3 Up, 3 Down

We share three positives from SMU's loss and three negatives!

3 Up

1. Nic Moore- Moore was the best player on the floor for SMU tonight. He led the Mustangs with 17 points and was the only player who provided a threat from downtown. Moore made three 3-pointers including a couple of clutch ones in the second half. When he wasn't on the floor, SMU really struggled to get anything going. He is definitely the catalyst of the team and will only continue to get better under Larry Brown.

2. Markus Kennedy- As the television announcers said, Kennedy was unstoppable midway through the second half. He came off the bench and provided that spark SMU needed. Kennedy isn't the defender Yanick Moreira is, but he played physical defense and made some nice moves in post on the offensive end. He finished with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.

3. Hustle & Heart- This team played extremely hard today against a good ACC team in Virginia. There is nothing to be ashamed of here. Despite two costly errors late in the game, Moreira needs to hold his head high because he played hard all game and was effective on both ends. And how about Keith Frazier. The true freshman has really bought into the team concept and came up with a big steal late in the game. The list goes on and on. This was just a heartbreaker.

3 Down

1. The Ghost- Shawn Williams once again finds himself in the down category. Williams finished with just three rebounds and zero points. Williams got into foul trouble early and didn't play much in the second half. As a starter, he simply needs to have a bigger impact and be more of a contributor. He just hasn't shown much this year, and Larry Brown can't be happy.

2. Foul Trouble- SMU got in to foul trouble way too early. And it wasn't just Williams. Moreira also had to head to the bench early in a pivotal time in the game with his fourth foul. By the end of the game, four Mustangs picked up four fouls a piece. This team has improved depth, but they can't afford to have their top players sitting on the pine for extended minutes. But it should be mentioned that the officiating was questionable for both sides.

3. Nick Russell- Russell finished the game with nine points, but he shot just 25 percent from the floor (3-12) and had a couple of costly turnovers. Russell has a very flat jumper and has struggled shooting the ball all season. He also missed both of his 3-point attempts. Russell needs to add some arc to his shot as mentioned by CTMustang and stop shooting so many jumpers.

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