SMU Mustangs Basketball Schedule
The SMU Mustangs are once again on the precipice of a thrilling college basketball
season and this could well be a banner year for the program. This could be the year that SMU makes their way back to the NCAA
Tournament and they will surely be in hot contention for the top of the American Athletic Conference standings. In recent
years the development of SMU basketball has been evident with consistently remarkable recruiting classes and upper classmen
who have really begun to gel together as a team. The American Athletic Conference is full of top tier match ups and you can
expect the SMU Mustangs to really be mixing things up once the conference schedule gets underway. SMU finished their first
season in the American Athletic Conference with a 12-6 conference record and were left out of the NCAA Tournament in a decision
that was widely criticized. This year's Mustangs squad will surely enter the season with a chip on their shoulder and will
be doing everything they can to assure themselves of a Tournament berth this season.
The SMU Mustangs will have their
hands full this year as they go up against all of the toughest teams in the American Athletic Conference including defending
National Champions the UCONN Huskies, the Cincinnati Bearcats, the Memphis Tigers, the UCF Knights, and more. Of course, the
Mustangs will once again go up against their biggest rivals in the Houston Cougars in a game that no college hoops fan will
want to miss. It is never easy to make it through the American Athletic Conference regular season unscathed but the Mustangs
have the talent and motivation to do exactly that. They will need all of the help they can get from their most loyal fans
for their home games at Moody Coliseum in order to come up with some big wins that will pad their resume for Selection Sunday.
Tickets for SMU games in Dallas always sell quickly so be sure to get your tickets to support the Mustangs from StubHub as
soon as possible so you can show SMU your support.
SMU Mustangs Basketball History
The SMU Mustangs have
participated in the NCAA Tournament ten times, most recently in 1993. They have made the Sweet Sixteen six times, the Elite
Eight twice, and the Final Four once, in 1956. The American Athletic Conference is full of great match ups year after year
and you can expect some big time college hoops games to be held at Moody Coliseum once again this season.Whether the Mustangs
are taking on conference rivals like Houston and Memphis, or facing off against out of conference foes you are guaranteed
some top notch hoops action whenever SMU takes the court. This could be the season the SMU Mustangs finally break through
to leave an eternal mark on NCAA basketball history by making an unbelievable deep run in the NCAA Tournament!
Mustangs Basketball Conference
The SMU Mustangs play in the newly formed American Athletic Conference which is also
now the home of a few former Big East schools including the University of Connecticut and South Florida. The Big East has
been in a tumultuous state for many years, with clashes between programs that had football programs and those that did not.
The newly formed American Athletic Conference boasts schools from Texas to Florida and all the way to Connecticut. The dynamic
conference has proven to be one of the best in men's college basketball since forming last year, with teams like Cincinnati
and UCONN as perennial contenders. Cincinnati is the defending American Athletic Conference regular season champion, but the
UCONN Huskies won the National Championship in 2014, bringing a National Championship to the conference during its first year
of existence. Although it is only one year old there have already been changes in the American Athletic Conference, with the
departure of Louisville and Rutgers and the addition of Tulsa and Tulane. With the American Athletic Conference shakeup, things
may look a little different on the college basketball landscape, but no matter which conference they are in, the Temple Owls
are a team with a storied legacy that continues to find success. Expect big things to happen in the American Athletic Conference
in the years to come as new rivalries are established and it continues to prove itself as one of the premiere college hoops
conferences in the country.
Attending a top college basketball game is one of the best
experiences to be found in sports. Many of the top student athletes in the world take the court in college basketball, when
this is combined with some of the most passionate fans in all of sports there is an atmosphere in the arena that cannot be
found anywhere else. When you set foot in Moody Coliseum for a SMU Mustangs home basketball game this will all be clear. As
the teams set up for opening jump ball the fans get on their feet and loudly cheer for their alma mater and hometown favorites.
The game continues full of end to end action, big time shots, and clutch defensive stops. All of a sudden the clock is winding
down in the second half and the two sides are wrapped up in yet another tight contest. Your palms get sweaty with each trip
down the floor and each time a player from your favorite team lets loose a shot you hold your breath until the ball tickles
the twine. This continues until the final buzzer when the Mustangs' side erupts after another big win and their fans exit
of the arena in jubilation. The moment you leave Moody Coliseum you will want to immediately start planning your next trip
to the venue to cheer on the Mustangs.
Five former SMU Mustangs have gone on to play in the NBA:
Jeryl Sasser, Jon Koncak, Quinton Ross, Jim Krebs, and Ira Terrell. Additionally, former player Oscar Furlong has been inducted
to the FIBA Hall of Fame, while current head coach Larry Brown was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and is
the only head coach to have won both an NCAA Championship and an NBA Championship.