Mustangs Open Conference Play At Cincinnati On New Year's Day - 6pm ET/5pm CT On ESPNU
Dec. 30, 2013
SMU (10-2, 0-0 American) opens 2014 with its first American Athletic Conference matchup, playing at Cincinnati (11-2, 0-0) in an ESPNU-televised contest on New Year's Day at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT. SMU is 4-2 away from home, including a 2-1 mark in road games. The Mustangs enter conference play on a five-game winning streak following a 62-54 win at Wyoming on Dec. 20.
On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 35.7 percent from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA) and 16.1 points per game (2nd AAC, 17th NCAA). SMU has held 16 of its last 21 (10 of 12 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU is also leading the league in rebound margin (+9.6, 13th NCAA), outrebounding 11 of 12 opponents. The only opponent to outrebound SMU was [RV/-] Texas A&M (37-33) on Nov. 30 (W, 55-52) and the best margin was +26 (46-20) versus Sam Houston State on Nov. 26 (W, 72-53).
On offense, the Mustangs enter conference play shooting 50.9 percent (1st American, 7th NCAA) and 41.2 percent from 3-point range (2nd American, 21st NCAA) while averaging 16.2 assists (2nd AAC, 29th NCAA). The team is averaging 74.8 points per game with eight Mustangs are averaging between 5.2 points and 13.8 points. Nic Moore (13.8), Markus Kennedy (10.3) and Yanick Moreira (10.0) are scoring in double figures. Individually, Nic Moore is 2nd in the American and 5th nationally in 3-point percentage (.552, 32-58).
On Dec. 23, Markus Kennedy was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll after averaging 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in wins against UTPA and at Wyoming. Nic Moore has been named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll three times this season (Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9) while junior center Yanick Moreira has been listed once (Nov. 25). Freshman Ben Moore was The American Rookie of the Week on Nov. 18. Nic Moore was also named to the Corpus Christi Challenge All-Tournament Team.
BASKETBALL RETURNS TO MOODY COLISEUM ON JAN. 4 (SOLD OUT - 7,000): On Jan. 4, SMU will host No. 17/15 Connecticut as basketball returns to a sold-out Moody Coliseum. (This is SMU's first sellout since Nov. 20, 2001 vs. Texas Tech.) The ESPNU-televised American Athletic Conference matchup tips at 1 p.m. with the women's team hosting USF at 3:30 p.m. The renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum was completed in December, so the Mustangs could host all conference games on campus. The renovated Moody Coliseum provides many new and improved features, including a renovated main entry lobby, expanded concourses with raised ceilings, club seats, loge boxes, private suites, videoboards, scoreboards, group suites, new event space, offices, team locker rooms and meeting space.
RECEIVING VOTES: SMU received a vote in the AP Poll on Dec. 23. It was the first time SMU had received a vote since Dec. 23, 2003.
LAST GAME (W, 62-54 at Wyoming on Dec. 20): LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Markus Kennedy scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds as SMU continued its defensive dominance with a 62-54 win over Wyoming on Friday night. Wyoming (7-4) was led by Larry Nance Jr.'s 16 points and 13 rebounds. Jerron Granberry added 12 points and Josh Adams 10 for the Cowboys. The game featured five ties and 10 lead changes before the Mustangs (10-2) took the lead for good at 54-52 on a 3-pointer by Nick Russell with 3:55 remaining. After Adams missed a 14-footer and Nance failed to hit a free throw, Keith Frazier clinched it with a 3 with 1:42 left. SMU, which entered the game holding opponents to 35.7 percent from the field, stayed true to form, limiting Wyoming to 34.8 percent (16 of 46). The Mustangs won their fifth straight and outrebounded the Cowboys 39-29, marking the 11th time in 12 games that SMU has won the boards.
UP NEXT: The Mustangs open the renovated Moody Coliseum in front of a sellout crowd against No. 17/15 Connecticut on Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. The matchup is nationally-televised on ESPNU. SMU then visits No. 14/10 Louisville on Jan. 12.
THE SERIES VS. CINCINNATI (1-2): A series that has been dormant since the 1974-75 season resumes when the Mustangs open American Athletic Conference and the New Year at Cincinnati. The Mustangs have lost both games in the Queen City, but won the neutral site encounter in 1966, an NCAA Midwest Regional contest in Lubbock, Texas.
LAST MEETING VS. CINCINNATI (L, 106-74 at Cincinnati on Jan. 15, 1975): CINCINNATI, Ohio (SMU) - Five different Cincinnati players scored in double figures, including two over 20, as the Bearcats defeated the visiting SMU Mustangs by a count of 106-74. The Bearcats led by just seven at the intermission at 44-37, but outscored the Mustangs 62-37 in the second stanza to pull off the 32 point victory. SMU also had five players in double figures. Cincinnati shot at a 50-percent clip, shooting 47-94 from the field.
