How it Happened
SMU did a good job holding Michigan superstar Caris LeVert to four points. During the Wolverines four-game losing streak, they have shot the ball poorly and settled for contested jumpers. SMU allowed a 12-1 Michigan run that gave them a three-point lead, but the Mustangs shook off the poor play and executed down the stretch en route to a 17-3, game-ending run.
What it Means
SMU got a true signature nonconference win, and should give them a ton of confidence going into AAC play. Even with Michigan having a down year, a road win over a Big Ten team will look good in the selection committee’s eyes come March.
Player of the Game
Yanick Moreira. The big man ate Michigan’s frontcourt alive, scoring 19 points and drawing a few fouls. He didn’t rebound like he usually does, but his teammates picked him up and helped the Mustangs outrebound Michigan by 17. The frontcourt was SMU’s big advantage coming in to today’s game, and the big men played great, especially defensively. They kept Michigan out of the paint, holding the Wolverines to 10 points in that area.
Ben Moore, Ben Emelogu and Justin Martin were all held scoreless today. Moore was in foul trouble throughtout the game, and Martin played just four minutes. Larry Brown said he was “out of shape.” Emelogu played just 10 minutes. All three need to step it up to give the Mustangs’ bench a spark.
The Mustangs have a nine-day holiday break before returning to Moody Coliseum to take on Midwestern State on Dec. 29.