FREE: 3-16 Hoops Practice Notebook

Just a day after securing their NCAA Tourney bid, SMU was back on the court. Hatts has Q&As and a notebook!

SMU head coach Larry Brown Q&A

SMU F Yanick Moreira Q&A

SMU G Sterling Brown Q&A

SMU G Ryan Manuel Q&A


On the press, coach Brown was trying to get his team to have better spacing on the press break, as well as, in their half court offense. The coaching staff was pleased with the execution of the press break although it was being done at a slower pace.

Slower Paced

Coming off three straight days of games, today’s practice was intense but also involved a lot of teaching. Much of practice was against no defense with the focus being on execution and getting in the right spots.

Sterling Brown

Although it was a slower pace, Sterling Brown had a good day of practice grasping all that coach Brown was talking about. Throughout practice, Brown also brought energy and a little bit of noise to practice encouraging the rest of the guys.

Practice Quick Hits

— Former President George W. Bush visited the SMU locker room before practice to congratulate the team on their NCAA tournament berth.

— Yanick Moreira on when they found out they were officially in- “We knew were going to get in but we were saying we got to win this game to make sure we get in because last year there were some people who thought we were going to get in and we just went back to the locker room and said we’re not going to lose this game.”

— Sterling Brown on taking care of business themselves- “Felt good, you know coach Brown has been preaching it all year that we don’t want anybody else to dictate our fate and we just went out there and did it”

—Ryan Manuel on the emotions of the win against Tulsa with the win against UConn- “This one was a little bit sweeter than the last one you know, since we won at UConn which was a tough defeat for us, it just feels good to get the win at UConn and make it to the NCAA tournament.”

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