Mustang Fans Encouraged To Wear RED, Team Will Also Wear RED Jerseys
Feb. 3, 2009
No. 14/15 MEMPHIS Tigers (18-3, 7-0 C-USA) at SMU Mustangs (6-13, 1-6 C-USA) - Wed. Feb. 4 - 8:00 p.m. - Moody Coliseum (8,998) - Dallas, Texas - TV: CBS College Sports (Carter Blackburn, Pete Gillen) - Radio: KAAM 770 AM (Rich Phillips, Allen Stone) - Internet: SMUMustangs.com
The SMU Mustangs (6-13, 1-6 Conference USA) host No. 14 Memphis (18-3, 7-0 C-USA) for a nationally-televised contest on CBS College Sports on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The Tigers are the first ranked opponent for SMU this season. The Mustangs last win over a ranked opponent was a 60-59 triumph at No. 17 Purdue in the title game of the Boilermaker Invitational on Dec. 21, 2003. Since then, SMU has played eight games against ranked foes, including five matchups against Memphis. The Ponies have fallen just three points short in two of those eight games, a 50-47 home-loss to No. 12 Oklahoma on Jan. 3, 2006, and a 64-61 thriller at Moody Coliseum against No. 6 Memphis on March 3, 2007. The last SMU win over a ranked foe in Moody Coliseum was a 70-60 victory over No. 25 Houston on Jan. 30, 1993. SMU has hosted 13 ranked opponents since then.
RED OUT FOR MEMPHIS: The Mustangs are encouraging fans to wear RED for the game against Memphis. The Mustangs will give away 1000 RED SMU Basketball t-shirts to fans and students as they enter Moody Coliseum on Wednesday. The Mustangs will also wear red jerseys. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. tip.
QUICK TAKE: 1. - In C-USA games, SMU is averaging 35.9 rebounds (5th) with a +0.9 differential (5th). Last season in C-USA, SMU averaged 31.8 rebounds and had a -4.2 differential. The Mustangs have outrebounded five of seven league opponents. SMU won the rebound battle at Tulsa 36-32 on Jan. 31. Tulsa entered the game No. 5 in the nation with a +8.0 rebound margin. 2. - A first-year player has led SMU in scoring in 17 of 19 games (freshman Paul McCoy 7 times, JC transfer Derek Williams 7 times, junior transfer Mouhammad Faye 2 times, and redshirt freshman Robert Nyakundi - the others were senior Bamba Fall 2 times and sophomore Papa Dia; Fall & McCoy co-led once). Only Wichita State (18 of 20) and UC-Riverside (16 of 18) have been led as often by a first-year player. The Mustangs are one of eight teams with four different first-year players leading the way at least once (UC-Riverside (5), Wichita State (5), Colorado, High Point, Jacksonville State, Long Beach State, Sam Houston State). 3. - The Mustangs have improved in 12 of 19 statistical categories tracked by C-USA compared to last season. 4. - Experience - Bamba Fall has played in 92 games at SMU, the only one on the roster above 48 games 5. - Derek Williams had a team-high 15 points at Tulsa and has had 14 or more points in six straight games as well as eight of the last ten. 6. - Paul McCoy has had four assists in four consecutive games and has grabbed at least four rebounds in each league contest, including seven rebounds three times. 7. - In the 80-74 loss to East Carolina, SMU had a season-low 8 turnovers. It was the fewest since having just 7 miscues in a 67-60 home loss to Tulsa on Feb. 28, 2007. 8. - In the 60-51 win over Tulane on Jan. 17, SMU had 10 blocked shots and hit 78.9 percent (15-19) from the floor in the second half. Both of those are SMU bests in a C-USA game. Also, it was the first time SMU had 10 blocks since 12 against UT-Tyler on Nov. 19, 2004. 9. - Freshman Paul McCoy is averaging a team-high 12.8 points. He is on pace to become the first freshman to lead the Mustangs in scoring. 10. Strength of Schedule - The Mustangs have the toughest schedule within Conference USA this season based upon opponent's winning percentage (.560). The Mustangs also had the toughest schedule last season (.527). The Mustangs were the only team to play four of the league's five postseason teams twice in league play. SMU plays home-and-home with Houston, Memphis, Rice, Tulsa, and UTEP. 11. - Bamba Fall has 230 career blocks. That is second at SMU (Jon Koncak 278) and 6th in C-USA. In 92 games he has 68 multi-block outings. (2+ 68 times, 3+ 40 times, 4+ 26 times, 5+ 12 times, and 6+ 3 times). Fall has 497 career rebounds and would be the 30th SMU player to 500. 12. - Paul McCoy became the third SMU freshman to score 30 points in a game with 32 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 31. Ira Terrell had 33 against Arkansas on Jan. 30, 1973. Terrell scored 31 against Houston on Dec. 29, 1972. David Piehler scored 32 as a freshman at TCU on Feb. 9, 1980. 13. - Paul McCoy led SMU against East Carolina with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal. He became the first SMU player to lead the team in all four categories since Bryan Hopkins did it against Marshall on Feb. 18, 2006 with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 6 steals. 14. - The 70-67 win over Colorado was SMU's first win over a Big 12 team since a 77-43 win versus Baylor on Dec. 16, 2004.
