SMU (8-3) Plays Wagner (4-4) On Friday At 8pm CT/6pm PT #PonyUp
Dec. 20, 2012
46th Annual Cable Car Classic
SMU Mustangs (8-3) vs. WAGNER Seahawks (4-4)
SMU Mustangs vs. ALCORN STATE Braves (2-8) or at SANTA CLARA Broncos (9-2)
SMU (8-3) plays in the 46th annual Cable Car Classic hosted by Santa Clara on Friday and Saturday. The Mustangs face Wagner (4-4) in the first semifinal on Friday at 8 p.m. CT/6 p.m. PT. The other semifinal is Alcorn State (2-8) against Santa Clara (9-2). The championship and third-place games are Saturday evening. The Cable Car Classic is the second tournament of the season for SMU. The Mustangs went 3-1 in the Hoops for Hope Classic, winning the third-place game 62-61 against Missouri State. SMU enters the event 3-2 on the road and 1-1 in neutral-site games. After the Classic, SMU will have played nine of its first 13 games away from home.
UP NEXT: After the Cable Car Classic, SMU has three home games. SMU hosts Furman on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m., then Wyoming on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. before opening Conference USA action by hosting Tulsa on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. in an FSN-televised matchup.
THE SERIES VS. WAGNER (0-0): The teams are meeting for the first time.
LAST MEETING VS. WAGNER: N/A
THE SERIES VS. ALCORN STATE (1-1): This contest marks the third meeting between the Braves and the Mustangs, with each team owning a win in the series. Both games have been played in Dallas, with Alcorn State winning the most recent matchup, 75-74, on Dec. 5, 1998.
LAST MEETING VS. ALCORN STATE (Dec. 5, 1998 - L, 75-74): DALLAS - Alcorn State's Karl Jones hit his only three-pointer of the night at the buzzer as Alcorn State defeated SMU 75-74 on the Mustangs' home floor. Jones scooped up Wallace Harris' errant shot and nailed the game-winner from long range. SMU's Chad Elsey finished with 28 points and Jeryl Sasser added 15. The Mustangs converted just 44 percent of their free throws in the second half but did force 24 turnovers.
THE SERIES VS. SANTA CLARA (1-2): This game marks the fourth meeting between these two programs, with Santa Clara holding a 2-1 all-time series edge. The most recent contest came during the 2010-11 CollegeInsider.com tournament semifinals, with Santa Clara winning 72-55.
LAST MEETING VS. SANTA CLARA (March 25, 2011 - L, 72-55): DALLAS (AP) - Kevin Foster scored 35 points, Troy Payne added 15 and Santa Clara beat SMU 72-55 to reach the championship of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Robert Nyakundi led SMU with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Mustangs spent most of the game without leading scorer (18.3 ppg) and rebounder (9.6 rpg) Papa Dia. Dia suffered an ankle injury when he was fouled on a layup with 8:18 left in the first half. Justin Haynes went to the line and made both free throws. Dia had four points and five rebounds in 11 minutes. SMU (20-15), finished with its first 20-win season since 1999-2000. Foster sealed the victory with a four-point play with 2:14 left. With two seconds left on the shot clock, he drained a 3 from the left wing while getting fouled to give the Broncos a commanding 66-54 lead.
LAST GAME (L, 62-53 at Utah on Dec. 18): SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Justin Seymour scored 11 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, to lift Utah to a 62-53 win over SMU on Tuesday night. Cannen Cunningham, who had 12 points for the Mustangs (8-3), had made a follow shot to tie the game at 51 with 3:04 to play. After Seymour's big shot, Jordan Loveridge muscled a tip-in just before the shot-clock buzzer to put Utah (7-3) ahead 56-51. Nick Russell made a layup to cut the lead to 56-53, but the SMU bench complained throughout the ensuing timeout that a shot-clock violation should have been called on Loveridge's basket. The SMU bench was called for two technical fouls, and Jarred DuBois made four free throws to clinch the victory for the Utes, who have won five straight at home. Reserves Brandon Taylor and Jason Washburn each scored 10 for the Utes, who avenged a 62-55 loss Nov. 28 at SMU.
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 1661-1195 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 185-64 (8-3 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 46-35 (.568) in road games. He is 3-2 at SMU.
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.
8-3: SMU's 8-3 start is the best through 11 games since opening 9-2 in 2006-07. The Mustangs 5-0 start was the best since a 10-0 start 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 11 games (4-1).
BLOCK THAT SHOT: SMU is averaging 4.4 blocked shots (4th C-USA). SMU had a season-high 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 six games away from home (5 road 3-2, 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: SMU is leading C-USA in free throw percentage (.737).
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 3-2 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.
Brian Bernardi (Fr.): Averaging 3.0 points in 9.7 minutes... 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, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks (1st SMU, 4th C-USA)... Shooting 52.9% on FGs (T-10th C-USA)... Tied a career high with 9 rebounds 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.
Jordan Dickerson (Fr.): Has totaled 13 rebounds, 5 points and 4 blocked shots in 9 games.
Kevin Dunleavy (So.): Played in 2 games (Rider 11/21 and Malone 11/19).
London Giles (Sr.): Averages 3.8 points in 16.7 minutes per game...Season high 12 points against UALR (11/24), making 4-4 3FGs; played in a season high 24 minutes...RECORDS: 8th SMU history in 3FG% (38.7%, 60-155); shooting 43.5% (10-23) this season.
Crandall Head (Transfer): Transferred after sophomore season at Illinois...Played 26 games in 2 seasons.
Jalen Jones (So.): Averages 15.0 points (1st SMU, T-9th C-USA), 8.1 rebounds (1st SMU, 8th C-USA) 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 12.6 points (18th C-USA) in 34.1 minutes (8th C-USA)...Is 77.8% on FTs (13th C-USA)... 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 8 rebounds (4 offensive), 2 points and 3 blocks in 8 games.
Nick Russell (Jr.): Averages 14.2 points (2nd SMU, 13th C-USA), 4.5 assists (5th C-USA) in 36.8 minutes (1st SMU, 2nd C-USA)...Has a 1.1 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 8.2 points and 5.7 rebounds (T-19th 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 a career high 4 minutes against Malone (11/19)... Made his first career appearance in college at the end of the first half against LMU (11/11).
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.