As we’ve seen during the entire (well, most) of the Larry Brown era, when SMU is on, it plays some of the most beautiful basketball out there.
Sunday’s 92-58 win over USF was one of the Mustangs finest performances.
SMU’s ball movement was a thing of beauty. When a team throws all kinds of defensive schemes at a team, and they are still able to do whatever they want, it is a thing of beauty.
SMU had 27 assists on 35 buckets—poetry in motion. You don’t get much better than that.
The Mustangs were 60 percent from the floor (that’s pretty good).
They also made (not one, not two, not three not four, etc.) 14 3-pointers.
Oh yea and six of those came from freshman stand-out, Shake Milton. The dude was 6-9 from 3-point range.
He finished with 22 points—marking the fourth time this season he has scored 20+ points.
But it isn’t as if Milton is the only one scoring. SMU did score 92 points—which by the way is the most for an AAC conference game. Ever.
Furthermore, SMU is averaging 74.9 points a game—that kind of thing doesn’t happen unless you have some guys that can ball out. The Mustangs may be rolling seven schollys deep, but they can flat out ball.
Five Mustangs (Nic Moore, Milton, Sterling Brown, Jordan Tolbert and Ben Moore) are averaging double-digit point totals in conference play. Four of those dudes, plus Markus Kennedy had at least 10 Sunday afternoon.
And Kennedy is averaging 9.3 points per conference game, so he’s killing it too.
Now, a quick reality check, just because. We all know that SMU’s season, for the most part, is pretty empty and lacking any real importance.
With no postseason to look forward to and no perfect season to chase, there really is no reason for SMU to come out and destroy teams the way they are.
USF is just a 5-win team. Beating them proves nothing. Even with seven players, SMU is too good for this year’s USF team.
All that being said, SMU had just lost two of its last three games. So this win was an important step in re-establishing their momentum as a winning-basketball team.
Brown is always preaching about finishing the right way and it’d be nice to see SMU do that in a season that, like I said, didn’t really matter.
It’s easy to fight your damnedest early, but after 22 games, it can become a chore—and in this case, one with no reward to be had.
I don’t want to end on a sad note. How about when Courtland Sutton saw some court time and casually drained a three?
Sutton finished with three points. And speaking of the walk-ons, all three (including Sutton) got to play. Jake Brudish also had three points and David Nelson had two--which, by the way, was more than Ben Moore’s one point.
Trust me, I did the math and the three walk-ons scored more points than Ben Moore (he had some early foul trouble).
The only Mustang not to score was Jonathan Wilfong. So, I suppose I’m still ending on a sad note.