They are thick, strong and athletic and like to play a physical game. SMU plays in your face defense and leans on its opponents.
If there is one weakness of UConn, it's thickness and strength and the Huskies are ill-equipped to get in physical slow down game.
That's SMU's way of playing and for the second time this year the Mustangs put the Huskies in the grinder.
SMU held UConn to 30 percent shooting to escape from Gampel Pavilion with a well-earned 64-55 win.
Nic Moore and Nick Russell scored 15 points to lead SMU (22-6, 11-4) while Markus Kennedy had 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Huskies never got anything going, scoring 55 points and committed 16 turnovers with only seven assists.
The Huskies struggled with the size and length of SMU, as it was beat 24-14 in the paint and shot 6 of 21 from 3-point range. Shabazz Napier couldn't get anything going and was 5 of 16 shooting with two assists and five turnovers and had 15 points. Ryan Boatright was 3 of 12 shooting and had 15 points while DeAndre Daniels was 2 pf 10 and had six points. The only layer for UConn with any efficiency was Niels Giffey, who had 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting.
The Huskies fall to 21-6, 9-5 in the AAC and are swept at the hands of SMU in their two meetings this season.