SMU (5-0) Faces UALR (3-2) In Hoops For Hope Classic On Saturday At 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 22, 2012
HOOPS FOR HOPE CLASSIC
SMU faces Arkansas-Little Rock in the Hoops for Hope Classic on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This is the third game of the four-game event. The Mustangs play Missouri State or South Carolina on Sunday (6 or 8:30 p.m.). The Mustangs are 5-0 this season after beating Rider 83-70 on Wednesday. The 5-0 start is SMU's best since beginning 10-0 in the 1997-98.
The Mustangs have played in two other 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.
LAST GAME (W 83-70 vs. Rider on Nov. 21): DALLAS (AP) -- Ryan Manuel had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Cannen Cunningham added 20 points to lead SMU to an 83-70 victory against Rider on Wednesday night. Jalen Jones scored 15 points and Nick Russell 12 for the Mustangs (5-0), who under first-year coach Larry Brown are off to their best start since 1997-98, when they won their first 10 games. Anthony Myles had 19 points and Nurideen Lindsey 14 for the Broncs (2-3). The Mustangs finished 8 for 11 (72.7 percent) from 3-point range, a Moody Coliseum record.
UP NEXT: SMU faces South Carolina or Missouri State (Nov. 25, 6 or 8:30pm). The Mustangs return to Dallas to host Utah on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
THE SERIES VS. UALR (1-1): This is the third meeting between the two schools with both teams owning a win in the series. This year's contest marks the third consecutive year that the two teams will meet. Arkansas-Little Rock took the first meeting on Nov. 12, 2010 (57-47, in Dallas).
LAST MEETING VS. ARK.-LITTLE ROCK: (Dec. 4, 2011 - W-OT, 69-63): LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - London Giles scored a career-high 19 points, including one of SMU's three 3-pointers in overtime, as the Mustangs beat Arkansas-Little Rock 69-63. Giles' 3-pointer with 2:48 left in OT put SMU ahead for good, 59-58, and Robert Nyakundi added two more 3-pointers for the Mustangs, who didn't miss a shot from the field in the overtime period. Nyakundi finished with 15 points, including nine in overtime. Jeremiah Samarrippas added 12 points and six assists for SMU (5-3). D'Andre Williams scored 21 and Will Neighbour 15 for Little Rock (2-6), which lost its fifth straight game. The Trojans scored the final five points of regulation - on a 3-pointer by Neighbour and a jumper by Williams with 1:07 left - to force the extra period. Little Rock used a 17-0 run in the early going to take a 19-5 lead, and was up 30-24 at halftime. But Williams hit two 3-pointers early in the second half to spark an 11-0 run that put SMU back on top 35-32. The 14-point comeback ties for the eighth-largest in SMU history, but is only second this year.
THE SERIES VS. SOUTH CAROLINA (0-0): The teams are meeting for the first time.
LAST MEETING VS. SOUTH CAROLINA: N/A
THE SERIES VS. MISSOURI STATE (2-1): This is the third meeting between the two schools, with SMU holding the 2-1 edge all-time against the Bears. Missouri State took the last meeting, however, in the first round of the 2000 NIT. The Bears (then known as Southwest Missouri State) prevailed 77-63 on its home court. The Mustangs defeated the Bears during the 1999-2000 regular season, winning 70-60 on Dec. 4, 1999. The only other matchup occurred on Nov. 29, 1987, a 69-58 win for SMU. All three meetings have been played in Springfield, Mo.
LAST MEETING VS. MISSOURI STATE: (March 16, 2000 - L, 77-64 - Postseason NIT): Springfield, Mo. (AP) - SMU saw its post-season run end with a 77-64 loss to Southwest Missouri State in Springfield, Mo., in the opening round of the 2000 NIT. SMU (21-9) controlled the boards early and held a 23-21 lead with 10:11 remaining in the half. Southwest Missouri State (23-10) tied the game at 23-23 with 8:45 remaining and took the lead for good on Eric Judd's three pointer - leading 43-31 at the half. SMU opened the second half with an 11-5 run to cut the lead to six, but the Bears responded with a 13-0 run over the next 2:14 behind four three pointers to push the lead back to 19 before Damon Hancock stopped the bleeding at 61-44 with a running jumper. The Mustangs would close to within 11 points twice more. DeWayne Floyd recorded his third double-double of the season with a team-high 15 points to go with 11 rebounds, and freshman guard Quinton Ross added 13 points in the loss. SMU's big three of Jeryl Sasser, Willie Davis and Stephen Woods combined for just 21 points on 7-of-29 shooting. Davis led the Mustangs with 13 rebounds.
