SMU is an elite rebounding team
SMU continued to dominate on the glass tonight, outrebounding Temple 42-25. In their previous game, the Mustangs racked up an incredible 20 offensive rebounds against ECU. SMU built a 21-point lead in the first half, largely due to rebounding. The Mustangs had nine offensive rebounds in the first, as they seemed to get the ball back after every one of their misses. SMU came into this game with the fourth best rebounding margin in the country, outrebounding their opponents by 12.7 per game. They trail just UNC, Indiana and UCF. It is surprising, given the fact that SMU's tallest player (Ben Moore) stands at just 6 foot 8, but SMU puts tremendous effort towards crashing the glass and it continues to pay off.
Temple's second half traps gave SMU trouble
After playing a relatively secure first half, allowing just two points off turnovers, SMU made some lazy passes against Temple's trapping defense in the second half that led to transition layups. Sterling Brown, Shake Milton and Jarrey Foster were all bothered by traps and threw passes that were picked off for buckets on the other end. Temple played a much better second half, and part of it was due to the easy points that they got from trapping SMU. SMU struggled with turnovers during their early season slump, before seeming to quell the issue lately. After tonight, Tim Jankovich will surely work to iron out the problem in practice before SMU's next game.
Sterling Brown continues to get in foul trouble
Brown had four fouls against both ECU and Memphis, and he fouled out tonight. With just seven scholarship players on the team, SMU cannot afford to have anyone in foul trouble, let alone a player as valuable as Brown. Brown's aggression on both ends is part of what makes him so good, but he has to cut down on the fouls.