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.
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