTA/g New Mexico 10 10-0 216 282 76.6 21.6 28.2 Villanova 9 5-4 189 270 70.0 21.0 30.0 Virginia Tech 8 7-1 164 210 78.1 20.5 26.3 LIU Brooklyn 7 3-4 143 203 70.4 20.4 29.0 UNLV 8 7-1 163 220 74.1 20.4 27.5 Indiana 9 9-0 183 244 75.0 20.3 27.1 SMU 9 8-1 175 236 74.2 19.4 26.2 Arizona 7 7-0 135 177 76.3 19.3 25.3 Stanford 9 6-3 172 228 75.4 19.1 25.3 Minnesota 11 10-1 208 289 72.0 18.9 26.3
MUSTANG STATE: Through 9 games, all of SMU's starters are all from the state of Texas, with 4 of the 5 from the DFW area: Cannen Cunningham (Arlington), Jalen Jones (Dallas), Ryan Manuel (Houston), Nick Russell (Duncanville), Shawn Williams (Duncanville), The Mustangs top reserve is also from DFW; London Giles (Dallas).
ROAD MUSTANGS: SMU is 3-0 on the road this season. The Mustangs have won 3 road non-conference games for the first time since 2003-04. SMU last won a school-record tyring 4 road non-conference games was 1991-92. Dec. 1 is also the earliest SMU has had 3 road wins, beating the previous date of Dec. 9 in 2003-04.
YOUTH & INEXPERIENCE: The Mustangs are one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the country this season, totaling just 11 collegiate seasons among those eligible to play this season.
STREAKS: 10+points: Jalen Jones 3 (17, 20, 14), Shawn Williams 2 (10, 10), Nick Russell (20), Cannen Cunningham (10) 20+points: Nick Russell (20) 8+ rebounds: Jalen Jones 2 (16, 12), Cannen Cunningham 2 (8, 9), Shawn Williams (10) Dbl-Dbl: Jalen Jones 2 (20 pts, 16 rebs; 14 pts, 12 rebs), Shawn Williams (10 pts, 10 rebs) 5+ assists: Nick Russell 2 (8, 7) 3+ steals: Nick Russell (4) 2+ blocks: Jalen Jones (3)
Brian Bernardi (Fr.): Averaging 3.3 points and hitting 50.0% on 3FGs (8-16)...Scored a career high 8 points against Hofstra (12/1)...Hit a 3FG in 5 straight games (TCU 11/15 - UALR 11/24).
Cannen Cunningham (So.): Averaging 9.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks (3rd C-USA, 106th NCAA)... Shooting 55.6% on FGs (4th C-USA)... Had 10 points and tied a career high with 9 boards against Hofstra (12/1)... Great all-around night against Utah (11/28) with 8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocks (tied career high)... Posted a career high 20 points against Rider (11/21); made 8-10 FGs and added 2 blocks.
Jordan Dickerson (Fr.): Has totaled 13 rebounds, 5 points and 4 blocked shots in 8 games.
Kevin Dunleavy (So.): Played in 2 games (Rider 11/21 and Malone 11/19).
London Giles (Sr.): Averages 3.8 points in 16.9 minutes per game...Season high 12 points against UALR (11/24), making 4-4 3FGs; played in a season high 24 minutes...RECORDS: T-7th SMU history in 3FG% (.389); shooting 47.1% (8-17) this season.
Crandall Head (Transfer): Transferred after sophomore season at Illinois...Played 26 games in 2 seasons.
