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Mustangs look to get back on track against Houston

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SMU Head Coach Larry Brown and his Mustangs look to remain unbeaten at home when they face Houston Wednesday.
Photo credit: Ryan Miller


SMU is coming off an ugly 71-64 loss to Temple on the road that knocked the Mustangs out of the Top 25 after just a week in
the rankings.

On the bright side, the team will look to rebound in front of a sold-out Moody Coliseum Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Houston, where the team is 7-0 so far this season.

The team struggled Sunday against Temple in the rebounding and free throw department, but Coach Larry Brown said after the game it wasn’t those two glaring problems that led to the team being upset.

“We got outcoached. Fran did a great job of creating matchup problems for us,” Brown said. “They controlled the tempo, they made all the effort plays. We didn’t have an offensive rebound in the first half, and we got four for the game. I think that was the most significant thing.”

After being outrebounded 38-25, including Temple grabbing 12 offensive boards, SMU will look to get back to the fundamentals that put them in the Top 25 to begin with against the rival Cougars.

SMU outrebounded the Cougars 33-29 in their 75-68 win in late January and outscored Houston 32-22 in the paint and had eight second-chance points.

SMU will have to take advantage of getting to the free throw line, something they didn’t do against the Owls, going 14 of 26 from the line.

The Mustangs were able to get the Cougars into some foul trouble in their earlier matchup as well, forcing two Cougars to foul out and SMU shot nearly 85 percent from the free throw line.

If SMU can follow a similar gameplan against the Cougars this time around and feed off of the Moody crowd, SMU will get back on track as they head into a tough stretch of games.

After Houston, three of SMU’s final four regular season opponents are currently ranked in the Top 25.

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