I experienced another sports writing thrill for me today. With press credentials in hand I had a chance to see the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa as they stormed into Dallas on a 6 game winning streak. They were able to take an early lead on the Ponies and never look back. The SMU faithful showed up in small numbers; but they were loud and boisterous every chance the Ponies got close. But alas, there was no slowing down the Hurricanes today.
It was a very close and intense game from beginning to end and the Mustangs looked poised to make a run at one point, unfortunately the best they could do was tie the score. Obviously this kept the fans involved in the game. However, every time the score was tied the Hurricanes would respond with another run and stretch their lead back out. I guess the old cliché applies here, “close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades”.
Tulsa was undoubtedly a little revenge minded after losing a buzzer beater to the Mustangs on their home floor recently. The Ponies put up a stalwart fight today, but there was just not enough “horse power” for them to overtake Tulsa.
This SMU team showed a lot of heart, but in the end the Hurricanes were just too much for them.
There are signs of improvement for this Mustang team. They are beginning to play as a unit. Tulsa looks to be one of the best teams in Conference USA, so hanging with them was at least a moral victory for the Ponies. It’s not time to throw in the towel. There is still a lot of basketball left to play in the conference. At that point we will find out where these two teams will finish. Don’t be surprised if you find SMU in the hunt at the end of the season.
This was a good game, but just too much of a test for SMU today. However, if they continue to grow and mature…who knows? They have the potential…they just need to work on the resolve, consistency and desire. They have good athletes…they just need to play up to their potential.Please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook