3 Up, 3 Down

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

Up

1. Markus Kennedy- Kennedy was the player of the game for the Mustangs and continued his impressive play with 15 points and eight rebounds. Since Yanick Moreira went down with his knee injury and Kennedy was inserted into the starting lineup, the big man has played passionately and has not disappointed. Kennedy continued his great play with impressive passes and offensive moves around the hoop. Looks like losing 60 pounds was the right move for the former Villanova big man.

2. Defense- The Mustangs once again played some inspired defense against the Knights. SMU held another opponent to under 35 percent shooting from the field and really turned their intensity up a notch in the second half. While part of it was just the Knights shooting poorly, give the Mustangs credit for the ability to limit UCF to one shot per possession and to not give up good looks. The Mustangs also forced 19 turnovers, which is one of their highest totals of the season.

3. Opportunity Strikes- The Mustangs and the Knights were all tied up after the first half, but once UCF's best player, Isaiah Sykes, went down SMU took advantage of that and started playing much better. SMU consistently pounded the ball down low and took advantage of the size disparity. SMU finally started playing like the better team and showed that down the stretch.

Down

1. Nic Moore- While he did play better towards the end of the game, Nic Moore struggled most of the game and finished just 3-for-10 from the field. The point guard has struggled to find his shot of late and has cooled off from his impressive three-point shooting early on. Moore did finish with 11 points, but if SMU is going to fulfill their tournament hopes, the transfer guard will have to be more consistent.

2. Sloppiness- Both teams struggled mightily in the first half, and the Mustangs were able to improve their play in the second half, but the Mustangs' sloppy play won't fly against teams like Louisville, Memphis and UConn. Turnovers are what kills a team, but SMU was luckily able to come out with the victory today even after 16 of them. Give the Mustangs credit for their improved play in the second half, but putting together a full 40 minutes of fundamentally sound basketball could take SMU from a bubble team to a possible threat in the tournament.

3. Keith Frazier- Keith Frazier has struggled to find his role at time for the Mustangs, and now his offense if suffering from it. In high school Frazier was known as a scorer, but the freshman has looked confused at times for SMU and has struggled from the floor as of late. Frazier has the ability to be a big-time scorer for the Mustangs, but taking smart shots will be important if the McDonald's All-American wants to see increased minutes. If Frazier can play like we all know he can, the Mustangs are in for a treat. But today, he was just 1-of-5 for two points.

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