SMU wants to get healthy.
The Mustangs come into Friday after dropping two games on a Western swing at USC and Boise State. Up next is a home game against a mid-major. The perfect medicine, right?
SMU plays host to Cal St. Bakersfield, which has seemingly kept up momentum after its NCAA appearance last season. At 5-3, the Roadrunners two non-Arizona losses (to Wright State and North Dakota) came by a combined 6 points.
Like last year they’re solid defensively, and held a potent North Florida offense to just 54 points on 18-for-50 shooting in a 23-point win. They’ve also got a star in Jaylin Airington, who left an impression on Sean Miller.
“Airington was spectacular, you know he had 31 [points] on 25 shots,” Miller said in his post-game press conference following a 78-66 Arizona win. “It’s hard to hard to get 25 shots up in a college game especially against a man-to-man team.”
The Mustangs aren’t necessarily ripe for an upset. With a big, athletic roster they’re a mismatch for most mid-majors. But the Roadrunners can junk up a game and that might be worth keeping an eye on, especially on a light night.
Duquesne vs. Pittsburgh, ACC Network, 7:00 p.m.
CS Bakersfield vs. SMU, ESPN College Extra, 8:00 p.m.
Colgate vs. The Citadel, 2:00 p.m.
SIU Edwardsville vs. Indiana, 7:00 p.m.
Lamar vs. San Francisco, 10:00 p.m.
Grambling vs. Kent State, 7:00 p.m.
Delaware State vs. Delaware, 7:00 p.m.