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SMU to face UCLA in NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2015

SMU Men's Basketball takes home the American Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles. #DeclareSMU

SMU Men’s Basketball takes home the American Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles. #DeclareSMU

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.

> Find ticket information at smumustangs.com/gameday

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

ESPN College GameDay makes first visit to SMU Feb. 14, 2015

12-cgd-logo_300ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm will make its first visit to SMU’s Moody Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 14, prior to SMU’s home game against defending national champion Connecticut at 8 p.m.

ESPN’s College Game Day is a Saturday morning and evening roadshow that discusses the top storylines of the college basketball season. GameDay’s first hour begins at 9 a.m. on ESPNU, continuing live at 10 a.m. on ESPN. Following the morning segment, an evening broadcast will lead into the primetime game at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

“This is a great honor for everyone involved with SMU basketball,” said SMU Head Coach Larry Brown. “Getting to host College GameDay says a lot about the passion Mustang fans bring to Moody Coliseum, and how they are helping our program rise in national prominence.”

SMU is currently 19-5 and in second place in the American Athletic Conference. Before their Valentine’s Day matchup against UConn, the Mustangs will take on the University of Houston on Thursday, Feb. 12.

Schedule of Events 

  • 8:15 a.m. – Moody Coliseum doors open
  • 9-11 a.m. – ESPN College GameDay at Moody Coliseum
  • 1 p.m. – SMU women’s basketball vs. Tulsa
  • 5 p.m. – Program Council’s Moody Madness featuring food, music and activities for students and families from Moody Coliseum
  • 7 p.m. – ESPN College GameDay pregame from Moody Coliseum
  • 8 p.m. – No. 23 SMU vs. Connecticut

For additional information, visit the SMU Mustangs Men’s Basketball webpage.

Tune In: SMU takes the ‘It’s On Us’ pledge

The SMU community shows its support for It’s On Us, a nationwide campaign to end sexual assault and violence, in the latest video from Myles Taylor of SMU News.

Learn more from President R. Gerald Turner, basketball coaches Larry Brown and Rhonda Rompola, Student Body President Ramon Trespalacios and many more students, faculty, staff members and administrators – click the YouTube screen, or open this link to watch the SMU It’s On Us video in a new windowvideo

Sports: Acker reaches milestone for SMU Volleyball

Avery AckerVolleyball: Junior setter Avery Acker recorded her 2,000th career assist, becoming just the sixth Mustang to do so, in a 3-0 win over USF on Sunday at Moody Coliseum. With the win, SMU improved to 12-2 overall and 1-1 in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs will face Cincinnati and Memphis this weekend, both on the road. SMU is 10-4 combined all-time against the two schools.

NCAA Football: TCU vs. SMUFootball: TCU defeated SMU 56-0 for their third straight victory in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. The 56-point defeat was the largest in the 94 meetings between the two schools. The Mustangs travel to Greenville, North Carolina, on Saturday, Sept. 4 hoping to pick up their first win of the 2014 season against the No. 22 East Carolina Pirates. Fans can catch the game on ESPNU at 11 a.m. CT. The last time SMU traveled to Greenville, they left with a thrilling overtime victory to seal a spot in the 2010 Conference USA title game.

Men’s Basketball: Head Coach Larry Brown will host walk-on tryouts for the 2014-15 team on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Crum Basketball Center at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball: The Mustangs will be featured in 14 televised games this upcoming season, including five on the ESPN family of networks. All nine conference home games will be televised, starting with the Jan. 3 contest against Houston, which will be carried on the American Digital Network.

Men’s Soccer: The SMU men’s soccer team blanked Northern Illinois 2-0 in a mid-week match on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Westcott Field. Freshman Abdul Yassine scored his first collegiate goal in the 69th minute. The Mustangs will head to Orlando, Florida, for a Saturday night clash with American Athletic Conference opponent, UCF. The series between SMU and UCF is even at 3-3-3, and they played to a 0-0 draw in their last meeting on Oct. 19, 2013.

Claire OatesWomen’s Soccer: BYU defeated the SMU women’s soccer team 3-0 on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Westcott Field. The Mustangs held with the Cougars for a majority of the game, but surrendered three goals in the final 30 minutes. Freshman midfielder Claire Oates was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week after recording a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Houston and leading the team in shots against BYU     . SMU is in the Sunshine State this weekend for games against No. 22 UCF on Friday, Oct. 3 in Orlando, Fla. and USF on Sunday, Oct. 5 in Tampa, Fla.

Cross CountryWomen’s Cross Country: The 24th-ranked SMU women’s cross country team finished second at the Ken Garland Invitational, hosted by the University of North Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Eagle Pointe Cross Country Course. The Mustangs, with an average time of 18:23, finished just 17 seconds behind Rice. SMU will head to South Bend, Indiana, for the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.

