3 Up, 3 Down: SMU vs. Cincinnati

Hatts has your 3 Up, 3 Down from SMU's loss to Cincinnati on the road.

3 Up

Ryan Manuel

In what was a struggle of a second half, Ryan Manuel was one of the true bright spots. Head Coach Larry Brown has been urging Manuel to drive hard to the basket and take advantage of defenses sagging off from him. Manuel finished the game with 14 points, 12 in the second half, and was seemingly the only player who was able to make a play during SMU’s long scoring drought. Manuel also continued to play tough defense and showed some of that leadership that coach Brown has been looking for.

Yanick Moreira

It was disappointing to see SMU go away from Yanick Moreira in the second half, because he was the best player on the court during the first half. Moreira finished the game with 9 points and 3 rebounds, all 9 points came in the first half. SMU struggled with too many turnovers in the second half and was not able to get the ball into him but Moreira continued to show fantastic post moves and looked dominant in the second half. This is something SMU can’t let happen in the future and need to continue to feed the ball into Moreira.

Pressure Defense

18 turnovers, that is what SMU’s defense was able to do to this Cincinnati offense that struggled throughout the first half. Ben Moore, Keith Frazier and Markus Kennedy each had 2 steals on the game. This doesn’t even take into account the number of times, especially in the second half, that SMU forced the Bearcats into a tough shot with the shot clock running down, or in some cases not even allowing them to get a shot off.

3 Down

Nic Moore

This is a day that Nic Moore would soon like to forget. Yes he had 11 points and 4 assists but the big number here is the 6 turnovers. With the ball in his hands as much as it is, he’s going to have some turnovers, but 6 turnovers from your point guard is not going to win you a tough game on the road against a good defensive team. Some of these turnovers turned out to be huge, especially getting it stolen by Farad Cobb to get him going in what was a huge second half for him. Moore will be fine in home games, but there is still some big road games left that this can’t happen again and allow the crowd to get into it.

Markus Kennedy

It is a process getting Markus Kennedy back on the court but today was rough for him. Kennedy repeatedly turned the ball over and struggled with double teams, as well as, getting any sort of lift on his shots. A lot of the mistakes being made by Kennedy were plays that last year he was repeatedly making for this team. While Kennedy will certainly get it going as conference play rolls on, today was a struggle and reminded Mustang fans that this is still a process, and may take him a few more weeks to get back to where he can be productive on the court. Kennedy finished the day with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 turnovers.


This game could have been over in the first half, and this is possibly the most frustrating part. We have been saying for weeks that SMU had to get their turnover problem figured out and it finally killed them today. It was equal opportunity for everyone on the team but with 17 turnovers, this is a game that SMU is going to look back on and know it got away from them. Cincinnati continued to struggle shooting the ball and getting any sort of offense, but the Mustangs not only turned the ball over but turned it over in spots that allowed Cincinnati to essentially walk the ball in for layups and completely turn this game around. SMU will return home for a home game against Memphis, where they again cannot turn the ball over, but then have to head back out on the road for another toughroad game at Temple.

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