Houston at Southern Methodist
When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 24, 2015
Where: Moody Coliseum, Abilene, Texas
SMU has won two games in the last week since the cloud of potential NCAA violations arrived and the Mustangs look to extend their win streak to six when struggling Houston visits Saturday. SMU received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA last week that reportedly claims academic improprieties and starting guard Keith Frazier was deemed ineligible, pending an appeal. Houston shouldn’t pose a major threat, though, after losing seven straight since American Athletic Conference play began.
Nic Moore, Yanick Moreira and Markus Kennedy are ahead of Frazier on the scoring list for SMU, which leads the AAC in field goal percentage (48.7) and field goal percentage defense (37.9). The Mustangs were upset by Houston in the AAC Tournament last March after beating the Cougars twice during the regular season. Houston’s leading scorer Jherrod Stiggers made 9-of-18 from 3-point range and averaged 17.5 points in the last two games against SMU in 2013-14.TV:
6 p.m. ET, CBS Sports NetworkABOUT HOUSTON (7-11, 0-7 AAC):
Stiggers averages 14.8 points but will have to snap out of a shooting slump to give the Cougars a chance. The 6-5 junior guard is 5-of-36 from the field over the last three games – 1-of-20 from behind the arc – while scoring a total 14 points and 6-10 Danrad Knowles has averaged 20.7 in that same span to raise his mark to 11.2. Devonta Pollard scores 11.1 per game and L.J. Rose averages 9.9 points and 5.2 assists for the Cougars, who shoot 38.9 percent from the field overall.ABOUT SMU (15-4, 6-1):
The Mustangs have plenty of depth and experience to keep winning, with eight active players averaging at least 15 minutes of playing time. Moore leads the way at 14.5 points per game while Moreira (11.8) and Kennedy (10.7) give SMU a strong 1-2 punch inside as both shoot better than 60 percent from the field. Senior Ryan Manuel has made 20-of-31 shots from the field in AAC play and fellow guard Sterling Brown is 6-of-10 in the last two games with Frazier out.TIP-INS
1. The Mustangs have won five in a row in league play for the first time since 2010-11 in Conference USA.
2. Houston leads the league in offensive rebounds per game (14) and is last in defensive rebounding (22.8).
3. Moore tops the AAC in free-throw shooting percentage (89.8) and from behind the 3-point arc (43.5).PREDICTION:
SMU 78, Houston 62
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