Bounce Back Early and Fast
As we all know, the Mustangs are coming off an epic collapse against UAB, and no one knows how they will come out tonight. Will they be back with vengeance? Or will they come out shooting like they did in the second half last week? If they want to win this game, they will need to forget about all that happened against UAB, and focus on the game at hand. The last time SMU was the favorite was against North Carolina Central University, and in that game they started off fast and never looked back. They will have to do the same, especially considering they have to gain back some of their confidence after the disappointment last week.
Keep Their Hands Up
The Rice Owls are not a good shooting team, and their leading points producer is Tamir Johnson, who only shoots .384% from the field. The Mustangs defense must get their hands up on every shot, and force the Owls' shooters into difficult shots. Rice only has two guys averaging double figures, Tamir Johnson and Arsalen Kazemi. The Iranian born player, Kazemi, is clearly their best shooter as he boasts a .542 shooting percentage.
SMU (6-10) should record their seventh win of the season tonight, but as we all know, anything can happen come game time. It was also announced earlier today that Forward Mouhammad Faye will not be playing tonight for undisclosed reasons. The absence of Faye shouldn't be a major factor for the Mustangs. As long as they can get off on the right foot and hit their shots, they should be able to seal their first conference win of the season.