SMU Ready to Take on McMurray

With a two-week layoff since their last game, SMU should be roaring to go on Saturday against their D-III opponent, McMurray.

With a two-week layoff since their last game, SMU should be roaring to go on Saturday against their D-III opponent, McMurray.

Because they have had nearly two weeks to prepare for their match-up against McMurray (6-2), there should be no reason for any kind of letdown on Saturday night. McMurray, on the other hand, had two games this week, allowing for minimal time to prepare for their toughest opponent all season.

Teddy Chambers, a senior forward, is one of three players averaging double-digits this season for McMurray. His 12.1 points per game lead the team, as well as his 9.0 rebounds per game. Seeing that he provides McMurray with the potential for a double-double opportunity every night, SMU must pay attention to the 6'6" forward in order to limit any chance of victory for their D-III counterpart.

The other double-digit scorers are senior forward Steven Jones (11.4) and junior guard Jaden Isler (10.4). Both of these players shoot below .450% from the field and both players have combined for 53 turnovers. SMU must pressure Jones and Isler to force mistakes, which have been a common occurrence between the two. If they can do so, the Mustangs should have no trouble scoring fast break points.

The biggest advantage for SMU is their down low play. Papa Dia, standing at 6'9", will see no defender that comes close to him height-wise, unless McMurray decides to play their two 6'8" centers. Alfred Perez and Cameron Saville, two freshman, have combined for 67 minutes of play this season. Because of their inexperience, don't expect McMurray to put any of their freshman centers on Dia. If they do, Dia should be able to dominate on the glass and in the low post.

When any D-III team takes on a D-I team, the chances of victory are very slim. However, as every college basketball fan knows, a team with three-point shooters can win any game, no matter how good the opposition.

Luckily for SMU, McMurray isn't consistent from behind-the-arc. There two best three-point shooters are Chris Hergenreter and the aforementioned Jaden Isler. Both have accounted for 12 three pointers each; however, Isler shoots a higher percentage (.387) than Hergenreter (.364).

SMU is a better three-point shooting team compared to McMurray. Rodney Clinkscales leads the team at .486%, while Robert Nyakundi leads the team with 25 three pointers (.403%).

From a statistical standpoint, there is no way McMurray should be able to match up with SMU. The Mustangs have had nearly two weeks to prepare for the game, and they should have no trouble taking care of business on the road.

Following their game at McMurray, they will then turn their attention to Alabama State (1-8), who they play on December 22.


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