Matt Visinsky

3 Up, 3 Down: SMU Mustangs vs. Tulane Green Wave

Billy has your 3 up, 3 down following SMU's win over Tulane.

3 Up

1. Ben Moore

Ben Moore finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds while also being a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Moore finished 5-of-10 from the field and was a big part in getting Tulane's bigs into foul trouble. Moore was aggressive and drove hard into the paint to draw fouls and did a good job forcing Tulane's bigs to adjust on their shots when they did get the ball inside. Jordan Tolbert finished with 11 points as well, but Moore was SMU's best big man almost the entire night and set the tone defensively in the second half.

2. Dominating the Paint

SMU dominated the paint by getting their bigs into foul trouble and being aggressive going to the paint. Every SMU player took it upon themself to go to the lane and try to score. That was a huge part of the team's success today. The team outrebounded Tulane 42-20 and outscored 42-22 in the paint. That's a great building block for Thursday as SMU will look to get some payback against the Huskies, who controlled the paint a lot of the time against SMU last time out.

3. Second-Half Shooting

It really was a tale of two halves for SMU as the team shot 11-for-29 from the field in the first half, but woke up and went on a 46-point second half by shooting 64 percent from the field. The Mustangs took better shots and executed much better. Jarrey Foster said SMU took some more time on offense in the second half to get into their sets and really focus. That focus led to better shots and obvious improvement. SMU was able to break down Tulane and eventually wore them down with their offense.

3 Down

1. Turnovers

SMU cleaned up the turnovers for a large part of the second half, but fell asleep at times too. The Mustangs had 12 turnovers in the first half and really looked out of sorts on offense. Nic Moore had five turnovers on his own, but other SMU players of course contributed as well. There were some poor passes and it took a while for SMU to get going. SMU will have to clean up a lot of their mistakes today before Thursday with Connecticut looking to play spoiler.

2. Nic Moore

Nic Moore didn't have it today. The team picked it up for him, but Moore went 1-for-9 from the field and had just one made basket - a three-pointer. Moore did add five assists and settled the team down in the second half. Nic wasn't terrible today and it just seemed like one of those days for him shooting the ball. It's concerning going into the team's final two games in his career with so much on the line, but Nic has always been able to pick it up and after today, it wouldn't surprise me to see fireworks from him on Thursday.

3. Free Throws

SMU shot 65 percent from the free-throw line. They left a few points on the floor from the charity stripe, which has been an issue much of the season. It didn't matter in the end today, but it has killed SMU a couple times this year.


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