Ranking SMU amongst C-USA: Part II

The first edition of this feature came out after SMU's first Conference USA game – a loss against UTEP. Since that loss, SMU has begun to climb the ranks in the C-USA, including a five game win streak in January that placed them in the middle of the conference standings. Although SMU still has room to improve, no one can take away their great play as of late. Come inside for more!

The first edition of this feature came out after SMU's first Conference USA game – a loss against UTEP. Since that loss, SMU has begun to climb the ranks in the C-USA, including a five game win streak in January that placed them in the middle of the conference standings. Although SMU still has room to improve, no one can take away their great play as of late, especially their huge win over the powerhouse in Conference USA play, Memphis.

How much has SMU improved since the first feature of "Ranking SMU amongst C-USA"? Take a look at the new and improved statistics among C-USA teams.

Points per Game:
1. Marshall - 80.9
2. Houston – 70.9
3. UTEP – 77.3
4. Memphis – 75.9
5. Tulsa – 73.4
7. SMU -66.9

Rebounds per Game:
1. Marshall – 38.9
2. Tulsa – 38.9
3. Southern Miss – 37.8
4. UTEP – 36.7
5. UAB – 36.7
8. SMU – 34.0

Assists per Game:
1. Marshall – 17.1
2. UTEP – 15.5
3. UCF – 14.1
4. Memphis – 13.8
5. Tulsa – 12.5
12. SMU – 10.3


Out of these three areas, SMU has improved in two of the three. Since the first part of this feature was released on January 12, SMU has moved up from ninth to seventh in points per game, and moving from tenth to eighth in rebounds per game. The only area they haven't improved upon is assists per game – remaining in twelfth place.


Steals per game:
1. Houston – 10.2
11. SMU – 5.4

Blocks per game:
1. Marshall – 8.0
11. SMU – 2.8

Free Throw %:
1. Southern Miss - .723
6. SMU - .702

Within these three categories, SMU has moved up in two of the areas. They have moved up from twelfth to eleventh in blocks per game, and made their biggest move from eleventh to sixth in free throw percentage. The lone category that they dropped in was steals per game, moving from tenth to eleventh since January 12.

SMU does rank in the top five in one area: shooting percentage. The Mustangs are shooting .460% from the field, ranking them fourth in the C-USA. This improvement can be credited to the teams smart decision-making on the court, and taking the best shot available.

SMU, coming off a 66-60 loss to Houston, will have a chance to move back up in the C-USA with a win over the Rice Owls, who are 1-9 in conference play.


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