Sports: Basketball’s back!

Papa DiaMaybe this year?: Head Coach Matt Doherty’s men’s basketball team returns to make another stab at the March Madness brackets this year with a home opener against the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12. Doherty’s team is hoping to make a comeback from a disappointing 14-17 campaign last year (7-9 C-USA) where they failed to make it into the 64-bracket tournament. SMU has six seniors this year with Ryan Harp, Tomasz Kwiatkowski, Myles Luttman, Collin Mangrum, Mike Walker and pre-season All C-USA conference selection forward Papa Dia (pictured) leading the charge. Contact 214-SMU-GAME for more information on tickets.

Seasons of glory: SMU’s women’s basketball team also gets things rolling this weekend as they look to achieve a fourth consecutive year of 20+ wins. (The Lady ‘Stangs went 20-11 last year.) Head Coach Rhonda Rompola‘s team looks to build on their successful run last year, where they entered the C-USA Tournament as a No. 3 seed, finished 10-6 in the conference and earned a bid in the WNIT tournament for the second consecutive season. Forward Delisha Willis returns to the court after missing last year with injuries. Sophomore Alisha Filmore was named as SMU’s starting PG after last season’s starter Brittany Gilliam graduated. SMU hosts Utah at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 at Moody Coliseum. For tickets, call 214-SMU-GAME.

Matt CeravoloSignings, signings everywhere: The men’s golf team was busy with signings this week for the upcoming seasons. Florida brothers Alec and Matthew Ceravolo and Texas native Sam Fidone were inked for the men’s team on Friday, Nov. 12. Matthew (pictured) has a 2008 Florida State Player of the Year trophy, a 2009 South Florida Player of the Year trophy, and is an AJGA All American. Alec was previously ranked in the top 10 of Florida players, has three top-20 AJGA finishes, and was named first team All-South Florida. Fidone, ranked No. 13 in Texas by Junior Golf Scoreboard, and was the 2010 Texas Junior Golf Tour Player Of The Year. All three have signed National Letters of Intent to play for SMU in 2011-12 under head coach Jay Loar.

No football this week as SMU takes a bye to prepare for their last home game against Marshall. They need to win one more to secure a bowl game for the BCS championship series.

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