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New Orleans at Southern Methodist
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Where: Moody Coliseum, Dallas, Texas

After a single-digit win in its opener, Southern Methodist on Tuesday will host New Orleans, the favorite in the Southland Conference. The story of the opener for the Mustangs will dictate the team’s success this season as they were without guards Kendric Davis and Darius McNeill, whose transfer waivers still have not been ruled upon by the NCAA.

McNeill transferred from California to be closer to his ailing mother while Davis (TCU) has an unknown case. Their absences leave a hole in the backcourt that was filled by Tyson Jolly, a junior college transfer formerly of Baylor, who scored 21 points while snatching eight rebounds and dishing out three assists against Jacksonville State in his return to Division I ball. “He's a lot of things. He's very very versatile. He's very athletic,” head coach Tim Jankovich told 24/7 sports of his team’s leading scorer. The Mustangs will look for a more comfortable win against a Privateers team that enjoyed a blowout win over a Division II opponent before being blown out themselves by Butler.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3

ABOUT NEW ORLEANS (1-1): After using a nine-man rotation against D-II Spring Hill, the Privateers resorted to using five veteran players at least 27 minutes apiece against Butler. Senior guard Bryson Robinson has reached double figures in both games as well as junior backcourt mate Damion Rosser. After seeing just one minute against Spring Hill, Jaylen Key, a graduate-transfer from Northern Illinois, saw 28 minutes in the more meaningful contest against Butler.

ABOUT SOUTHERN METHODIST (1-0): In addition to Jolly, sophomores CJ White and Emmanuel Bandoumel also saw time running the point. Bandoumel, who shot 39 percent from three in junior college last year, failed to connect on all four of his attempts from behind the arc, contributing to a 23.8 percent shooting effort as a team. Forwards Ethan Chargois and Isiaha Mike are the only two returnees that averaged at least 10.0 points in 2018-2019 and both reached double digits against the Gamecocks.

TIP-INS

1. SMU has no seniors on its roster.

2. The Mustangs turned the ball over 13 times against Jacksonville State, on par with the 12.5 a game they averaged in 2018-2019.

3. New Orleans went 11-1 when four or more players reached double figures in 2018-2019.

PREDICTION: SMU 78, New Orleans 62
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
New Orleans 1-1 L1 1-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 0-0
Southern Methodist 1-0 W1 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0
Last Meeting
New Orleans Southern Methodist
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/13/17 UNO 66 SMU 79 66 24 47.2 79 29 53.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New Orleans B. Robinson 16 71.4 3
Southern Methodist J. Whitt Jr. 19 72.7 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New Orleans M. Puou 8 2 6
Southern Methodist E. Chargois 8 2 6
Assists Player  
New Orleans B. Robinson 5
Southern Methodist J. Whitt Jr. 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New Orleans B. Robinson 32 47.8 6
Southern Methodist T. Jolly 21 70.0 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New Orleans G. Gates 14 2 12
Southern Methodist F. Hunt 9 6 3
Assists Player  
New Orleans L. Berzat 11
Southern Methodist I. Mike 4
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar New Orleans Off vs  red bar Southern Methodist Defense
blue bar 53.0 Points For
red bar 65.0 Points Against
blue bar 42.9 FG%
red bar 41.1 FG%
blue bar 21.0 Reb
red bar 37.0 Reb
red bar Southern Methodist Off vs  blue bar New Orleans Defense
red bar 74.0 Points For
blue bar 79.0 Points Against
red bar 43.3 FG%
blue bar 48.3 FG%
red bar 37.0 Reb
blue bar 38.0 Reb