SMU (1-0) at TCU (2-0)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, November 15, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,166) -- Fort Worth, Texas.
Television: None. Home Record: SMU 1-0, TCU 2-0. Away Record: SMU 0-0, TCU
0-0. Neutral Record: TCU 0-0, SMU 0-0. Conference Record: SMU 0-0, TCU 0-0.
Series Record: SMU leads, 102-85.
GAME NOTES: Crosstown rivals square off at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort
Worth, Texas on Thursday night, as the SMU Mustangs tangle with the TCU Horned
Hoping to improve upon its 13-18 record from a year ago, SMU made a huge
splash in the offseason by bringing in Larry Brown as its new head coach. The
Hall-of-Famer, who hadn't coached in the college ranks since winning a
national title with Kansas back in 1988, won his debut for the Mustangs on
Sunday, defeating Loyola Marymount in a 73-58 final. The Ponies have now won
14 of their last 17 home openers.
TCU has started its 2012-13 campaign off on the right foot with a pair of home
wins against Cal Poly (53-46) and Centenary College (75-47). First-year head
coach Trent Johnson may not be the household name Brown is, but his start has
been just as impressive. He is the first Horned Frogs head coach to win his
first two games since Billy Tubbs accomplished the feat in 1994. The Frogs are
in the midst of a five-game homestand to begin the year.
These two teams have nearly 100 years of history together as conference foes
in both the Southwest Conference and the Western Athletic Conference. In 187
meetings, TCU owns a 102-85 advantage.
SMU jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead over Loyola Marymount in the
opener and never looked back. And although it shot just 39.3 percent from the
floor, it attempted 10 more field goals than its opponent and drained 25-of-30
shots from the charity stripe. It also took advantage of 14 offensive
rebounds, turning them into 12 second-chance points. For the first time since
November of 2010, the Mustangs had five players score in double figures, led
by Nick Russell with 19 points. Ryan Manuel was dreadful from the field (1-
of-9), but thanks to a solid night at the stripe (12-of-15), he finished with
14 points, and he also dished out a team-high four assists. Jalen Jones
tallied a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. As the leading scorer
returning from last year's squad (8.0 ppg), Jones will be looked to as one of
the go-to guys this winter. Shawn Williams (12 points, seven rebounds) and
Cannen Cunningham (10 points) rounded out a successful night for the starting
After struggling to put up points in its opener, TCU enjoyed 56.4 percent
field goal shooting on Monday night while holding Centenary to just as many
field goals as turnovers (17). Adrick McKinney played just 14 minutes in the
contest but made the most of it with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Connell
Crossland did not start the game but he nonetheless tallied a double-double
with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kyan Anderson scored 10 points and dished out
for assists, and through two games he is the Horned Frogs leading scorer with
11.5 ppg. Jarvis Ray rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points.
Armic Fields scored 9.6 ppg last season as the Mountain West Conference's
Sixth Man of the Year, but he is now firmly entrenched in the starting lineup
and has put up 22 points on 64.3 percent shooting in the first two contests.
It's still way too early to judge, but it at least seems that SMU is heading
in the right direction with Brown at the helm. The Mustangs will have their
hands full on the road in this one however, as TCU has the more established
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: TCU 68, SMU 65
11/15 10:34:33 ET
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