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Southern Methodist Mustangs Trounce Memphis Tigers, Continue Miracle Season

Larry Brown

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The Southern Methodist Mustangs were once known for the school’s prowess on the gridiron, but have since fallen into obscurity in the sports realm. Now, one coach seeks to put the Mustangs back on the map in the sports world with a resurrection of greatness on the hardwood. Basketball legend and Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown seeks to earn a tournament bid in his second year at the school, but faces a tough task with the lack of name recognition the school currently possesses. Can Brown guide a talented SMU squad to the school’s first tournament appearance since 1993?

The Mustangs took a big step toward earning an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament with a win over the 22nd ranked Memphis Tigers. The Mustangs trounced the Tigers  87-72 in what was supposed to be a game that went down to the wire. While forward Markus Kennedy was having a career performance putting up 21 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the contest, guard Nic Moore recorded 14 points and 10 assists. Although the teams were tied at halftime, SMU came out on fire in the second half scoring 58 points.

SMU rebounded nicely from the team’s worse loss of the season, and now continue forward in search of an at-large bid. The Mustangs now sit at 17-5 overall and move to 6-3 in conference play, but a tough stretch of games loom for the Mustangs late in the season. SMU’s season will ultimately come down to the last week of the season when the Mustangs will face two top 25 opponents, but the future looks bright for SMU.

SMU has talent that would rival any top-notch school and have one of the best coaches in the history of the game which should solidify the team a tournament bid late in the season. The Mustangs are a legitimate tournament team and have a coach that could help them do some real damage in the big dance.

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NCAA Tournament Profile: SMU Mustangs

Record: 27-6

RPI: 13

BPI: 24

Conference: AAC Conference

How They Qualified: AAC Conference Tournament Champions

Region: No. 6 seed in South

Can you imagine how good the SMU Mustangs would have been with Emmanuel Mudiay on the team this year? Just in case you are out of the loop, Mudiay should go in the top five in the upcoming draft. Even without him, the Mustangs have put together a solid resume. Most importantly, and unlike last season, they are not being snubbed to the max when it comes to making the NCAA tournament.

The Mustangs haven’t had the toughest schedule, but they did challenge themselves some by playing the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Indiana Hoosiers, Arkansas Razorbacks and Michigan Wolverines in their out-of-conference schedule. It’s games like those that help prepare a team for the tourney.


What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Nic Moore (14.3 PPG)

Leading Rebounder: Yanick Moreira (6.4 RPG)

Leading Passer: Nic Moore (5.3 APG)

Bad Losses: None

Good Wins: Tulsa (twice), Temple (x3)


This team may be lacking in star power, but none of that matters in the tournament. Heck, the Duke Blue Devils had one of the biggest stars in college basketball last year (Jabari Parker), and they ended up going down to the Mercer Bears right away. I don’t remember Doug McDermott leading his team to a title last year either.

No offense to those players, but the NCAA tournament does not reward teams just because they are well-known and have — you guessed it — star power.

Larry Brown is the head coach, so I guess there is one star for ya. All that aside, Moore and the other three guys who are averaging 10+ points per game have to show up. Entering the season with a decent amount of hype, SMU isn’t necessarily a dark horse pick, but at the same time, not many people are expecting a Final Four run by Brown’s team.

Let’s remember that the Mustangs have only lost six games in 2014-15.

The SMU Mustangs are dancing!

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The SMU Mustangs may have been snubbed out of last year's dance, but no one should lose focus of them this time around.

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