Upon Further Review: Memphis

Demo's latest Upon Further Review breaks down SMU's win over Memphis!

Gonna keep this short-gotta start dialing it back in order to be in tip top shape for the postseason (AAC Championship and NCAA Tournament).

So does anyone remember last season when Larry Brown talked about finishing the right way. This is what he meant.

Finally, SMU managed to beat the Tigers on the road and what a time to do it too.

¬With the win, SMU has all but secured their NCAA tournament bid, and the conference title. There are still a couple of games left, but you have to think that SMU has this thing wrapped up.

Once again it was the play of a “reserve” that rallied the troops. Sterling Brown hit two early threes and continued to play solid defense throughout.

And Nic Moore scored 14 second half points to propel the Mustangs to a 66-57 victory over Memphis.

With the score tied at 48-all, SMU went on a 15-4 run- punctuated by a Nic Moore three-pointer with 3:27 left.

It was SMU's fifth straight victory and their 21st in 23 games.

Coming into tonight's matchup, Memphis had won its last three games. So not only did SMU continue to assert its conference dominance, but it also demonstrated its ability to take down an opponent that has a lot of momentum behind it.

All season long, the key to SMU's success has been protecting the ball and taking it away from opponents. On Thursday, SMU won the turnover battle 8-12, with Markus Kennedy leading the way defensively with six steals.

Sure it was a little close for comfort, but it was good to see the boys finish the fight and pull out the win. From here on out, every game is going to be a dog fight- the mental toughness of this team is going to be put to the test.

Perhaps SMU is a bit overpowered (despite being undermanned) for the AAC, however, in the national tournament the competition will be much stiffer.

The next two games will be good “tune ups” for the conference tournament- -heck even one of them is in UCONN.

Before we leave, let's talk about Cannen Cunningham's production. Once again, when his team needed it the most, he delivered. He scored all six of his points in the key-late minute SMU run- knocking down a trey and a jumper.

Down the stretch, the play of Cunningham, Brown, and Ryan Manuel will be even more important than it has been all season long.


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