3 Up, 3 Down

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


1. Cannen Cunningham: On a night where Markus Kennedy got into foul trouble and Yanick Moreira was not available because of his knee, Cunningham showed he can step up and be a presence on the block in the post. Nic Moore and Nick Russell did a great job of finding Cunningham for alley-oops and back door bounce passes. While Cunningham did not play much in the second half because Kennedy was able to stay out of foul trouble, the big man did finish with 10 points and eight rebounds.

2. Passing: Larry Brown's team knows how to share the ball and play unselfish basketball. SMU's interior passing allows the big guys down low to get easy buckets in the paint and when SMU scores in the paint, they win ball games. Markus Kennedy, Cannen Cunningham and Ben Moore all got easy shots throughout the game because of passes from their guards Nic Moore is really starting to thrive in Larry Brown's system, and it's noticeable with all of SMU's alley-oops.

3. Moore's Perimeter Shooting: With Markus Kennedy and Shawn Williams in foul trouble most of the night, Nic Moore took over and showed why he is one of the most feared guards in the AAC. Moore was 5-of-9 from downtown tonight and hit them from all over the court. Moore's ability to hit the contested three-pointer is a big reason why Rutgers never took the lead in the second half. When Rutgers went on a run, Moore was able to make a play at the other end.


1. Free Throws: The Mustangs started off strong from the free throw line, but finished the night right at 70 percent from the charity stripe. While missed free throws did not hurt the Ponies this time around, there will come a time when SMU is in a close game and free throws will be crucial.

2. Foul trouble: Already without Yanick Moreira, the SMU front court all of a sudden became very thin when Markus Kennedy and Shawn Williams got into foul trouble. Both big men are big contributors for the Mustangs, so the two need to stay out of foul trouble in the future. Granted, both teams got called for a lot of fouls, but having keys players in foul trouble could lead to losses on the road.

3. Little to no Keith Frazier: At the start of the season, some people dubbed Keith Frazier as SMU's 'savior.' The freshman has struggled, however, to find his shot consistently this season. And today, the Dallas Kimball product played all of four minutes. SMU has done well without any big contributions from him, but if SMU wants to make a run in the AAC tournament and the NCAA tournament, Frazier will have to become a bigger factor.

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