The Mustangs' season wasn't a success to many, although they did improve upon their record from past seasons. But if SMU hopes to reach the next level, that being a team competing for a March Madness spot come next season, they will need to get quality wins down the road.
Basically, SMU needs to beat other March Madness clubs during the season, something that they have struggled at doing as of late. So how did SMU fare against March Madness bound teams in the 2009-10 season?
- November 16: Texas A&M defeats SMU, 80-68
- December 22: UNLV defeats SMU, 67-53
- January 6: UTEP defeats SMU, 49-45
- February 10: UTEP defeats SMU, 62-51
- February 13: Houston defeats SMU, 66-60
- February 27: SMU defeats Houston, 94-83
SMU averaged 61.8 points in these games, and allowed an average of 67.8 points to the four March Madness participants. Overall, SMU finished with a 1-5 record against in games against March Madness bound teams, with their only win coming in their last meeting at home against Houston.
The following are the March Madness seeds for these four teams that faced SMU during the 2009-10 season:
- UNLV: 8 seed in the Midwest
- Houston: 13 seed in the Midwest
- UTEP: 12 seed in the West
- Texas A&M: 5 seed in the South
Key Players against March Madness participants
- Derek Williams averaged 16 points per game in SMU's six meetings against March Madness bound teams. He also chipped in 3.3 assists per game. His best game came against Houston, scoring 24 points and securing seven rebounds.
- Mouhammad Faye missed the first game against UTEP, but managed to average 13.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game against these six teams. Faye scored 21 points against Texas A&M, and had nine rebounds against UTEP.
- Papa Dia played rather well in these six games, averaging 12.5 points per game, along with 8 rebounds, and captured a season high 31 points against Houston.