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 1658-1192 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 182-61 (5-0 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. - Jim Boeheim, Syracuse - HOF 2005 - Larry Brown, SMU - HOF 2002 - Mike Kryzewski, Duke - HOF 2001 - Roy Williams, North Carolina - HOF 2007
Larry Brown AT HOME (NCAA): His teams are 98-11 (.899) at home. He is 3-0 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 45-33 (.577) in NCAA road games. He is 2-0 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 39-17 (.696) in neutral site games.
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 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, 2012
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.
BLOCK THAT SHOT: SMU is averging 5.5 blocked shots (3rd C-USA) 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. Cannen Cunningham (4 - career high), Jalen Jones (3 - ties career high), Shawn Williams (2), Ryan Manuel (1) and Uche Ofoegbu (1) all recorded blocks.
MUSTANGS' INTERNATIONAL: The Mustangs have played in two other 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.
SMU in international events during the season: (3-2) Dec. 20-22, 2000 - San Juan Shootout - San Juan, P.R., went 2-1 - D20 vs. Puerto Rico-Mayaguez - W, 101-72 - D21 vs. VCU - W, 94-88 - D22 vs. Nebraska - L, 70-72 Dec. 19-21, 1986 - Suntory Ball Classic - Tokyo, Japan, went 1-1 - D19 vs. Boston College - W, 62-49 - D21 vs. #16 Georgia Tech - L, 54-63
OPENING 5-0: The Mustangs are 5-0 for the first time since starting 10-0 in 1997-98 season.
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
2012-13 Opponent Season Career Jalen Jones Loyola Marymount 11/11 1st 1st Ryan Manuel Rider 11/21 1st 1st
Brian Bernardi (Fr.): Played a career high 17 minutes against Malone (11/19); scored 6 points... Scored 6 points in 7 minutes at Texas State (11/17); 2-3 3PTs... Hit his first career three-pointer against TCU (11/15).
Cannen Cunningham (So.): Posted a career high 20 points against Rider (11/21); made 8-10 FGs and added 2 blocks... Scored 12 points on 4-4 FGs against Malone (11/19); 5 rebounds... Had a career-high 4 blocks against Texas State (11/17).
Jordan Dickerson (Fr.): Career highs in points (4) rebounds (4) and minutes (9) against Malone (11/19)... Played his first college minutes against LMU (11/11), grabbing three rebounds.
Kevin Dunleavy (So.): Played in 2 games
London Giles (Sr.): Appeared in 16 minutes against Rider (11/21)... Tallied seven points in 19 minutes against LMU (11/11).
Crandall Head (Transfer): Transferred after sophomore season at Illinois...Played 26 games in 2 seasons.
Jalen Jones (So.): Scored 15 points against Rider (11/21); made 11-12 FTs; 6 straight games with double-digit scoring dating back to last season...Had 20+ points 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 20 points on 8-14 FGs with a career-high 3 steals against Malone (11/19)...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... Posted first career double-double against LMU (11 pts, career-high 11 rebs).
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.): Posted first career double-double (career high 24 pts, career high 11 rebs) against Rider (11/21); made 11-12 FTs; Has scored 10+ points in all 5 games this season... Scored 13 points and added 4 assists and 5 rebounds against Malone (11/19); 4-6 FGs, 5-5 FTs... Posted 14 points against Texas State (11/17), including going 6-6 on FTs; had 7 rebounds... Scored 16 points against TCU (11/15); made 8-of-11 FTs; had a career-high 5 assists... 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 four 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.): Had 2 points, a rebound and a block in 14 minutes at Texas State (11/17)... Snagged 4 rebounds in 10 minutes against TCU (11/15)... Appeared in his first college minutes against LMU (11/11).
Nick Russell (Jr.): Scored 12 points against Rider (11/21), has 10+ points in 4 of 5 games this season; made 4-4 3PTs; added 5 assists... Had 9 points with a career-highs of 8 assists and 6 rebounds against Malone (11/19)...Career-high 25 points at Texas State (11/17); also grabbed 6 rebounds and 2 steals... Scored 19 points with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in SMU debut against LMU (11/11).
Shawn Williams (Jr.): Tallied a career high 13 points against Malone (11/19); also snagged 3 steals... Appeared in all 40 minutes against TCU (11/15), was 5-of-6 from the FT line, marking a career-high in FTs made and attempted... Scored 12 points and added seven rebounds against LMU; connected on 3-of-4 shots from three-point land, tying a personal best.
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: The Mustangs have met seven opponents more than 100 times.
Rice 195 118-77 F9 at Rice, F27 at SMU TCU 188 103-85 N15 at TCU (W, 64-61) Texas A&M 177 90-87 Baylor 175 100-75 Texas 174 71-103 Arkansas 153 59-94 Texas Tech 104 47-57
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
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.
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