American Athletic Conference
A loss to UConn was not the statement No. 21 SMU was hoping to make on Sunday in front of a national TV audience.
Fresh off beating the defending champions at Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, the SMU Mustangs have jumped to No. 21 in the latest AP Poll.
College football’s regular season is coming down the final stretch, which means it is crunch time in the conference and division championship races. Not every team is playing for a spot in the College Football Playoff, but everybody seems to have some impact on the new postseason format.
The Mustangs go into the 74-year-old Brown’s third season on the Hilltop ranked No. 22 in the preseason AP poll. They were picked by American Athletic Conference coaches to finish second in the league behind UConn.
Defending national champion UConn has been picked by coaches in the American Athletic Conference as a preseason favorite to edge out SMU for the league title.
In the second American Athletic Conference game for both teams, one will break a losing streak. SMU will look to build on its 45-24 loss at East Carolina.
SMU finished 5th under head coach June Jones in the American Athletic Conference last season. Apparently, nothing has changed.
Markus Kennedy had 21 points, including the clinching three-point play, and SMU rallied from 13 down in the second half to beat Clemson 65-59 Tuesday night.
The Mustangs struggled after halftime, connecting on only 5 of 20 shots, allowing the Cougars to erase a double-digit lead early in the second half.
SMU men’s basketball has achieved a lot this season as a team. Now they’re receiving accolades for their individual performances as well.
Nick Russell and Nic Moore each scored 15 points to lead the Mustangs to a 64-55 win Sunday over No. 21 UConn and a sweep of their season series with the Huskies.
Moore, a 5’9” point guard from Winona Lake, Ind., is playing as well as anyone in the American Athletic Conference right now. He leads his team with 14.1 points and 4.7 assists per game.