American Athletic Conference
This is a very memorable week for seniors, both players and fans, at Southern Methodist University.
Markus Kennedy scored 15 points and the regular-season American Athletic Conference champions held off UConn 62-54 on Sunday to also win the tournament title.
Larry Brown is back in the NCAA tournament. The head coach who led Kansas to the 1988 national title has now guided the Mustangs to the No. 6 seed in the South Region.
SMU guard Nic Moore, who led the Mustangs to the American Athletic Conference regular-season title, has now been named as the conference’s player of the year.
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.