SMU (15-4, 5-1) hosts Connecticut (7-10, 2-3) on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Mustangs have won 11
of their last 12 games after an 80-64 win at Tulane on Sunday. SMU is 11-0 at home this season and has won 15 straight at Moody Coliseum, which is tied for 10th nationally in active home winning streaks.
The Mustangs have held the last 12 opponents to 66 points or less and have a season scoring defense of 59.7 (2nd AAC, 6th NCAA). SMU is also among the national leaders with a rebound margin of +12.2 (1st AAC, 2nd NCAA), a field goal defense .393 (5th AAC, 25th NCAA) and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.3 (3rd AAC, 36th NCAA).
Five Mustangs average double digits with Semi Ojeleye leading the team (17.7, 3rd AAC) followed by Shake Milton(11.9, 20th AAC), Ben Moore (11.8, 22nd AAC), Sterling Brown (11.6, 23rd AAC) and Jarrey Foster (10.1). SMU has had at least four score 10+ in 15 of 19 games. The Mustangs have outrebounded 17 of 19 opponents and have been at least +10 in 12 games (including 5 of 6 AAC games). Five average 4.2 or more rebounds with Moore (7.6, 6th AAC), Ojeleye (7.2, 9th AAC) and Brown (6.7, 14th AAC) leading SMU.
The Mustangs are shooting 46.2 percent from the field (4th AAC) and 39.8 percent from three (2nd AAC, 21st NCAA). SMU has three of the top 15 in the conference in each category. Moore is shooting 57.7% (4th AAC), with Foster at 52.7% (7th AAC) and Ojeleye at 48.0% (15th AAC). Brown is leading The American in 3-point percentage at 47.6 (led AAC in 2015-16 at 53.6%) followed by Ojeleye in third at 43.2% and Milton in 12th at 37.5%. Milton also leads SMU in assists (4.2, T-5th AAC) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4, 4th AAC). Brown also ranks among the AAC leaders in assists (3.1, 15th AAC) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6, 9th AAC). Brown and Milton are in the top 10 in the league in steals with 1.4 (7th) and 1.3 (8th), respectively.
The Mustangs have won 11 of their last 12. SMU had a 10-game winning streak snapped at [22/22] Cincinnati on Jan. 12 (L, 66-64). The winning streak was on the heels of a 4-3 start for the Mustangs. SMU has held its last 12 opponents to 66 points or less (56.5 per game).
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