Equestrian: The SMU equestrian team split its two meets on Saturday, Sept. 27 with a win over Tennessee-Martin and a loss to No. 6 Baylor to conclude the Willis Invitational hosted by Baylor at the Willis Family Equestrian Center. The win was the first for the season and for first-year head coach Carol Gwin. The Mustangs will host Texas A&M at Sleepy P Ranch this Saturday, Oct. 4.

Men GolfMen’s Golf: The Mustangs will head to Erin, Wisconsin, to compete in the Erin Hills Intercollegiate. Marquette will host the three-day event that tees off on Sunday, Oct 5.

Women’s Golf: The SMU women’s golf team is set to participate in this weekend’s Schooner Fall Classic, hosted by the University of Oklahoma. The competition begins Saturday, Oct. 4 and concludes on Monday, Oct. 6. The Mustangs finished 12th in last year’s inaugural Schooner Fall Classic.

RowingRowing: The Mustangs begin their 2014-15 campaign on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Oklahoma City where they will participate in the Head of the Oklahoma.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: The SMU women’s swimming and diving team opened the 2014-15 season with five top finishes at the North Texas Relays on Friday, Sept. 26 at the Southlake Natatorium. The Mustangs finished in the top-two of every event, which included competitors from North Texas and Tulane. SMU returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 18, when they will kick off the annual SMU Classic at the Westside Natatorium.

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 24, 2014

lonmorThe Morenci Marines: A Tale of Small Town America and the Vietnam War: Clements Center Monthly Talks presents Kyle Longley, author of The Morenci Marines: A Tale of Small Town America and the Vietnam War. Drawing on personal interviews and correspondence, Longley’s book sheds light on nine young men who left the Arizona mining camp of Morenci to serve their country in Vietnam. The event will take place 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in 144 Simmons Hall. 

Virtual Read-Out: As part of international Banned Books Week, SMU Fondren Library will host a Virtual Read-Out 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. Join SMU and readers across the world to read 30 seconds out loud from a banned book of your choice. Click here to see a list of books challenged or banned in 2013-14.

SMU's James F. Hollifield

SMU’s James F. Hollifield will lead discussion on “The Euro Crisis and the Challenge for France.”

The Euro Crisis and the Challenge for France: SMU John G. Tower Center for Political Studies hosts SMU Professor James Hollifield and Dr. Mark Wynne as they discuss “The Euro Crisis and the Challenge for France.” The event will take place 12-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Great Hall. Open only to Tower Center Forum members, SMU students, faculty and staff, attendees are asked to please RSVP here.

Happiness Symposia: Continuing its two-month series on “Happiness: What Makes you Smile?” the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute presents Mary Esteve, Associate Professor of English at Concordia University, Thursday, Sept. 25. Esteve will share her work on “The Politics and Polemics of Happiness: Back to the Postwar Future.” The event will take place at 5 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

33rd Season of Tate Lecture Series: Former Secretaries of State Madeleine K. Albright and Colin L. Powell will visit SMU Monday, Sept. 29 to kick off the 33rd season of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture SeriesRead more about the 2014-15 kickoff event.

Coach Larry Brown Lecture on Value and Ethics: The Alpha Upsilon chapter of Delta Gamma and the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility presents Basketball Hall of Fame Head Coach, Larry Brown as the next Delta Gamma Lecturer in Values and Ethics. The event will take place 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Read more about the Lectureship in Values and Ethics [pdf].

SMU Basketball Coaching Clinic scheduled for Sept. 7, 2014

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SMU basketball coach Larry Brown will host a coaching clinic at Moody Coliseum on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. In addition to Brown, the SMU Basketball Coaching Clinic will feature head coaches Bill Self of Kansas, Shaka Smart of Virginia Commonwealth University, Wes Miller of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and longtime NBA coach Mike Woodson.

SMU Head Coach Larry Brown

SMU Head Coach Larry Brown

“We are excited to have the opportunity to conduct this clinic at SMU,” said Brown. “We are very fortunate to have some great coaches come and share their knowledge with all of us.”

The SMU Basketball Coaching Clinic is open to coaches and fans of all levels.* The event is $75 with pre-registration or $100 on Sept. 7. For more information, contact the SMU Men’s Basketball office at 214-768-3501 or e-mail SMUCoachingClinic@gmail.com.

Register online here or complete the registration form attached below.

2014 SMU Basketball Clinic Flyer

* Due to NCAA rules, no student-athletes of recruitable age (male or female 7-12th grade or junior college) will be allowed to attend.

