3 Up, 3 Down: SMU vs. UConn

Hatts has your FREE 3 Up, 3 Down from SMU's win over Connecticut to win the AAC title!

3 Up

1. Sterling Brown

Sterling Brown was one of the most consistent performers for the Mustangs today with 12 huge rebounds including 6 on the offensive end. Coach Brown has talked all year long that you may not notice everything Brown does on the court, but the little plays he made throughout the game turned out to be huge. Brown also did a solid job on Daniel Hamilton and the rest of the UConn forwards. Hamilton was limited to only 8 points on 2-9 shooting.

2. Rebounding

SMU did not shoot the ball well today but were able to get a lot of buckets on second chance points. The Mustangs out rebounded UConn 43-30 and had 14 offensive rebounds to only 7 for UConn. SMU was able to cash in with 12 second chance points, a lot of these coming before Brimah was back in the game in the second half.

3. Championship Defense

Yes Rodney Purvis had another monster day against SMU with 29 points, but when he is the only one in double figures that says something. The Mustangs held the Huskies to 33% shooting and 24% on threes. Although he was banged up, SMU did a fantastic job on Ryan Boatright who finished the game 1-12 for only 7 points before he fouled out. The only other player for the Huskies to get above 5 points was Daniel Hamilton with 8 but he struggled too.

3 Down

1. Nic Moore

It was a tough day for Nic Moore who finished with 11 points on 3-14 shooting. Moore also struggled to contain Rodney Purvis who went off for 29 points while being guarded by Moore most of the game. The one bright spot for Moore however in this game was that he didn’t turn the ball over.

2. Outside Shooting

SMU struggled mightily shooting the three today going 1-9 from behind the arc. The Mustangs were able to cover this up with solid play inside especially from Kennedy and Ben Moore but today was one of those days where shots were just not falling for Moore, Manuel and Emelogu.

3. Cannen Cunningham

Today was a fairly tough day for the senior Cannen Cunningham. Cunningham finished with 3 points and 4 rebounds. The senior forward had been on a hot streak lately but finished today without a field goal in only 12 minutes of action.

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