The XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, hosted a heavyweight title fight between the SMU Mustangs and the Connecticut Huskies on Sunday, March 15. Jumping in front of UConn early, SMU dominated the defending NCAA champions 62-54 to win the American Athletic Conference tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Seeded sixth, the Mustangs (27-6) face UCLA (20-13) on Thursday, March 19 in Louisville in their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993. A year ago, SMU was left out of the field after losing to Houston in the AAC quarterfinals.
In his third season with SMU, Head Coach Larry Brown will make his first appearance in the NCAA tournament since he coached Kansas to a national title in 1988. As the only coach to win an NCAA trophy and an NBA title, Brown previously took UCLA to the NCAA tournament twice and Kansas five times before heading to the NBA and later SMU.
Tip-off time is set for 2:10 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised on truTV. With a victory on Thursday, SMU will face the winner of the No. 3/14 match-up between Iowa State and UAB on Saturday.
> For complete NCAA Tournament coverage, visit the Mustangs NCAA Tournament Central 2015 webpage
> For merchandise celebrating the 2015 American Conference Championship, visit the Mustang Locker Room webpage