The Mustangs currently stand at 6-8 in the 2009-10 season, and though this record doesn't seem impressive, it has remained the same throughout recent seasons. SMU has kept the same record at this time of the season for the past couple of years, which displays how consistent they are, even though SMU fans would like to see an above .500 record at this time of the season. Here is a quick breakdown of how they have fared in recent seasons.
Key Wins: Texas State (94-86), Army (71-63)
Average Points per Game: 69.0 PPG
Key Wins: Texas A&M (92-52), Colorado (70-67)
Average Points per Game: 72.3 PPG
Key Wins: TCU (71-65), Texas State 77-70
Average Points per Game: 65.5 PPG
Key Wins: TCU (64-62), Dayton (53-48)
Average Points per Game: 71.6 PPG
In the past few seasons, SMU has been around the five to six win marks, besides their incredible eleven wins back in the 2006-2007 season. The last time they were 6-8 at this point in the season, back in 2007, they finished the season 10-20. When they were 5-7 in 2008, they finished with nine wins. Even in that eleven win start, the Mustangs only won fourteen games, going 3-13 in conference play.
In 2009-10, the Mustangs need to be competitive in their conference. Here's a quick look at how they have fared in recent seasons during conference play:
That is the problem for the SMU Mustangs; they do poorly in their conference. You have to go all the way back to the 2004-2005 season to find a .500 conference record (9-9), and all the way back to the 2002-2003 season to find a winning conference record (10-7). If the Mustangs want to compete in the postseason tournaments, they must find success in Conference USA.