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.
Greg Douglas is a NCAA Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.