SMU (1-0) Visits TCU (2-0) On Thursday At 7pm - TV: FSSW - Radio: 770 AM
Nov. 14, 2012
SMU Mustangs (1-0) at TCU Horned Frogs (2-0)
SMU (1-0) visits crosstown rival TCU (2-0) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. It is the 188th meeting on the court dating back to the 1918-19 season. The Mustangs lead the series 102-85 after winning last season's matchup 68-62 in Dallas.
The Mustangs won their opener 73-58 at home on Sunday. Nick Russell scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures. The Ponies got 14 points from Ryan Manuel, 12 from Shawn Williams and 10 from Cannen Cunnigham. Jalen Jones had his first double-double, adding 11 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.
This is the second game of a stretch that has nine contests in 21 days. The Mustangs visit Texas State on Saturday before hosting two games in the Hoops for Hope Classic; Malone on Monday and Rider next Wednesday.
SMU IN ROAD OPENERS: 34-62 all-time in their first game away from home. Coach Larry Brown is 43-33 (.566) in NCAA road games.
UP NEXT: SMU heads to San Marcos, Texas, on Saturday (7 p.m.) for a meeting with Texas State. SMU will then participate in the four-game Hoops For Hope Classic starting Monday. The Mustangs host Malone (Nov. 19, 8 p.m.) and Rider (Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.) before heading out to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a contest against Arkansas-Little Rock (Nov. 24, 8:30 p.m.) and then the final game against either South Carolina or Missouri State (Nov. 25, 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.).
THE SERIES VS. TCU (102-85): This is the 188th meeting between the two schools with SMU holding a 102-85 advantage. The Mustangs are 40-51 all-time when playing the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth. The series dates back to the 1918-19 season with SMU winning the first matchup 30-19 in Dallas and then falling 35-32 in Fort Worth. The rivals were members of the Southwest Conference from 1918-1996 with SMU going 84-64 in league games. The duo then moved to the Western Athletic Conference with TCU going 9-1 against SMU in league play from 1996-2001.
FAMILIAR FOE: The Mustangs have met seven opponents more than 100 times. Rice 195 118-77 F9 at Rice, F27 at SMU TCU 187 102-85 N15 at TCU Texas A&M 177 90-87 Baylor 175 100-75 Texas 174 71-103 Arkansas 153 59-94 Texas Tech 104 47-57
LAST MEETING VS. TCU: (Feb. 8, 2012 - W, 68-62): DALLAS (AP) -- Robert Nyakundi scored 17 points, London Giles added 14 and SMU rode a late run to a 68-62 victory over crosstown rival TCU. Nyakundi was 6 of 13 from the field, including three 3-pointers. Jeremiah Samarrippas and Aliaksei Patsevich added 10 points apiece for the Mustangs (11-13), who shot 52 percent from the field. J.R. Cadot led the Horned Frogs (13-10) with 14 points, and Amric Fields and Garlon Green scored 10 each. TCU led 59-58 after two Fields free throws with 2:06 to play, but a Giles 3-pointer gave SMU the lead for good. Patsevich added a layup, and he, Nyakundi and Samarrippas each hit two free throws in the final minute to seal the victory. This is the 10th straight year the Metroplex rivals have met as nonconference opponents; the teams played together in the Southwest and Western Athletic conferences from 1923 to 2001.
LAST GAME (W, 73-58 vs. Loyola Marymount - Nov. 11): DALLAS (AP) - Nick Russell scored 19 points and Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown won his SMU coaching debut as the Mustangs defeated Loyola Marymount 73-58 Sunday. Ryan Manuel added 14 points for SMU, Shawn Williams had 12 and Jalen Jones finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Loyola Marymount (1-1) was led by Anthony Ireland with 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Ashley Hamilton added 16 points and Ayodeji Egbeyemi had 14. Brown, 72, the only coach to win both an NBA championship and NCAA title, hadn't coached since leaving the Charlotte Bobcats in December 2010. This is his 14th job in a four-decade coaching career, but his first at the college level since leading Kansas to a national title in 1988. He also won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. Russell's 19 points in the opening win vs. LMU was the most for an SMU debut since Alex Malone had 19 against Southern on 11/10/07.
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 1624-1187 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 177-61, making the NCAA tournament in each of his previous seven season including three Final Fours (1980, 1986, 1988) and the 1988 NCAA title.
Larry Brown AT HOME (NCAA): His teams are 96-11 (.897) at home. He is 1-0 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).
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, a standard of excellence in college athletics today. SMU, Houston and the UCF accepted full membership into the BIG EAST while Boise State and San Diego State will compete as members in the sport of football. The BIG EAST Conference Board of Directors, by a unanimous vote of its Presidents, extended the invitations for membership. SMU, Houston and UCF will begin competing in all BIG EAST-sponsored sports in the 2013-14 academic year, while Boise State and San Diego State will start competing in football in the 2013 season. Memphis also accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST in all sports on Feb. 7.