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 1678-1211 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 202-80 (25-19 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 108-18 (.857) at home. He is 13-7 (.650) 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 49-41 (.544) in road games. He is 8-8 (.500) 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 3,366 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 74.8 points per game with Nic Moore (13.8), Markus Kennedy (10.3) and Yanick Moreira (10.0) averaging double figures.
BENCH SCORING: SMU is averaging 32.5 points per game off the bench. SMU had 40 points off the bench on Dec. 18 against Texas-Pan American, the Mustangs' fourth game this season with 40+ bench points (42 vs. Rhode Island, 45 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 49 vs. McNeese State).
FG% 50+: In 6 of 12 games this year, SMU has shot 50% or better, including 3 of the last 4 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 7th in the nation and first in The American in field goal percentage at 50.9%.
CRASHING THE GLASS: The Mustangs have outrebounded their opponents in 11 of 12 games, averaging 39.4 rebounds per game compared to their opponents 29.8 per game. In its last two games, SMU has outrebounded it's opponents by a combined 53-23 in the second half. SMU is No. 13 in the nation and first in The American in rebounding margin at +9.6.
FG% DEFENSE: On defense, SMU is holding opponents to 35.7% from the field (1st American, 2nd NCAA). SMU has held 16 of its last 21 (10 of 12 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 12 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 36.0-18.3.
RECEIVING VOTES: SMU received a vote in the AP Poll on Dec. 23. It was the first time SMU had received a vote since Dec. 23, 2003.
ROAD MUSTANGS: The Mustangs are 12-12 under Larry Brown in road/neutral games (8-8 road/4-4 neutral). This season, SMU is 4-2 away from home with a 2-1 road mark. 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 12 games, averaging 3.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game. Scored a season-high 7 points, while tying a season-high with 2 assists against UTPA. 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 12 games, averaging 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game. Tied a season-high in rebounds with 6 in SMU's win over UTPA. Shooting 20-28 (71.4%) on the season. SMU Career Rankings: 85 blocks, good for eighth at SMU.
Kevin Dunleavy (6-3, 180, G, Jr.): Played in 5 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 five games a year ago. Recorded his first career steal at Hofstra.
Keith Frazier (6-5, 190, G, Fr.): Played in 11 games, averaging 6.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 17.3 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 11 games, averaging 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.6 minutes. Scored a career-high six points to go along with a season-high two assists against McNeese State. Had two points and two rebounds in his SMU debut against TCU.
Markus Kennedy (6-9, 245, F, RS-So.): Played in all 12 games, averaging 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 1.1 steals and 1.5 assists in 20.8 minutes. Led SMU in points for the third time this season, in its win at Wyoming, scoring 15 points, and adding a team-high 7 rebounds. Set a new career-high with 17 points, and tied a season-high 7 rebounds in his fifth-game in double figures against UTPA. 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.): Played in all 12 games, starting 11, averaging 6.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Hauled in a season-high 6 rebounds at Wyoming, all is the first half. Scored a season-high 14 points against UTPA. Had a season-high four assists to go along with eight points against McNeese State. 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 12 games, averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 12.0 minutes. Shooting 30-42 (71.4%) from the field. Recorded a season-high and game-high five 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 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 12 games, averaging 13.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals. Has scored in double figures in 11 of 12 games, and has made multiple 3PT field goals in 10 of 12 games. 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 seven 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 in three-pointers made with 2.9 per game. Has scored in double figures in eight of nine games. Awards: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll three (11/18, 12/2 and 12/9). Conference Rankings: Moore is 5th in assists (4.5), 2nd in 3PT-FG% (.552), 1st in 3PT Made (2.7), 4th in assist/turnover ratio (2.1) and 9th in minutes played (31.8)
Yanick Moreira (6-11, 220, C, Jr.): Started all 12 games, averaging 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 19.5 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-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. Conference Rankings: Moreira is 7th in FG% (.582) and 8th in defensive rebounds (2.2)
Jean-Micheal Mudiay (6-3, 200, G, Jr.): Played 5 games, averaging 0.4 rebounds and 1.8 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 12 games, starting 11, averaging 8.3 points, 3.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds 1.0 steals in 30.2 minutes per game. Drained his seventh three of the season to kick-start SMU's game-ending 11-2 run in its win at Wyoming. Tied a career-high with 9 assists, and tied a season-high with 8 rebounds against UTPA. 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. Conference Rankings: 7th in assist/turnover ratio (1.9).
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 all 12 games, starting 11, averaging 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. Had a season-high 5 rebounds against UTPA. 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 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.