SMU Mustangs Basketball Schedule
There has been excitement in the air since Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown signed
on to become the new SMU basketball coach prior to the 2012-2013 season. However no one could have realistically predicted
the enormous impact Brown would have on the program before the end of his second year in charge. The Mustangs have broken
the Top 25 and the question is no longer if they will make the NCAA Tournament but how high of a seeding they will receive.
Wins against UCONN, Louisville, and Cincinnati have proven that the SMU Mustangs can play with, and beat, any team in the
country. As the season has worn on, excitement in and around Dallas has built exponentially and there has never been a better
time than now to be an SMU Mustangs basketball fan.
There are still opportunities to see the Mustangs play at home before
they begin tournament play. A huge match up against bitter in state rivals the Houston Cougars takes place at Moody Coliseum
on February 19th. Whenever these two teams collide the game is always memorable and intense so be sure to catch this game
in person if you can make it. The regular season comes to a close at Moody Coliseum on March 5th with a game against defending
national champions the Louisville Cardinals. This match up pits two Hall of Fame coaches against one another with NCAA Tournament
implications on the line. No college basketball fan in their right mind would want to miss out on this one!
Mustangs Basketball Conference
The SMU Mustangs are members of the American Athletic Conference which, like many other
college athletic conferences, has gone under a lot of changes in recent years. However, the American Conference has only benefited
from the realignment with the addition of former Big East powerhouses like the University of Connecticut, Louisville, Temple,
and Rutgers. In addition to those schools, there are seven other members of the conference: Central Florida, Houston, Memphis,
South Florida, Cincinnati, and Southern Methodist. Currently four of the colleges playing in the American Athletic Conference
have won a National Championship: Louisville, Connecticut, Temple, and Cincinnati. Both Louisville and Connecticut have each
won three championships while Cincinnati has won two. The new American Athletic Conference is shaping up to be one of the
most competitive in all of college basketball and any team making it through the tough regular season schedule with a record
good enough to be selected for the NCAA Tournament should be able to make some serious noise in March.
The Mustangs have a historic rivalry with the Houston Cougars. This rivalry dates back to the
days when both schools participated in Conference USA, and the fact that the two in state rivals moved together to join the
American Athletic Conference has assured fans of both schools that they will continue playing one another annually. Teams
like Memphis and Cincinnati are also programs who are carrying over their rivalry with SMU from Conference USA to the AAC.
AS play continues in the American Athletic Conference surely new rivalries will develop as teams suffer bitter losses against
one another and become more and more determined to avenge old losses.
is one of the most exciting sports there is, and watching it at home does not even come close to matching up to the thrill
of being in the arena for a game. The game boasts some of the best student-athletes in the world along with some of the most
passionate fans in all of sports, and the biggest contests have an atmosphere that is unrivaled. When you set foot in Moody
Coliseum for a Southern Methodist University Mustangs home basketball game this will all be clear. As the teams set up for
opening tip off the fans stand up and vociferously cheer for their alma mater and hometown favorites. The game continues full
of back and forth action, big time shots, and clutch defensive stops. Before you know it 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 flow out of the arena
SMU Mustangs Basketball Trivia
To date the Mustangs have been invited to the NCAA Tournament
ten times, with the most recent time being in 1993. That twenty one year old drought will more than likely come to an end
this season after Larry Brown has led them to impressive wins over national powerhouses and an appearance in the Top 25 late
in the season.