Finishing the Right Way: Mustangs to Battle for NIT Championship

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The Mustangs defeated Clemson 65-59 in Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday to earn a spot in the National Invitation Tournament championship game.

SMU will take on Minnesota on Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Central. Tickets for Thursday night’s championship game are available at smumustangs.com/tickets.

Two ways to watch in Dallas: Fans are invited to join SMU Athletics at Dave & Busters at Walnut Hill & 75 on Thursday evening to cheer on the Mustangs while enjoying food and drink specials.

Also on Thursday, SMU will host the College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships at Moody Coliseum, and the men’s game will be shown on the videoboard. Fans choosing to watch the game must have a ticket to the event that begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase here. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and concession stands will be open.  Should the NIT Championship game still be in play after 8:12 p.m., the College Slam Dunk event will begin on the court and be shown on a split-screen.

Parents also are invited to join alumni at watch parties around the country:

  • Austin: Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, 509-A Rio Grande St., at 6 p.m. Central time. RSVP to austin@smualumni.smu.edu
  • Chicago: Benchmark, 1510 N. Wells St., at 6 p.m. Central time. RSVP to chicago@smualumni.smu.edu
  • Orlando area: The Ale House, 1251 Lee Road, in Winter Park, at 7 p.m. Eastern time. RSVP to orlando@smualumni.smu.edu
  • San Francisco: Taps Social House and Kitchen, 1516 Broadway, at 4 p.m. Pacific time. RSVP to sanfrancisco@smualumni.smu.edu
  • Tampa: Beef O’Brady’s, 2819 S. Macdill Ave., at 7 p.m. Eastern time. RSVP to tampa@smualumni.smu.edu
  • Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute for Science, 1530 P Street NW, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. This event will be held in conjunction with “SMU Brings the Hilltop to D.C.,” with a reception and remarks featuring Alan C. Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Registration is $15 per person and includes food and beverages. RSVP online.

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