How it happened: For the second consecutive game, SMU had another sloppy first half. The Mustangs were dominated by USF in the paint and turned the ball over nine times, which led to quick buckets for the Bulls. And the second half wasn't much different, SMU continued to turn the ball over, played lethargically on offense and just looked terrible. Markus Kennedy has been a monster over the last couple of weeks, but he had his worst performance of the year on both ends of the floor. Overall, USF really outplayed SMU in almost every area. Nic Moore was a bright spot with 23 points but couldn't rally the troops this time around.
What it means: SMU needs to clean up its act if it wants to beat Memphis on Saturday and survive an extremely tough schedule over the next month. This was a game SMU could not lose. But they did, and it's now an ugly blotch on their resume. Don't expect the Mustangs to receive a top-25 vote, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them drop to the first four out category.
Side Note: After suffering an ankle injury against Houston and having to put up with a controversial report from WFAA's Brett Shipp, Keith Frazier did suit up against USF and played some quality minutes. Frazier did not look bothered by the ankle and finished the game with eight points. Markus Kennedy and Nick Russell were shaken up in the first half but returned to the floor a few minutes later.
Next: SMU will host Memphis in a sold-out game at Moody on Saturday afternoon. This will be the first time these two conference foes clash this season. Memphis is currently 15-4 and faces UCF tomorrow before heading to Dallas. The Tigers are winners of their last three and are ranked No. 22.
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