The SMU Mustangs have quickly become one of the hottest things in Dallas with their surprising play over the season and a few timely upsets to help catapult them into the media’s cross hairs. The Mustangs have now jumped into the AP top 25 for the first time in 30 years and have fans and media thinking this team could be on the verge of earning a spot into the NCAA tournament. For most fans this seems like a very quick turnaround under second year coach Larry Brown, but he has a track record of turning teams around sooner than expected. Thanks to Brown and his job, there is a new strain of “Moody Madness” going around.
The Mustangs have been on a tear since opening up “New” Moody coliseum on January 4th. The Mustangs have reeled off seven straight home wins and only lost two road contests in that stretch. While there is still a lot of time to play in the season, the Mustangs have fans paying attention drawing people like Jason Garret and Tony Romo to games at home. It is slowly becoming the hottest ticket in town, which brings about the old saying of “Dallas loves a winner”.
The Mustangs are currently undefeated at home, but the first half of the home schedule was played at another venue so they could finish up the renovations. Even on the year, the Mustangs only have 5 losses and with the momentum building toward the end of the season, there is some talk the Mustangs could make a deep run in the American Athletic conference tournament and wind up catching a bid to the “Big Dance”. But there is still a lot of work this team to even have a chance to catch a bid, they can’t let up and think they have earned it yet. They need to keep pushing and try to finish strong, because the stakes will get higher with each game. They will have to continue to prove themselves at the conference tournament, because this team hasn’t had any success in 30 years and the selection committee likes to reward teams with recent success.
If you haven’t caught the new “Moody Madness” now is your time to stop sleeping on the Mustangs because they are one of the hottest things going right now and you may see something special of this team before it is all said and done. This was the reason the Mustangs went after Larry Brown and it is paying off for them, not just on the court, but in recruiting also. Before this is all said and done, Brown may Prove Dallas isn’t just known for its football. Keep your eyes on the Mustangs, good things are happening for the Mustangs.
Here is the remaining schedule for SMU:
|02/13/14||at Rutgers (ESPNews) *||Piscataway, N.J.||6:00 p.m. CT|
|02/16/14||at Temple (CBSSN) *||Philadelphia, Pa.||1:00 p.m. CT|
|02/19/14||vs. Houston (ESPNews) *||Moody Coliseum||7:00 p.m. CT|
|02/23/14||at Connecticut (CBSSN) *||Storrs, Conn.||1:00 p.m. CT|
|03/01/14||vs. UCF (ESPNews) *||Moody Coliseum||3:00 p.m. CT|
|03/05/14||vs. Louisville (CBSSN) *||Moody Coliseum||6:00 p.m. CT|
|03/08/14||at Memphis (ESPN/ESPN2) *||Memphis, Tenn.||11:00 a.m. CT|