Stifling. SMU’s defense was simply too good Saturday night for Memphis to get anything going. The Tigers were held to just 32.8 percent shooting and 11 offensive rebounds.
Meanwhile, SMU racked up 39 defensive rebounds and blocked 10 shots.
Nic Moore was relatively quiet in the first half as far as scoring went. But he absolutely went off in the second. During a point explosion for SMU in the second half, Nic Moore hit back-to-back 3-point plays. He finished the night with 22 points and three assists.
SMU made it look easy Saturday night. Like, ridiculously easy. On its 23 field goals, SMU had 15 assists. That’s quality ball movement and quality offense.
Both ways—forcing and committing them. SMU finished with 12 turnovers and while that is pretty solid considering SMU’s usual turnover woes. However, the Mustangs only forced six Memphis turnovers. Since SMU was playing such solid defense and forcing poor shots, they didn’t really need to take the ball away, but still six turnovers is pretty low for a team desperately searching for offensive answers.
Not winning by more?
Seriously, Memphis struggled so much on the offensive end. It felt that SMU really eased up three quarters into the second half.
Felt as if SMU was in cruise control rather than stepping on Memphis’ throat and.
Yea, I know, this is quite a stretch to be considered a “down.”
Just look at the box score and on paper, SMU was WAY more dominant than the final score shows.
That goes back to not forcing more turnovers. But you can’t really argue with the results.
Results that make it impossible to find a third down.