Paul McCoy: McCoy ranks among the Conference USA leaders as a freshman. He is 15th in scoring (12.8), 6th in FG pct. (47.0), and 3rd in steals (2.16). Among C-USA freshmen, he is 1st in FG Pct., 2nd in scoring (Tyreke Evans, Memphis, 16.3), 2nd in steals (Evans, 2.38), and 1st in minutes at 34.32. In C-USA games, he is 3rd in steals (1.86). Through Feb. 1, he was 48th in the NCAA in steals. He took C-USA Rookie of the Week for Nov. 17-23 when he averaged 17.0 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals with just four total turnovers to make the All-Tournament Team of the SMU Tip-Off Classic. In November, he was named by The Sporting News as one of the "Top freshman you may not know." On January 7, he was selected as the nation's No. 12 freshman by Basketball Prospectus. On Jan. 16, he was named one of ten finalists for the for Oregon's 2008 Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year Award, as selected by a 78-member, statewide panel of voters. The winner will be announced at the 57th annual Oregon Sports Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Campus.
Bamba Fall: Fall is averaging a C-USA leading 2.74 blocks per game with a season-high five four times.He now has 230 blocked shots for his career as he chases Jon Koncak's SMU record of 278. In C-USA, he is 1st in blocks (2.74), 6th in rebounds (7.3), 7th in offensive rebounds (2.74), and 5th in defensive rebounds (4.58).Through Feb. 1, he ranked 9th in the NCAA in blocks. He has had five blocks in four games this season; TCU, Northwestern, UTSA, and Tulane. Had 7 points (3-4 FG), 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, a steal, and an assist while matched up with Jerome Jordan (11 pts, 3-7 FG, 5 rebs, 4 blk, ast) at Tulsa 1/31.
Derek Williams: Williams is averaging a team-best 3.42 assists per game. In C-USA, he is 16th in scoring (12.6), 14th in assists (3.42), 14th in assist/turnover ratio (1.27), and 18th in minutes (31.84). In league games, he is scoring a team-best 14.3 points while averaging 3.14 assists with a 1.38 assist to turnover ratio. He is also shooting 46.8 percent in C-USA action.
THE SERIES (MEMPHIS): The Mustangs and Tigers are meeting for the eighth time with Memphis holding a 6-1 lead and a six-game winning streak. The Mustangs won the first matchup 66-63 at Memphis on Dec. 14, 1953. This is the sixth meeting since the teams became conference foes and the third time the Tigers have come to Moody Coliseum. Memphis has been ranked for each league contest, with SMU nearly knocking off the sixth-ranked Tigers in Dallas on March 3, 2007 (64-61).
