1. Markus Kennedy- The sophomore big man was dominant today with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in the game. SMU came out on a fire with a 21-4 run led mostly by Kennedy. He had 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in the first half alone. Kennedy was also 8-for-11 from the field and only turned the ball over one time today. He did a great job controlling the paint on both ends of the floor against South Florida's big men. With Yanick Moreira out with a knee injury, Kennedy stepped up to lead the Mustangs to an impressive conference victory at home.
2. Defense- SMU has built a reputation as a dominant defensive team and they continued to play that way today. They held South Florida to just 32 percent shooting from the field and 29 percent from behind the three-point line. The Bulls were already one of the worst shooting teams in the country and Larry Brown took advantage of that. USF also turned the ball over 13 times and were outrebounded 37 to 31 by the Mustangs. Star forward Victor Rudd was held to just five total points on two for 13 shooting in the game after averaging 16.2 points per game coming into the night.
3. Offensive Efficiency- The Mustangs did a great job of running a very structured half court offense where they attacked the basket consistently throughout the game. As a team, SMU shot 51 percent from the field and only turned the ball over 11 times. Even Shawn Williams had 16 points and seven rebounds in by far his best game of the year. In total, the Mustangs had three guys in double figures and outscored USF in the paint 42 to 24. They also had 10 more points off turnovers and six more on fast breaks. That kind of balanced attack is the smart, efficient way Larry Brown wants his team to play.
1. Keith Frazier- The All-American freshman had one of his worst games of the season tonight. Frazier scored just five points on 1-for-6 shooting from the field. He took almost exclusively three-pointers, he was 0-for-4 from behind the arc, and his shot looked very off. Frazier also wasn't a factor on the glass, with just two total rebounds and didn't dish out any assists. He had one big time alley-oop that he finished from Nic Moore but overall, Frazier needs to start taking smarter shots. This lack of production is a big reason why Brown has been hesitant to give Frazier a more defined role and consistent minutes this season.
2. Three-point shooting- The Mustangs haven't shot well from the behind the arc all season, with the exception being Nic Moore. As a team, they are shooting just 40 percent on the season. Tonight against South Florida, SMU was just 1-for-9 from beyond the arc and didn't make a three in the second half. Frazier was 0-for-4, and Nick Russell was just 1-for-3. Even Nic Moore missed his only attempt. SMU can't afford to shoot 11 percent from three in games against better opponents. Their lack of shooters is one of their biggest holes by far this year, so it will be interesting to see how Brown attempts to compensate.
3. Free-throw shooting- SMU has dealt with the frustrating problem of missing free throws all year. They entered the game shooting just 66 percent from the line and the team was only 16-for-27 tonight for 59 percent shooting. Markus Kennedy and Shawn Williams both missed three each, but just about everybody missed at least one attempt. As a team, SMU made only one more free throw than South Florida and had seven more attempts. Although they cruised to a victory tonight, the Mustangs have left too many points at the free throw line this season, and it's becoming more and more of a problem.
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