Mustangs Travel To Fort Worth Tonight

Tonight's game between the SMU Mustangs and the TCU Horned Frogs features two teams on the opposite end of the spectrum. The Mustangs are coming off a very disappointing loss to the hands of Arkansas-Little Rock, while the Horned Frogs are coming off of an impressive performance against Jackson State.

Tonight's game between the SMU Mustangs and the TCU Horned Frogs features two teams on the opposite end of the spectrum. The Mustangs are coming off a very disappointing loss to the hands of Arkansas-Little Rock, while the Horned Frogs are coming off of an impressive performance against Jackson State.

SMU struggled to find any rhythm, finishing with just 47 points, while TCU had no trouble putting the ball in the net as they dropped 88 points in the season opener.

TCU's surge of points can be credited to their top two players, junior Ronnie Moss and freshman Amric Fields.

Moss, who has averaged double-digit scoring figures since his freshman year, scored 20 points in the season opener, along with two assists and one steal. He shot very well from behind the arc, finishing 4-for-6 from downtown.

In his first collegiate game, Fields, a 6'9" forward from Oklahoma, finished second in points behind Moss with 18, and finished 7-for-10 from the field.

However, Moss and Field didn't put up their exceptional numbers without some help from their teammates.

SMU will need to focus on point guard Hank Thorns. The junior finished just one point shy of a double-double against Jackson State. His ability to be effective with the ball in his hands will force SMU to eliminate the easy pass, and since TCU played a sub-par team to open the season, it's difficult to predict if Hanks will be able to have that much success against SMU's defense as he did against Jackson State.

TCU's one weakness lies down low. With no true threat in the paint, TCU relies on their mid-range and long-range shooting to win them games. Fields is their tallest player on the floor; however, they do have a 6'10" center on their bench, Cheick Kone. But Kone only played in three minutes during the first game, so don't expect to him out on the floor too much.


Papa Dia will look to have his career game against TCU tonight (Picture By: Matthew Visinsky)
If SMU is to win this game, they will need Papa Dia to step up. Dia is coming off a dreadful game against Arkansas-Little Rock, scoring six points on 2-for-7 shooting. But despite the lack of offensive production, Dia still managed to collect 12 rebounds, and will look to do the same against an undersized TCU team.

The Mustangs should not need any further motivation for this game after their 57-47 loss last week, and the team should come out fired up with redemption on their mind.


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