Bubble Watch: SMU Mustangs Deserve 2014 NCAA Tournament Berth

By Taylor Sturm
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The SMU Mustangs are a team that is considered to be in the 2014 NCAA tournament at the moment, but with an extremely difficult schedule to finish out the season in the AAC, they have to win against weaker conference teams. The Mustangs got it done against the Houston Cougars and took one step towards sealing their place in the Big Dance.

Nic Moore was the only player for SMU that scored in double-digits with 16, compared to 15-point performances from the Cougars’ Danuel House and TaShawn Thomas and a 16-point performance from Jherrod Stingers. However, the Mustangs got a combined 31 points from their bench en route to a 68-64 win over Houston.

When you look at the Mustangs’ resume, their biggest wins are in the conference. The best non-conference teams that they have played, the Virginia Cavaliers and Arkansas Razorbacks, were both losses, which will hinder their tournament chances. However, marquee wins over the Connecticut Huskies, Memphis Tigers and Cincinnati Bearcats are nothing to scoff at and will definitely improve their chances on Selection Sunday.

At 21-6, SMU deserves to make the 2014 NCAA tournament. They still face Connecticut, the Louisville Cardinals and Memphis to finish out the season, and should only need to win one of these games along with a home game against the UCF Knights to make it to the Big Dance. The Mustangs are a good team that could pull off a few upsets in the tournament, and it wouldn’t be March Madness without teams like them.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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