3 Up, 3 Down: SMU vs UCONN

Hatts has your 3 up, 3 down from SMU's 73-55 victory over UCONN Saturday night!

3 Up

1. Markus Kennedy

Kennedy had another big game when he absolutely had to for the Mustangs. Kennedy was all around the rim and finished with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Kennedy was matched up much of the game with Amida Brimah and held him to 6 points, 4 rebounds and frustrated the Uconn big men all game long. Kennedy did leave the floor late in the game but walked off under his own power.

2. Yanick Moreira

Moreira had a size advantage most of the game and he absolutely dominated down low. Moreira had 10 rebounds including 3 offensive rebounds to go with his 13 points. The SMU center stayed aggressive throughout the game and was great on following up missed shots, which led to most of his baskets. Another impressive stat for Moreira was going 5-5 from behind the line.

3. Offensive Rebounding

SMU absolutely dominated on the offensive glass, and many of these led to follow up points. SMU was great tonight at aggressively driving to the rim and having one of their big man there to follow up with the dunk or lay in. On the night SMU had 14 offensive rebounds that translated into 20 second chance points. SMU did still shoot a good percentage for the game but was able to put a tremendous amount of pressure on UConn with their offensive rebounding.

3 Down

1. Ben Moore

In what was a big night for the SMU big men, it was a struggle again for Ben Moore. Moore finished with 3 points, 3 rebounds and picked up his 4th foul early in the second half. After that, Moore barely saw the court in the second half while the rotation of Moreira, Kennedy and Cunningham proved too much for UConn to handle. Moore was more aggressive tonight despite going 1 for 5 from the floor but it was another tough night for Moore in what was also a tough matchup for him.

2. Ben Emelogu

Ben Emelogu did not play a lot and did make a few nice plays but it was another quiet night for the SMU sophomore. Emelogu finished the night 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 2 turnovers. Emelogu only took one three on the night and missed badly before he started driving the ball to the basket. Coming down the stretch, this might be the route Emelogu wants to go to provide an impact in these last couple of games, and going into postseason play.

3. Defensive Rebounding

It was a great night on the offensive glass but not such a great one on the defensive end. SMU allowed 14 offensive rebounds, which amounted to almost half of UConn’s total rebounds. Despite this, SMU did do a nice job of limiting second chance points off of those rebounds. The biggest player SMU struggled to control was Kentan Facey who finished with 5 offensive boards.