SMU basketball suffered a huge loss today when it was announced that guard Keith Frazier will miss the rest of the season due to being ruled academically ineligible. Frazier is third on the Mustangs in scoring at 10.5 points per game, and his 4.0 rebounds per game were the fourth most on the squad. Despite limping to a 2-3 start this year, Larry Brown’s Mustangs are 13-4 this season with a 4-1 mark in the American.

From ESPN:

SMU sophomore guard Keith Frazier has been deemed ineligible because of academics and will miss the remainder of the season barring a last-ditch appeal, a source close to the situation told ESPN.

 

Frazier, a heralded recruit coming out of high school, was averaging 10.5 points and four rebounds per game this season for the Mustangs.

 

The school has already come up short on one appeal to save Frazier’s season, a source told ESPN. It has filed one more, but it is not optimistic about Frazier being able to play the remainder of the year.

 

SMU began the season 2-3, but Larry Brown’s team has won 11 of its last 12 and put itself in position — with a strong showing in the American Athletic Conference — to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament.

 

However, the loss of Frazier — the team’s top wing scorer — is a significant blow to the Mustangs’ chances.