After the $47 million renovated coliseum reopened for tip-off, it was evident that no matter what stage, SMU head coach Larry Brown can lead his players to perform.
The Mustangs upset the No. 17 University of Connecticut Huskies (12-3) 74-65, the first home win over a ranked opponent since 2003 against Purdue.
It’s no wonder why speculation has been on the rise following the turnaround of the program carried by Hall of Famer, Coach Brown.
Brown is the only head coach to win both a NCAA title and a NBA championship, with Kansas in 1988 and the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
After accepting the job at SMU in 2012, the Mustangs went 15-17 for the 2012-13 season with those 15 wins as the second highest obtained as a first-year head coach at SMU.
SMU is now 11-3 coming in at 5th in the American Athletic Conference, a step up in terms of competition compared to prior play in the Conference-USA.
With an extensive stat sheet that consists of 39 seasons as a head coach, 9 of which at a collegiate level, Brown’s knowledge of the game and crucial recruiting process stirs up nothing but a recipe for success.
However, the road to the tourney will not be on a straight and narrow as the Mustangs haven’t had a taste of post-season play since 1993.
The Mustangs will take on their second-consecutive ranked opponent, the Louisville Cardinals, on Sunday Jan. 12 at 12 p.m. central time. This will be the 9th matchup between the two programs with SMU 0-3 at Louisville.
The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with live stats available via GameTracker.