Just a week after entering the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1985, SMU men’s basketball is back where it began — on the outside looking in.
Less than two years after Brown returned to college, a quarter-century after he won a national title at Kansas and with a record nine NBA head jobs to his credit, the No. 23 Mustangs (19-5) are in The Associated Press poll for the first time since March 1985.
SMU basketball and Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown experienced a first on Saturday, despite having been around the game since 1960.
SMU defeated Temple 75-52 on Thursday behind Markus Kennedy’s 14 points and 9 rebounds and Shawn Williams’ 14 points. Saturday is a date with No. 7 Cincinnati.
After the five starters each played more than 32 minutes a game in Brown’s debut with the Mustangs, they all return with some needed help.
K.T. Turner spent last season as an assistant on Gregg Marshall’s staff at Wichita State, which advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
The Nets are continuing to search for their next head coach, and it’s no secret that owner Mikhail Prokhorov likes big names. Cue Larry Brown, the current head men’s basketball coach at Southern Methodist University.
Jordan Swing scored 17 points, including a layup with 9 seconds to play, and UAB beat SMU 53-52 in the opener of the Conference USA tournament on Wednesday.
Brown says he doesn’t know where realignment is going. But he’s hopeful the Big East can stay together for Dallas-based SMU to become relevant as a basketball and football school.
Tulsa’s Danny Manning seemed to enjoy facing mentor Larry Brown of SMU in just the second sideline matchup of an NCAA-winning coach and the Final Four’s most outstanding player. The ending was even better for him.
Now that he’s back in the college game, Larry Brown is looking for the next Danny Manning. Meantime, he’s not very excited about coaching against the real thing.
SMU is off to a 9-4 start under Brown, who says he took the job because he still loves to coach and teach.