Jalen Jones (So.): Averages 15.8 points (1st SMU, 4th C-USA), 8.3 rebounds (1st SMU, 8th C-USA, 74th NCAA) and 1.2 blocked shots (8th C-USA)...Has three double-doubles on the season...Has 4 games with 20+ points...HONORS: C-USA Player of the Week (12/3) after averaging 17 pts and 14 rebs in two wins over Utah and Hofstra...FIRST SINCE: Had consecutive double-doubles (Utah, at Hofstra), first Mustang to post back-to-back double-doubles since Papa Dia in 2010-11... Scored 20 points with a career-high 16 rebounds against Utah (11/28); first Mustang with 15+ points and 15+ rebounds since Papa Dia (3/21/11 at Northern Iowa - 17 pts, 21 rebs) - had 8 offensive boards, first since Ike Ofoegbu (1/10/07) had 8 against Southern Miss... 20+: Had 20+ points in 3 straight games against TCU, Texas State and Malone, becoming the first Mustang to score 20+ in 3 straight since Papa Dia (1/8/11-1/15/11)....Scored a career-high 24 points at Texas State (11/17); tied a career high with 3 blocks...Scored 21 points against TCU (11/15), including a career-high 4 three-pointers; had 3 blocks.
Markus Kennedy (Transfer): Transferred after freshman season at Villanova...Averaged 3.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest in 31 games.
Ryan Manuel (So.): Averages 13.0 points (17th C-USA) and 2.7 assists (14th C-USA) in 34.8 minutes (6th C-USA...Is 80.0% on FTs (T-11th C-USA)... Had 14 points against Utah (11/28); 6-6 FTs... Blocked Missouri State's Marcus Marshall's 3-point attempt with 4 seconds left to clinch the 62-61 victory; now has 2 game-clinching blocks this season (also against TCU 11/15)... Posted first career double-double (career high 24 pts, career high 11 rebs) against Rider (11/21); made 11-12 FTs...Had 16 points and a career-high 5 assists at TCU (11/15)... Made 12-of-15 free throws against LMU (11/11) the most made free throws made by a Mustang since Derek Williams converted 14 attempts on Jan. 30, 2010 against Memphis.
Blaise Mbargorba (Fr.): Missed first eight games with a shoulder injury.
Nic Moore (Transfer): Transferred after freshman season at Illinois State...At ISU, he played all 35 games with 29 starts...Averaged 10.0 points and 3.9 assists while posting a 1.71 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Uche Ofoegbu (Fr.): Totaled 7 rebounds, 2 points and 2 blocks in 6 games.
Nick Russell (Jr.): Averages 15.1 points (8th C-USA) and 4.7 assists (4th C-USA) in 36.3 minutes (2nd C-USA)...Has a 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio (9th C-USA)...Posted third 20+ point game against Hofstra (12/1) with 20 points; added 7 assists, 5 rebounds and a career high 4 steals... Tied a career high with 8 assists against Utah (11/19)... Tied a career high with 25 points against Missouri State (9-15 FGs)...Career-high 25 points at Texas State (11/17); also grabbed 6 rebounds and 2 steals...GAME-WINNER: Hit the game-winner with 10 seconds left in the 62-61 win vs. Missouri State 11/24 in the Hoops for Hope 3rd-place game (had 25 points, 2 assists, 2 steals)... HONORS: Named to the Hoops for Hope All-Tournament Team (11.5 pts, 3.8 rebs, 4.5 asts) and had the game-winner vs. Missouri State (62-61) in the 3rd-place game.
Shawn Williams (Jr.): Averaging 9.0 points and 6.1 rebounds (15th C-USA) while hitting 39.1% on 3FGs (14th C-USA)...Has two double-doubles this season... ... Notched second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebs (tied a career high) against Hofstra (12/1); 2-2 3FGs... First career double-double (15 pts, 10 rebs) against UALR (11/24); 15 points was a career high; 10 rebounds tied a career high; 6-6 FTs... Played a career-high 40 minutes at TCU (11/15).
Garrett Wilson (Fr.): Played in 4 games...has 1 rebound and 1 steal.
FAMILIAR FOE: SMU has met seven opponents more than 100 times.
