Beating Memphis will be tall order
Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 23:02
After a heartbreaking overtime loss to Houston on Saturday, the Mustangs are gearing up for a big C-USA matchup against Memphis, currently the top team in C-USA with a 18-3 record overall and a 7-0 record in C-USA play.
The Mustangs have won two straight home games against Memphis.
The Tigers are lead by Joe Jackson, who averages over 14 points per game and over four assists per game. The Tigers leading rebounder, D.J. Stephens will not be a threat to score against the Mustangs, averaging 6.7 points per game, but the Mustangs will have to play physical to get Stephens off his game.
SMU will need a big game from Cannen Cunningham down low, who was relatively quiet against Houston even with Nick Russell and Jalen Jones playing extremely well on the outside.
Jones is averaging 16.9 points per game in C-USA play this season, good for second in the conference in points per game in conference play. Jones not only leads SMU in points per game, but also in rebounding, averaging eights rebounds per game.
SMU faces Rice on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. on the road before getting a week off and facing Tulane in an FSN-televised matchup in New Orleans on Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m.