SMU meets Minnesota in 2014 NIT championship game tonight at 6 p.m. CT in Madison Square Garden

SMU Men's Basketball during the shootaround in Madison Square Garden, NIT 2014SMU will take on Minnesota in the 2014 National Invitation Tournament Championship at 6 p.m. CT Thursday, April 3, in Madison Square Garden, New York City. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN.

Both programs received No. 1 seeds in their respective regions. SMU is 4-2 all-time in the NIT, including this year’s victories over UC Irvine (68-54 on March 19), LSU (80-67 on March 24), California (67-65 on March 26) and Clemson (65-59 on April 1) en route to the program’s first national tournament final.

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SMU has 27 wins, the second-most in program history, and the most since the Mustangs recorded 28 wins in the 1987-88 season. The Mustangs went 18-1 at home this season, including 12-1 inside Moody Coliseum, and broke their single-season attendance record, setting the new mark at 107,412 (previous record was 101,296 in 1984-85).

The Mustangs are 7th in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st in the American), holding opponents to 38.3%. The Mustang defense is allowing just 62.2 points per game, 24th in the NCAA (3rd in the American). SMU has held 29 of its last 45 (23 of 36 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU has outrebounded 25 of 36 opponents this season.

> Find photos, tweets, watch party information and more at SMU News

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.

> Read the full story from SMU Athletics

Sports: Postseason Mustang basketball

Photo by Vladimir Cherry, Courtesy of SMU Athletics

Photo by Vladimir Cherry, Courtesy of SMU Athletics

The regular season for men and women’s basketball has ended, but Moody Magic has not. Both the men and women have home postseason games this week, the men on Wednesday, March 19 and women on Thursday, March 20.

Men’s Basketball: SMU was chosen as the #1 seed for the 2014 National Invitation Tournament. Their first game on Wednesday is against #8 seed UC Irvine at 8 p.m. UC Irvine won the Big West regular season title, and SMU finished third in the American Athletic Conference. Wednesday’s game will be the first in history between the two teams.

SMU finished the season with a 23-9 record and numerous honors. For the first time in program history, SMU is ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP Poll. Sophomore Nic Moore was named to the first team of the American Athletic Conference, U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District Team and the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 25 First Team.

Sophomore Markus Kennedy was also recognized; he was named a second-team honoree for the American Athletic Conference and to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 25 Second Team.

Finally, Head Coach Larry Brown was named the District VII Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

The winner of Wednesday’s game will play either San Francisco or LSU in the second round. The final game of the NIT is scheduled for Thursday, April 3.

Women’s Basketball: For the first time in program history SMU will host the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Their first game is Thursday, March 20 against Texas Southern at 7 p.m. This will be the team’s sixth appearance in the WNIT after finishing the season with a 17-3 record.

The women finished fifth in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference with several players honored. Senior Keena Mays was named to the first team of the AAC, Senior Akil Simpson was named to the second team of the AAC and Kiara Parry was named to the All-Freshman team of the AAC.

The winner of Thursday’s game will play either Minnesota or Green Bay in the second round. The final game is scheduled for Saturday, April 5.

Tickets: Tickets for either game can be purchased at smumustangs.com/tickets or by calling 214-768-4263.

Sports: Basketball weekend, men’s golf to Mexico

AAC Indoors: SMU women’s track and field will compete in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2014. The championship meet is in New York City at the New Balance Track and Field Center in Armory. SMU currently has two runners, two throwers and one multi-event athlete ranked in the top 100 of the NCAA across six events. Fans can follow along with the championship event here.

Moody Magic: SMU men’s basketball returns home to play UCF Saturday, Mar. 1 at 3 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a win on the road against UConn, 64-55 and currently have more wins this season than any SMU team since the 1999-00 season. Saturday marks the first home game as a ranked team since Mar. 9, 1985; the men are back at 23 on the AP Rankings. The UCF game is sold out but will air on ESPNews.

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Season ending: Saturday, Mar. 1 marks the final regular-season game for SMU women’s basketball. The Mustangs will take on USF on the road at 6 p.m. The women played USF at home in January and were defeated 76-62. If SMU wins Saturday’s game, they will take the No. 5 seed for the AAC tournament.

Golf goes international: The SMU men’s golf team will travel to Los Cabos, Mexico Mar. 2-5, 2014 to hosting the three-day Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate tournament for 14 teams. It is the 4th annual tournament and the Mustangs’ second time attending. All seven Mustangs will be there, including sophomore Bryson Dechambeau, who was recently named to the 2014 watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, the most prestigious award in men’s college golf.

Additional Highlights: 

  • Men’s Basketball Head Coach Larry Brown has been named a finalist for the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year Award.
  • The 2013 AAC All-Academic Team for football was just released. Out of the 246-member list, 20 of the players were Mustangs.
  • Nine women were placed on the 2014 Swimming and Diving All Conference Team.
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