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SMU takes on Clemson in NIT semifinal tonight at 6 p.m. CT in Madison Square Garden

The SMU Mustangs in Madison Square Garden, 2014

The SMU Mustangs and Head Coach Larry Brown practiced in Madison Square Garden for the 2014 NIT semifinal game against the Clemson Tigers. The Final Four matchup begins at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 1 on ESPN2 and will be broadcast on radio by KAAM 770 AM.

No. 1-seeded SMU (26-9) will face third-seeded Clemson (23-12) in the 2014 National Invitation Tournament Semifinals Tuesday, April 1 in Madison Square Garden, New York. The game begins at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and will be broadcast by KAAM 770 AM Radio in Dallas.

The Mustangs advanced to the NIT Final Four with a 67-65 win against California after Nic Moore hit a game-winning three-pointer with 6.5 seconds left. They also knocked off LSU (80-67 March 24) and UC Irvine (68-54 March 19) en route to the semifinals. This is the team’s second trip to MSG; last playing in the world-famous venue against St. John’s on Dec. 7, 1950 (L, 76-72).

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SMU has 26 wins on the 2013-14 season – the second-most in program history, and the most since recording 28 wins in the 1987-88 season. The Mustangs went 18-1 at home this season, setting a record for home victories, including 12-1 inside Moody Coliseum. SMU also broke its season attendance record, setting the new mark at 107,412 (was 101,296 in 1984-85). The Mustangs sold out nine of 13 games in Moody Coliseum this season, a building record.

The Mustangs are 7th in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st in the American), holding opponents to 38.2%. The Mustang defense is allowing just 62.3 points per game, 24th in the NCAA (3rd American). SMU has held 29 of its last 44 (23 of 35 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU has outrebounded 24 of 35 opponents this season.

> Find photos and tweets from Madison Square Garden at SMU News

On offense, SMU is leading the conference in field-goal percentage, shooting 48.4% (18th NCAA). The Mustangs are also shooting 38.2% from beyond the arc, good for second in the conference. SMU is third in the league in assists per game at 15.3 (32nd NCAA), and is averaging 71.4 points per game. Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored 29 of 35 opponents in the paint by an average of 33.7-21.8.

Tonight’s NIT semifinal is the second meeting between the Mustangs and the Tigers. Clemson won the only previous matchup 67-51 on Dec. 18, 1970, in the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee.

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April 1, 2014|News, Sports, Tune In|

SMU Basketball makes Elite Eight in 2014 NIT; plays Cal at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26

Shawn Williams #2, SMU Basketball

Shawn Williams will play in his 34th game of the 2013-14 season tonight in the SMU-Cal quarterfinal at Moody Coliseum. Williams graduated in May 2013 with a degree in sociology and currently is taking graduate courses at SMU.

The No. 1-seeded SMU Mustangs (25-9) will play the No. 2 seed California Golden Bears (21-13) for the chance to advance to the Final Four and Madison Square Garden in the 2014 National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Mustangs take the home court advantage at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday, March 26 in Moody Coliseum. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

The quarterfinal matchup will see the SMU men’s team break its overall attendance record for a season – 101,296 during the 1984-85 season. SMU enters the contest at 100,374 fans for the 18 home games in the 2013-14 campaign. SMU is 2-2 all-time in the NIT, including this year’s victories over UC Irvine (68-54 March 19) and LSU (80-67 March 24).

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SMU’s 25 wins on the season ties for third most in program history, and the most since the Mustangs recorded 28 wins in 1987-88. The Mustangs are 17-1 at home this season, including 11-1 in the renovated Moody Coliseum since Jan. 4 – the most home victories in program history.

In addition, the team finished with 12 conference wins for the first time since its 12 Southwest Conference wins in the 1992-93 season. The Mustangs’ third-place conference finish was the program’s best record since finishing third in the WAC in 2002-03.

On Thursday, March 20, Head Coach Larry Brown was selected one of five finalists for the 2014 Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year, presented by the Atlanta Sports Council. Brown has also been named one of 10 finalists for the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year award and one of three finalists for the Jewish Coaches Association National Coach of the Year award. In his second season on the Hilltop, Brown and the Mustangs have posted the top NCAA RPI turnaround (among teams in the top 100) from 2012-13 to 2013-14, improving their mark 160 spots from 213 a year ago to 53 as of Monday, March 17.

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March 26, 2014|News, Sports, Tune In|

Tune In: How J. Erik Jonsson transformed Dallas

Hundreds of Dallas’ leading public servants, including Mayor Mike Rawlings and DISD Superintendent Mike Miles, joined emerging leaders at SMU on Thursday, Feb. 6 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Mayor J. Erik Jonsson’s citizen-led “Goals for Dallas.”

Jonsson, a founder of Texas Instruments, became mayor of Dallas in 1964, shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Already a strong advocate for education, he worked to improve morale and the image of the city throughout his term.

Jonsson’s “Goals for Dallas” initiative spurred the construction of DFW Airport, the Dallas Convention Center, the New Museum of Fine Arts and Dallas City Hall. The program helped establish public school kindergartens, citywide family planning, the University of Texas at Dallas, several branch libraries and neighborhood parks.

The sold-out event, “Goals for Dallas: The Impact of Ethical Leadership,” was sponsored by SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and was held in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom of SMU’s Umphrey Lee Center.

Maguire Ethics Center Director Rita Kirk spoke with KTXD’s “The Texas Daily” about “Goals for Dallas” on its 50th anniversary. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or open this link to see the KTXD Goals for Dallas segment in a new windowvideo

> Read more about SMU’s “Goals for Dallas: The Impact of Ethical Leadership” from SMU News

February 13, 2014|Faculty in the News, News, Tune In|

Tune In: Dean Marc Christensen on KERA’s ‘Think’ Jan. 29, 2014

Marc Christensen, dean of Lyle School of Engineering at SMUMarc Christensen, dean of SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, will be part of a distinguished panel discussing the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education on KERA 90.1 FM Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Christensen will join Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Cameron Evans and Kristin Larimore, strategic engagement leader with GE Capital Equipment Finance, on “Think with Krys Boyd” during the noon-1 p.m. hour.

Christensen is a DARPA Young Faculty Award winner and has been recognized at SMU with the Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship and the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award.

Listen live at kera.org/listen

January 29, 2014|Faculty in the News, For the Record, News, Tune In|
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