By Elizabeth Dinh

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Larry Brown is back in the NCAA tournament. The head coach who led the Kansas Jayhawks to the 1988 national title has now guided the SMU Mustangs to the No. 6 seed in the South Region. SMU will play their tournament opener on Thursday in Louisville against the No. 11 UCLA Bruins.

This is the team’s first trip to the tournament since 1993.

The Mustangs were greeted by more than a hundred fans and supporters upon their return to DFW, after defeating the defending national champion Connecticut Huskies earlier on Sunday and winning the American Athletic Conference championship.

This is big news around campus, as students return from Spring Break.

It was around the same time last year that students felt snubbed after SMU did not make it into the Big Dance. “I think they put in a lot of hard work this year, overcome some obstacles and just some tricky challenges,” said student Katie Ann Head. “They really persevered.”

“We’re a team with a lot of fiber,” added Mustangs forward Markus Kennedy, who scored 15 points on Sunday and was honored as the American Athletic Conference’s most outstanding player. “We’re family, and that’s the most important thing. So, we’re just going to continue to move in the right direction.”

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