LAST SEASON VS. MEMPHIS: (Feb. 6 at UM, L 77-48) MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Andre Allen scored a career-high 19 points, Joey Dorsey had 10 points and 14 rebounds and the top-ranked Tigers beat SMU 77-48 to extend the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 45 games. The Tigers played without Robert Dozier, who served a suspension related to an off-the-court incident. Dorsey was held out of the starting lineup because of his inconsistent play in last weekend's win over UTEP and Chris Douglas-Roberts was limited to 13 minutes because of the flu. Dorsey had started 91 of 93 games since his freshman season with the Tigers (22-0, 8-0 C-USA). Allen went 5-for-8 from 3-point range and 7-of-13 from the field overall in a season-high 23 minutes. His effort helped offset a four-point outing by Douglas-Roberts. Without Dozier, averaging 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds, and with Douglas-Roberts limited, the Tigers struggled in the opening minutes. Memphis missed seven of its first eight shots and, after Bamba Fall's hook shot fell, was behind 7-3. Calipari eventually got a spark from Allen, who fueled a 14-3 run with two 3-pointers and a driving layup. The Tigers followed that run with another, scoring 15 of the game's next 17 points on their way to 40-18 halftime lead. Allen had another 3-pointer during the second run. In the second half, the Tigers stretched their lead to 40 points. The Tigers had seven turnovers, including one in the first period. Fall and Jon Killen scored 12 points apiece for SMU (7-13, 1-6). (March 5 at SMU, L72-55) DALLAS (AP) -- Tigers' Derrick Rose scored 19 points and Chris Douglas-Roberts added 18, leading No. 2 Memphis past SMU 72-55. Memphis (29-1, 15-0 C-USA) finished unbeaten on the road for the first time since 1960-61, going 10-0. Douglas-Roberts scored just before halftime, then had a layup in the opening seconds of the second half. The Tigers led 40-26 and would remain ahead by at least 10 points the rest of the game. Rose scored eight of Memphis' first 12 points in the second half and had 12 after halftime. He finished 8-of-14 for the field, and Douglas-Roberts went 9-of-18. The rest of the team combined for only a dozen baskets. Overall, the Tigers shot 44.6 percent. Antonio Anderson and Doneal Mack both scored nine points, with Mack's coming on a run of three straight 3s during a spurt that took Memphis from trailing 9-7 to leading 16-9. Dorsey, who missed practice Tuesday because of a stomach bug, didn't start but went in after only a few minutes. He had six points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. Jon Killen led SMU with 16 points and Bamba Fall had 11, eight rebounds and four blocks. Playing before a big crowd at home, and wearing uniforms from their only Final Four team--the 1956 squad that lost to Bill Russell and eventual national champion San Francisco in the semifinals--coach Matt Doherty's squad missed the front end of a 1-and-1 when both free throws would have pulled them within nine points with about 7 minutes left.
Matt Doherty vs. MEMPHIS: Matt Doherty is 0-4 against Memphis, all while at SMU. The Tigers have been ranked each time, but SMU nearly upset then No. 6 Memphis, losing 64-61 at Moody Coliseum on March 3, 2007.
THE COACHES SERIES: Matt Doherty (SMU) and John Calipari (Memphis) are meeting for the fifth time, all while at their current posts. Calipari leads 4-0 and his Tigers have been ranked in each meeting.
LAST GAME (Jan. 31 at Tulsa, L 64-55): TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Justin Hurtt scored 15 points, including a rally-stifling 3-pointer with 2:03 to play, as Tulsa held off SMU 64-55. Tulsa (15-7, 5-2 C-USA) held SMU without a field goal for more than eight minutes early in the second half, expanding a 31-29 lead to 48-32. But the Mustangs (1-6, 6-13) clawed back to within 56-51 on a 19-8 run, led by Derek Williams, who led SMU with 15 points. Hurtt's trey gave Tulsa breathing room at 59-51. Ben Uzoh, who had 13 points, made three of four free throws in the final 1:15 to help Tulsa close it out. Ray Reese had 14 points, Jerome Jordan 11 and Glenn Andrews nine for the balanced Hurricane offense. Robert Nyakundi scored 11 and Paul McCoy had 10 for SMU. SMU shot just 34.5 percent (19 of 55). The Ponies were hurt by a 10-0 Tulsa run late in the first half that broke a 17-17 tie and by their offensive futility to start the second half. The battle of 7-foot centers was a stalemate, as both teams collapsed on the interior. Jordan took just seven shots, making three, and had five rebounds and four blocks, while SMU's Bamba Fall had seven points and eight rebounds and three blocks. SMU Notes: Bamba Fall had 3 blocks and now has 230 for his career. He trails only Jon Koncak's 278 in the SMU record book. Fall also has 52 blocked shots this season and is the first Mustang to have 50-plus blocked shots in four seasons. Freshman Paul McCoy had 2 steals and now has 41 for the season. That is the fourth-best total by a freshman at SMU. SMU outrebounded Tulsa 36-32. Tulsa entered the game ranked fifth nationally with a +8.0 rebound margin.
UP NEXT: The Mustangs continue their three-game homestand by hosting Cal State-Bakersfield in a non-conference matchup on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. SMU then gets back to league play when Houston visits Moody Coliseum on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.
FIRST YEAR SCORERS - NUMBER: The Mustangs are one of eight teams in to have four different newcomers lead the team in scoring; freshman Paul McCoy 7 times, junior college transfer Derek Williams 5 times, junior transfer Mouhammad Faye 2 times, and redshirt freshman Robert Nyakundi - the others were senior Bamba Fall 2 times and sophomore Papa Dia. Fall and McCoy shared the team lead against East Carolina.