Larry Brown IN OT (NCAA): 3-4
SMU IS SOCIAL:
SMU SIGNS 3 FOR 2013-14: SMU Head Coach Larry Brown announced that three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Mustangs beginning with the 2013-14 season, which will be SMU's first campaign in the BIG EAST. The class includes a top-flight junior college signee in Yanick Moreira and a pair of highly-touted Chicago-area student-athletes in Sterling Brown and Ben Moore. Brown is a four-star 6-4 guard from Proviso East High School, Moore is a three-star 6-8 forward from Bolingbrook High School, and Moreira is a 6-11 forward that is rated as high as No. 1 for junior college signees. The Mustangs will add six newcomers next season, including the three signees. SMU has three transfers sitting out this year in Nic Moore (5-9, 170, So. from Illinois State), Markus Kennedy (6-9, 260, So. from Villanova) and Crandall Head (6-4, 180, Jr. from Illinois).
Moody Coliseum Renovation And Expansion - $47 MILLION PROJECT:
Two lead gifts - a $20 million gift from the Moody Foundation and a $10 million commitment from SMU trustee David B. Miller '72, '73 and his wife Carolyn Lacy Miller - will help provide an extensive expansion and renovation of Moody Coliseum. Through the years, Moody Coliseum, a campus and Dallas landmark, has served both the University and community. Home to men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball and the pageantry of SMU Commencement, the coliseum also has hosted commencement ceremonies for thousands of area high school students, cultural programming and political rallies. Speakers have included four U.S. presidents and numerous other national and international figures. Moody Coliseum is undergoing expansion and extensive renovation, providing many new and improved features that include new premium seating, renovation of the entry lobby and concourses and state-of-the-art upgrades. This project will revitalize Moody Coliseum as a preeminent collegiate sports arena and multi-purpose event facility, preserving its historical character while adding the most modern technological enhancements. Construction began in August 2012 with the expansion of the building's north façade followed by renovation of the interior space and infrastructure upgrades. The renovated Moody Coliseum is scheduled to reopen in December 2013.
WORLD-CLASS FACILITY: The new Crum Basketball Center at SMU is a world-class training center. The 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks used the Crum Center for their 2008, 2009 and 2010 training camps. Several other NBA teams have used the facility when they are in town to play the Mavericks.
Nick Russell NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT AT HOOPS FOR HOPE TOURNAMENT: PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (SMU) - Junior guard Nick Russell received Hoops For Hope Classic All-Tournament honors on Sunday night, just hours after hitting the biggest shot during SMU's (6-1) first seven games. Russell hit the game-winning jumper with 10 seconds remaining in the Mustangs' 62-61 victory over Missouri State on Sunday night. The junior tied a career high with 25 points in the contest on 9-of-15 shooting in 38 minutes. For the tournament, Russell averaged 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists, and guided SMU to a 3-1 record over the four-game event.
Russell has been a key part of SMU's 6-1 start to the 2012-13 season, leading the team in scoring (16.0) and assists (3.9). SMU is off to its best start since opening the 2006-07 campaign at 10-1.
COACH BROWN RETURNS TO NEW YORK: Head Coach Larry Brown had a "homecoming" as SMU won 73-47 at Hofstra on Dec. 1. Hofstra, located in Hempstead, N.Y., is just over 20 miles away from Brown's hometown of Brooklyn. Brown went to high school in Long Beach, N.Y., which is about 10 miles away from the site of Saturday's game. Brown also had NBA coaching stints with the New York Knicks (2005-06) and the nearby New Jersey Nets (1981-83).
RETURN TO NEW YORK: On Dec. 1, SMU won 73-47 at Hofstra in its first game in the state of New York for the first time since Dec. 9, 1950 (L, 64-55 at Canisius). SMU had last played in the New York metro area in 1994, when splitting two games in the Seton Hall/Meadowlands Tournament.
MUSTANGS' INTERNATIONAL: The Mustangs played in the Hoops for Hope Tournament in Puerrto Vallarta, Mexico, on Nov. 24 and 25. The Mustangs had played in two previous international tournaments: The San Juan Shootout (San Juan, P.R.) during the 2000-01 season and the Suntory Ball Classic (Tokyo, Japan) in the 1986-87 campaign. SMU has also participated in two offseason international tours: Canada in 2003 and the Tour d' Africa in 2008.