Rapid Reaction: SMU Falls at Memphis

Come inside for our immediate reaction following SMU's loss!

How It Happened: Even though it was a really sloppy game early and that is an understatement, SMU recovered enough to take a four-point lead into halftime. Memphis though came out and stepped up, with Joe Jackson and Austin Nichols playing exceptional basketball. Even with Nick Russell and Nic Moore combining for 29 points and 10 assists, the rest of the SMU team didn't help much, with the bench combining for just 10 points outside of Markus Kennedy's 13. SMU couldn't defend Memphis' athletic and quick guards and ultimately that led to SMU losing two in a row to two Top 25 teams.

What It Means:SMU now must wait to see how the rest of the AAC games pan out to see where exactly they will be seeded in the AAC Tournament. It doesn't really affect their tournament status, but it's another poor performance on the road from SMU, who desperately needed to bounce back from the Louisville loss.

Side Note:Cannen Cunningham got the start for SMU, but lasted just 18 seconds, picking up two fouls and he sat the rest of the half. Once he got back in the second, Cunningham picked up another. He finished with two points and one rebound.

Up Next:SMU heads home for a couple days then back to Memphis for the AAC Tournament. SMU will face Houston now that UConn has defeated Louisville.


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