1. Big Men- This was another game that SMU dominated inside. Yanick Moreira adds so much skill on the inside and when paired with Cannen Cunningham, Markus Kennedy or Shawn Williams. He will be a force to be reckoned with season. Over the past three games, Kennedy has continued to show glimpses of his ability to make NBA level moves around the basket. His quickness is incredibly deceptive, he has shown great range and he can finish. With a big test vs. Virginia next up, the big men will have to continue their dominance down low.
2. Ball Movement/Shot Selection – Coach Larry Brown said that anytime his team can consistently score without shooting 3-pointers, it gets him excited. SMU did a terrific job of passing up the three ball against Sam Houston State and instead looking inside for more high percentage shots. On numerous occasion, Keith Frazier – known as a scorer, made some brilliant passes to his teammates instead of taking what would have been a wide open shot. Nick Russell and Nic Moore did a great job of facilitating the basketball in transition and moved the ball just as well in the half-court game. The teams incredible patience is a sign of their maturity, chemistry and unselfishness.
3. Role Players – It's no big secret that not everyone will be able to get starting minutes on this time – the squad is simply too deep for that. But it doesn't seem as if any player coming off the bench is upset about how they are being utilized, instead they are making the most of their opportunities. Although Shawn Williams has started, it isn't set in stone what the split will be between him, Markus Kennedy and Cannen Cunningham. However, all three have come in and played hard minutes and have continued to make key contributions. The same is true for Sterling Brown, Ben Moore and Keith Frazier. It seems as though everyone is buying into the system that Larry Brown is trying to put into place and that all egos have been checked at the door. That is a big up for a team possessing youth as well as depth.
1. 3-point shooting- Larry Brown said he wasn't too worried about the team making a lot of 3-pointers. But the Mustangs were atrocious from beyond the arc today. In fact, they stunk it up. SMU shot just 12.5 percent and were 0-of-6 from 3-point land at halftime. The first 3-pointer didn't come until two minutes into the second half when Ryan Manuel finally gave the Mustangs their first trey. SMU finished the game going 1-of-8.
2. Keith Frazier's Shooting- The good thing is he is playing with a lot of energy and is playing unselfish basketball. He was mentioned above for some great passes, but Frazier was just 1-of-4 from the field and missed both of his 3-point shots. Brown said Frazier would see more minutes in the future and with his talent, he should. But he still needs to slow down and mix his game with what Brown has taught him. Four points is just not going to cut it.
3. Shawn Williams- When Brown decides on his final rotation, he might end up starting someone other than Williams, who had another quiet night. There is no doubt Williams has stepped up as a leader and has a lot of heart, but he has not proven to be the weapon everybody expected him to be when he transferred from Texas. Williams started tonight but was just 2-of-6 from the floor with four points.
3 UP, 3 Down
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