SMU Hosts Texas-Pan American Wednesday At 7:30 PM At The Curtis Culwell Center
Dec. 16, 2013
The Last Meeting
January 4, 2007
SMU (8-2) hosts UTPA (4-8) on Wednesday at the Curtis Culwell Center at 7:30 p.m. This is the Mustangs' final off-campus home game as Moody Coliseum reopens for basketball when SMU hosts Connecticut on Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. The Mustangs are playing their first game in 14 days following a 73-65 win at Illinois-Chicago on Dec. 4. The layoff was extended when the Dec. 7 Hofstra game was postponed due to weather. That game will now be played in Moody Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 19.
On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 36.1% from the field (1st American, 3rd NCAA). SMU has held 14 of its last 19 (8 of 10 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. 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, six Mustangs are averaging at least 6.0 points per game. The team is averaging 75.4 points per game with Nic Moore (14.5) and Yanick Moreira (10.8) averaging double figures. SMU is first in The American in FG percentage (.508) and leading the league in rebound margin (+9.5), outrebounding 9 of 10 opponents. The only opponent to outrebound SMU was [RV/-] Texas A&M (37-33) on 11/30 (W, 55-52) and the best margin was +26 (46-20) versus Sam Houston State on 11/26 (W, 72-53).
Last Monday (Dec. 9), Nic Moore was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for the second-straight week, and the third time this season, averaging 17.5 points, 5.0 assists and shot at an 80% clip from beyond the arc. Junior center Yanick Moreira (Nov. 25) has also been named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll this season. 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.
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.
LAST GAME (W, 73-65 AT ILLINOIS-CHICAGO ON DEC. 4) CHICAGO - Nic Moore scored 20 points and dished out seven assists to lead SMU to a 73-65 win over UIC in the first-ever meeting between the programs. Markus Kennedy added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Mustangs. SMU (8-2), playing for the fourth time in six days, won its third straight game behind balanced scoring. Ten Mustangs scored in the first half and 11 reached the scoring column for the game. SMU shot 54.2 percent from the floor. The teams combined for 39 personal fouls and 44 free throw attempts. Kelsey Barlow scored a game-high 31 for UIC (3-5). The senior poured in a career-high 38 last Wednesday in a 94-78 victory. SMU jumped to a 12-0 lead, taking advantage of a rusty UIC team that hadn't played in a week. The Flames battled back to tie the game three separate times in the second half, but SMU found an answer each time UIC tried to seize momentum.
UP NEXT: The Mustangs play at Wyoming on Friday (8pm CT/7pm MT) in their final game before league play. SMU opens the American Athletic Conference slate at Cincinnati on Jan. 1 (6pm ET/5pm CT) on ESPNU. The Mustangs open the renovated ($47 million) Moody Coliseum against Connecticut on Jan. 4 at 1 p.m.
THE SERIES VS. UTPA (5-1): This is the seventh meeting between the two programs. SMU holds the 5-1 advantage and is 2-1 when playing at home. The Mustangs have won the last five meetings between the two teams. SMU's lone loss in the series came in Dallas in 1974.
LAST MEETING VS. UTPA (W, 84-71 at SMU on Jan. 4, 2007): DALLAS (AP) - Jon Killen scored a career-high 16 points in SMU's 84-71 win over Texas-Pan American. Donatas Rackauskas scored 13 points and Derrick Roberts and Ike Ofoegbu each scored 12 for SMU. Dez Willingham added 11. Kano Edwards came off the bench to lead Texas-Pan American with 14 points. Johnathan Chatman and Colin Lien added 13 points. Paul Stoll scored 11 and Zach Trader added 10. SMU led from the start, as the Mustangs shot 60 percent from the field in the first half and finished the game at 55 percent. Texas-Pan American shot 31 percent in the first half and 44 percent for the night.
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 1676-1211 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 200-80 (23-19 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 107-18 (.856) at home. He is 12-7 (.632) 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 48-41 (.539) in road games. He is 7-8 (.467) 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.
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 has over 1,000 new season tickets. 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. Russell 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 3,371 so far this season with home games off campus at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. The Mustangs will play all American Athletic Conference home games on campus in the renovated Moody Coliseum.
BALANCED SCORING: On offense, six Mustangs are averaging at least 6.0 points per game. The team is averaging 75.4 points per game with Nic Moore (14.5) and Yanick Moreira (10.8) averaging double figures.
