Matt Visinsky

Game Preview: SMU hosts CSU Bakersfield in return to Moody Coliseum

Pony Stampede previews SMU's home matchup against CSU Bakersfield on Friday in Moody Coliseum at 7 pm CT.

WHEN: Friday, December 2 at 7 pm CT
WHERE: Moody Coliseum (Dallas, Texas)
TV/RADIO: Spectrum Sports/ESPN3 - Subject to Blackout in DFW/770 KAAM AM
SERIES: SMU leads 1-0
LAST MEETING: SMU won 73-56 in 2009.

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SMU is coming off back-to-back road losses and a home stand at Moody Coliseum is exactly what the doctor ordered after two losses where the team did not look particularly good especially in the Boise State loss. SMU looked lethargic at times and even some of the players that performed well like Ben Moore against Boise State, are clearly not at their best right now. SMU allowed far too many opportunities from beyond the arc against Boise State and the Broncos capitalized. SMU was down 20 at halftime as the Broncos held SMU scoreless for over four minutes in the first half. SMU came within striking distance late, but the outcome was never in doubt. SMU is looking to bounce back from two-game losing streak and right this ship to start this six-game home stand at Moody Coliseum. This team is far from where it was at when the team beat Pittsburgh in New York just a couple weeks ago. 

Scouting CSU Bakersfield

CSU-Bakersfield dominated Pacific Union on Wednesday night in 33-point blowout win over the inferior competition. Damiyne Durham's 19 points were the difference in the game with five three-pointers. CSUB runs a tight 9-man rotation and all nine of the players average in the double-digits in minutes. SMU has to jump on this team early to get them down. CSUB is 2-2 in its last four games with losses to North Dakota and Wright State so the Roadrunners aren't necessarily playing their best basketball of the season either. The three tallest players for CSUB run 6-8, 6-10 and 6-11 in Greg Lee, Aly Moataz and Fallou Ndoye, yet none are regular contributors to the team. Only 6-7 James Suber finds himself in the regular rotation so SMU should be able to take advantage of its size in the paint against CSUB.

CSU Bakersfield Players to Watch

G Dedrick Basile: The All-WAC Tournament MVP helped CSUB to the NCAA Tournament with a buzzer beater and was an All-WAC first-team preseason selection. Basile has scored in double-digits for all eight of the Roadrunners games this season. The Houston native is undersized at 5-10, but can certainly threaten from beyond the arc as he's shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc.

F Jaylin Arlington: Even though Arlington was 10-for-25 from the field, Arlington notched 31 points against Arizona earlier this season. The 6-4 forward is leading the Roadrunners in points and is shooting over 46 percent from beyond the arc. Arlington is a threat that SMU is going to have to watch on the wing with Sterling Brown and Jarrey Foster likely drawing the assignment to defend Arlington.

G Damiyne Durham: Coming off the bench, Durham is second on CSUB in points on the team with 17 points per game. CSUB has relied on him to step up including the Roadrunners' win over Pacific Union in the team's latest matchup. 

Projected Starters:
G Dedrick Basile
F Jaylin Arlington
F Matt Smith
G Brent Wrapp
F Shon Briggs

Keys to the Game

Staying out of foul trouble and getting into a better flow offensively. This is a game that SMU shouldn't have much issue with, but one way they'll allow the door to be cracked open is if the Roadrunners can get SMU into foul trouble. CSUB kept things relatively close with No. 10 Arizona with a 22-point loss, but again, SMU should be able to handle the Roadrunners. This is a game that SMU can use to get into an offensive flow more so than we've seen in the last few games. SMU has to focus on execution and chemistry in this game. Right now, SMU hasn't shown much in that regard. That has to change on Friday against the Roadrunners.

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