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.
OPENING WIN: The Mustangs won their opener and now are looking to go 2-0 for the first time since starting 2-0 in 2006-07. SMU's last start of better than 2-0 was a 4-0 beginning in 2000-01.
TRANSFERS: SMU has 3 transfers sitting out this season Player From Years Remaining Crandall Head Illinois 2 Markus Kennedy Villanova 3 Nic Moore Illinois State 3
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.
Team Yrs. Players Avg. Navy 14 18 0.78 UC Santa Barbara 14 18 0.78 Missouri State 9 11 0.82 Rice 8 9 0.89 Tulsa 12 13 0.92 Loyola, Ill. 16 16 1.00 Wright State 14 14 1.00 SMU 11 11 1.00 * 3 transfers sitting out this season North Carolina 12 12 1.00 UCF 13 12 1.08 Georgia State 19 16 1.19 UTEP 17 14 1.21
Brian Bernardi (Fr.): Appeared in first career game on Sunday against Loyola Marymount, playing six minutes... As a senior at Xavieran HS (N.Y.), averaged 19 points and was selected All-CHSAA (first team), All-New York City (second team) and All-State (second team).
Cannen Cunningham (So.): Notched his fourth career 10-plus point game against LMU (10 points on 4-of-4 shooting)... Last season, played in 31 games with 3 starts...Averaged 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds with a team-high 18 blocked shots.
Jordan Dickerson (Fr.): Played his first college minutes against LMU (seven minutes), grabbing three rebounds... At IMG Academy, he averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks as the team went 28-2.
Kevin Dunleavy (So.): Played in 3 games last season.
London Giles (Sr.): Scored 14 points last season's 68-62 win against TCU (Feb. 8), connecting on two three-pointers, including one that gave SMU the lead for good with 2:06 remaining... Tallied seven points in 19 minutes against LMU... Last season, he played in 31 games with 27 starts while averaging 10.0 points (2nd on team), 2.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals (T-12th C-USA) and 1.1 assists while shooting 37.9% 3FGs (50-132) and 81.4% FTs (57-70).
Crandall Head (Transfer): Transferred after sophomore season at Illinois...Played in 26 games over 2 seasons at Illinois.
Jalen Jones (So.): Posted first career double-double against LMU (11 points, 11 rebounds) in 30 minutes of action... The 11 boards were a career single-game high for Jones, and the second time he has rebounded in double-digits... Five of his rebounds were on the offensive end... Last season, played in 32 games (18 starts)...Averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds with 22 steals, 19 assists and 12 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.): Scored a career high 14 points against LMU... Made 12-of-15 free throws, the most made free throws by a Mustang since Derek Williams converted 14 attempts on Jan. 30, 2010 against Memphis... Last season, played in 32 games...Averaged 3.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist with 17 steals while shooting 52.5% FGs (31- 59).
Blaise Mbargorba (Fr.): As a senior at The Peddie School (N.J.), he averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots...Named All-State first team (N.J.).
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.): Appeared in his first minutes in college against LMU, grabbing one rebound... As a senior at Stevens HS in San Antonio, he averaged 21 points and was named All-District, All-Region and first-team All-State in 5A.
Nick Russell (Jr.): Scored 19 points in his first game as a Mustang against LMU; also snagged five rebounds while posting three assists and two steals... Sat out last season after transferring from Kansas State.
Shawn Williams (Jr.): Played in 32 minutes last season against TCU (Feb. 8), scoring eight points... Tallied 12 points and seven rebounds against LMU, marking the sixth time in his career he's scored in double-digits... Connected on 3-of-4 shots from three-point land, tying a personal best... Last season, he played in 24 games (17 starts)...Averaged 5.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists with 20 steals and 10 blocked shots...was also a team captain.
Garrett Wilson (Fr.): Made his first career appearance in college at the end of the first half against LMU... As a senior at Cinco Ranch HS (Katy, Texas), he was named All-State while averaging 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Larry Brown IN OT (NCAA): 3-4 1/16/81 UCLA at Arizona State L 74-78 (3ot) Pac 10 Conference Game 1/4/86 Kansas at Memphis L 80-83 3/21/86 Kansas vs. Michigan State W 96-86 NCAA Regional SF (Kansas City, Mo.) 12/29/86 Kansas vs. Ohio State L 78-79 Rainbow Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii) 12/30/86 Kansas at Hawaii W 81-80 Rainbow Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii) 2/4/87 Kansas at Kansas State W 80-75 (2ot) Big 8 Conference Game 2/28/87 Kansas at Nebraska L 81-83 Big 8 Conference Game
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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.
1. Chicago Bulls 2. Cleveland Cavaliers 3. Dallas Mavericks 4. Denver Nuggets 5. Detroit Pistons 6. Indiana Pacers 7. Golden State Warriors 8. New Orleans Hornets 9. Philadelphia 76ers 10. San Antonio Spurs 11. Utah Jazz