BENCH SCORING: SMU is averaging 31.8 points per game off the bench. SMU had 49 points off the bench on Dec. 2 against McNeese State, the Mustangs' third game this season with 40+ bench points (42 vs. Rhode Island, 45 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff).
FG% 50+: In 5 of 10 games this year, SMU has shot 50% or better, including each of its last 2 contests. In the Mustangs' 87-61 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, SMU shot 66.7% from the field, tying for the sixth-highest clip in program history. The Mustangs are ninth in the nation and first in The American in field goal percentage at 50.8%
CRASHING THE GLASS: The Mustangs have outrebounded their opponents in 9 of 10 games, averaging 38.8 rebounds per game compared to their opponents 29.3 per game. SMU is No. 15 in the nation and first in The American in rebounding margin at +9.5.
FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 36.1% from the field (1st American, 3rd NCAA). SMU has held 14 of its last 19 (8 of 10 this year) 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. The Mustangs also have eight non-conference games available on ESPN3.
PAINT IS KEY: The Mustangs have outscored their opponents in the paint in all 10 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 35.8-18.2.
ROAD MUSTANGS: The Mustangs are 11-12 under Larry Brown in road/neutral games (7-8 road/4-4 neutral). In 2012-13, SMU went 6-7 on the road, 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 10 games, averaging 2.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game. Scored a season-high 5 points to go along with 6 rebounds against McNeese State. Had a team-high 7 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 10 games, averaging 5.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per game. Shooting 19-26 (73.1%) on the season, and 17-19 (89.5%) from the FT line. SMU Career Rankings: 84 blocks, good for eighth at SMU.
Kevin Dunleavy (6-3, 180, G, Jr.): Played in 4 games. Scored his first career points (2) against McNeese State. Made his first appearance of the season against Rhode Island. 2012-13: Averaged 1.8 minutes in 5 games a year ago. Recorded his first career steal at Hofstra.
Keith Frazier (6-5, 190, G, Fr.): Played in 9 games, averaging 6.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 17.6 minutes per game. Did not play at Arkansas (injury). Third on the team with 11 points, including 9 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 9 games, averaging 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.8 minutes. Scored a career-high 6 points to go along with a season-high 2 assists against McNeese State. Had 2 points and 2 rebounds in his SMU debut against TCU.
Markus Kennedy (6-9, 245, F, RS-So.): Played in all 10 games, averaging 9.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.4 assists in 20.6 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 4 against Sam Houston State. Went 8-8 from the free-throw line against Sam Houston State. Tallied 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal in his SMU debut against TCU.
Ryan Manuel (6-4, 185, G, Jr.): Played in all 10 games, starting 9, averaging 5.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Had a season-high 4 assists to go along with 8 points against McNeese State. Career-high 3 blocks to go along with 3 assists, 2 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 10 games, averaging 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 13.5 minutes. Shooting 28-40 (70.0%) from the field. Recorded a season-high and game-high 5 assists to go along with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting against McNeese State. Tallied 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting while adding 2 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 10 games, averaging 14.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists (6th American) and 1.3 steals. Led SMU to its first road win of the season on Dec. 4, scoring 20 points on 6-11 shooting (3-5 from three), while adding 7 assists. First player to go 5-for-5 or better from beyond the arc since Rodney Clinkscales did so on 11/12/10 against Arkansas- Little Rock. First in The American and 31st in the NCAA in three-pointers made with 3.0 per game. Has scored in double figures in 9 of 10 games. Fourth in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage at 60%. Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll three times (11/18, 12/2 and 12/9).
Yanick Moreira (6-11, 220, C, Jr.): Started all 10 games, averaging 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 block in 19.7 minutes. Only Mustang to record a double-double this season with 13 points and 12 rebounds against Sam Houston State, his fourth-straight game in double figures in points. Shot 6-of-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 4 games, averaging 0.5 rebounds and 2.0 minutes per game. Made his NCAA Division I debut against Rhode Island. 2011-13: 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.): Played in all 10 games, starting 9, averaging 8.5 points, 3.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds 0.9 steals in 29.8 minutes per game. Had a career-high 8 rebounds and a season-high 6 assists against Sam Houston State. Has distributed multiple assists in all 5 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 4 games, averaging 1.5 points and 0.8 rebounds in 1.8 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.): Played in 10 games, starting 9, averaging 4.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 15.5 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.