The third team would have to win the Conference USA tournament ahead of either UTEP or Memphis. So there is still chance for SMU to go dancing, but they will have to win their first round game against UCF on Wednesday.
to make a run
UCF is coming off a 66-59 win over the #12 seed Rice in their regular season finale, but before their win over the Owls, the Knights suffered a four-game losing streak, including a 121-115 overtime loss to Marshall.
With their poor play hopefully behind them, SMU cannot overlook the Knights, or else they could be packing up their bags for good come Wednesday night.
As for SMU, they are trying to break free of their two game losing streak, including a heartbreaking loss against Tulsa in the final seconds.
The Mustangs will need senior guard Derek Williams to improve upon his recent play in order to win their opening round, and possibly the entire tournament. With his measly nine points in the regular season finale, Williams has completed six straight games without recording 20 or more points.
great season in to the post-season?
If SMU pulls out the victory over UCF, they will get set to take on the #1 seed, and current No. 21 in the ESPN rankings, UTEP. But let's not get ahead of ourselves; SMU just needs to take it one game at a time – one play at a time.
C-USA First & Second Round Schedule
Wednesday, March 10:
#10 East Carolina - #7 Houston
#11 Tulane - #6 Southern Miss
#8 SMU - #9 UCF
#5 Tulsa - #12 Rice
Thursday, March 11
#2 Memphis - #10/7 winner
#3 UAB - #11/6 winner
#1 UTEP - #8/9 seed
#4 Marshall - #5/12 seed