Coming into one of the anticipated seasons of SMU basketball in recent memory, the Mustangs, lead by Hall of Famer Larry Brown, have a chance to go dancing for the first time in twenty years.
Below is a game-by-game analysis of the recently released 2013-2014 SMU basketball schedule.
Nov. 8 vs. TCU American Airlines Center
Win in the opener against the rival Horned Frogs to get the season off to a good start.
Nov. 11 Rhode Island Curtis Culwell Center 7 p.m. ESPN3
Win. Mustangs get revenge for last year's loss to the Rams in the first ‘home' game of the season.
Nov. 18 at Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark.
Loss. Fayetteville is too hostile an environment for a team that is still finding itself early on in the season. The Razorbacks blistering pace is too much for the Mustangs. Play this game in February and it's a different story.
Nov. 20 Texas State Curtis Culwell Center 7 p.m. ESPN3
Nov. 24 Arkansas - Pine Bluff Curtis Culwell Center 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
Nov. 26 Sam Houston State Curtis Culwell Center 7 p.m. ESPN3
Nov. 29 vs. Virginia Corpus Christi, Texas 6:30 p.m. CBSSN
Loss. The Cavaliers return their two best players from a year ago on a team that pulled off 23 wins including a win vs. Duke. Close game, but Virginia edges out SMU.
Nov. 30 vs. Texas A&M / vs. Missouri State
Win. No matter who SMU ends up playing, either should provide a win for the Mustangs.
Dec. 2 McNeese State Curtis Culwell Center 7:30 p.m. ESPN3
Win. Don't know much about McNeese State, only that they managed seven wins in the Southland Conference last year, shouldn't be a tough game for SMU.
Dec. 4 at Illinois-Chicago Chicago, Ill. 7 p.m.
Win. Mustangs win big in front of an arena filled with prospective recruits.
Dec. 7 Hofstra Dr. Pepper Arena - Frisco TBD ESPN3
Win. Hofstra won a total of seven games last year and ranked 333rd in scoring.
Dec. 18 UTPA Curtis Culwell Center 7:30 p.m. ESPN3
Win. Had to look up what ‘UTPA' stood for, that should say it all. Mustangs win in the last game before playing in new Moody.
Dec. 20 at Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. 2pm CT/1pm MT
Win. Trap game for SMU. Last OOC game, far away from home against a team that won at SMU last year and beat San Diego State. But too much experience and leadership pulls the Mustangs to victory.
Jan. 1 at Cincinnati * Cincinnati, Ohio 6pm ET/5pm CT ESPNU
Loss. Cincinnati is always extremely well coached. The Bearcats have trouble scoring but are extremely aggressive and athletic on defense. That plus being on the road in a loud environment means Mustangs open 0-1 in AAC play.
Jan. 4 Connecticut * Moody Coliseum 1 p.m. ESPNU
Win. In the first game in new Moody, the Mustangs rally behind what should be a great crowd for the win. SMU's bigs dominate the boards against a Huskies team with essentially no height and experienced post players.
Jan. 12 at Louisville * Louisville, Ky. 1pm ET/12pm CT CBSSN
Loss. On the road against one of the nation's best teams is asking too much out of the Mustangs. One reason for hope is that Larry Brown has eight days to prepare for this game.
Jan. 15 USF * Moody Coliseum 6 p.m. ESPNU
Win. SMU rebounds after a loss with a big win at home against a USF team in transition.
Jan. 18 at UCF * Orlando, Fla. 12pm ET/11am CT ESPNews
Win. UCF has a short bench. The Mustangs depth is the reason they leave Orlando with the win.
Jan. 21 Rutgers * Moody Coliseum 7 p.m. ESPNews
Win. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a tumultuous offseason as everyone knows. Should be a while until they are competitive again.
Jan. 26 at Houston * Houston, Texas 2 p.m. ESPNews
Loss. Houston returns its leaders in minutes played from last year, all freshman and sophomores, including budding star Daniel House (recruited to Houston by Ulric Maligi). Last year, the Cougars were too young but now their stars have more experience and get the win.
Jan. 28 at USF * Tampa, Fla. 7pm ET/6pm CT ESPNews
Win. USF looks to be in a battle verse Rutgers for last place in the AAC. Shouldn't be a tough crowd awaiting the Mustangs, which will help.
Feb. 1 Memphis * Moody Coliseum 1 p.m. CBSSN
Loss. Memphis endured another great recruiting season last year, and although coach Josh Pastner has struggled in assembling the talent, the Tigers squeak off the win on the road.
Feb. 6 Temple * Moody Coliseum 7 p.m. ESPNews
Win. Temple lost a lot of players from last year's tournament team, including star Khalif Wyatt. May end up being a rebuilding year for the Owls.
Feb. 8 Cincinnati * Moody Coliseum 6:30 p.m. ESPNU
Loss. The Bearcats were eighth in the country last season in rebounding. That, plus a smothering defense means they leave Dallas with a win.
Feb. 13 at Rutgers * Piscataway, N.J. 7pm ET/6pm CT ESPNews
Win. New coach, new system and a limited bench results in a Mustang victory in the Northeast.
Feb. 16 at Temple * Philadelphia, Pa. 2pm ET/1pm CT CBSSN
Loss. Temple may have lost some talent from last year's team, but it'll be tough for the Ponies to pull off this win on the road.
Feb. 19 Houston * Moody Coliseum 7 p.m. ESPNews
Win. With the top four of the AAC an almost certainty (Louisville, UConn, Memphis, Cincinnati) it seems as if Houston and SMU will be battling it out for the 5 seed. Mustangs win at home.
Feb. 23 at Connecticut * Storrs, Conn. 2pm ET/1pm CT CBSSN
Loss. Huskies get revenge for the early season loss at home. Guards Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright go off, and the SMU bigs are neutralized by UConn's fast break pace.
Mar. 1 UCF * Moody Coliseum 3 p.m. ESPNews
Win. UCF has been banned from post-season play this year, hurting their recruiting, and unlike UConn last year, was not able to hold onto their best players. Mustangs roll.
Mar. 5 Louisville * Moody Coliseum 6 p.m. CBSSN
Loss. Louisville it too good, too experienced and too well coached. Last game before spring break for SMU students, so the Mustangs showed be playing in front of an electric crowd.
Mar. 8 at Memphis * Memphis, Tenn. 11 a.m. ESPN/ESPN2
Win. SMU heads into this game right on the bubble of the NCAA tournament, and Larry Brown rallies them to a much needed road win just before the conference tournament begins.
Final Record: 21-10
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