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  • SMU has sold out Moody Coliseum for the 2014-15 season

    College Basketball Talk "After making the NIT last season and being a likely preseason top-25 team and AAC favorite, SMU is riding a lot of momentum entering the 2014-15 season. The Mustangs and head coach Larry Brown got more good news on Tuesday as the school announced in an official release that Moody Coliseum is..." September 04

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Schools reach out to recent SMU decommit Matt McQuaid

    CBSSports.com "Most of the SMU-related headlines last week revolved around Emmanuel Mudiay's decision to bypass college and head overseas for a season. But the Mustangs also suffered a hit to their 2015 class, when shooting guard Matt McQuaid decided to decommit and reopen his recruitment. "I feel like I..." July 24

  • SMU's tough July continues as sweet-shooting Matt McQuaid decommits

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB - The Dagger "Not even one week after elite point guard Emmanuel Mudiay opted to turn pro instead of enrolling at SMU, another promising recruit has parted ways with the Mustangs without ever playing in a game. Matt McQuaid, one of the class of 2015's best shooters, has backed out of his May commitment to..." July 22

  • Mudiay family: 'No truth' to skipping SMU over eligibility concerns

    CBSSports.com "With the college basketball world struggling to make sense of his bombshell decision, Emmanuel Mudiay is in the gym, shielded from the noise. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound point guard is working out with his trainer and preparing his body for next season, despite the giant question mark regarding where..." July 16

  • Concerns over immediate eligibility lead to SMU losing Emmanuel Mudiay

    CBSSports.com "So Emmanuel Mudiay, a consensus top-five national recruit, has decided, in the month of July before his freshman year at SMU, to skip college and move to either Europe or Asia to play professionally even though the only other American point guard who has ever tried that right out of high school..." July 15

  • Elite SMU recruit Emmanuel Mudiay considering going pro overseas

    CBSSports.com "Emmanuel Mudiay is considering playing professionally overseas next season, multiple sources told CBSSports.com. He was expected to enroll at SMU in the fall. Sources said Mudiay was offered a lucrative contract to play in Asia. Mudiay, a 6-foot-5 guard from Prime Prep (Texas), would have..." July 14

  • Virginia Tech transfer Ben Emelogu headed to SMU

    CBSSports.com "Virginia Tech transfer Ben Emelogu has committed to SMU, he told CBSSports.com on Monday morning. The 6-5 guard averaged 10.5 points last season for the Hokies and will have three years of eligibility remaining. Emelogu must sit out next season and will be eligible beginning in the 2015-16..." July 14

  • Larry Brown: I'm not interested in Lakers job; I'm happy at SMU

    Detroit Free Press "Larry Brown has been talking to Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, all right, but not as some sort of recruitment for the vacant coaching job. It’s quite the opposite, in fact. Brown, the longtime NBA coach who has headed the Southern Methodist program since 2012, is known to be..." June 04

  • SMU lands Xavier basketball transfer Justin Martin

    Dallas Morning News "Xavier transfer Justin Martin has committed to play for Larry Brown and the SMU Mustangs, per his personal Twitter account. As a graduate student, Martin will be eligible to play immediately on the Hilltop. At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Martin averaged 11.7 points, which was good for second on..." June 04

  • Sharpshooter Matt McQuaid Commits To SMU

    Real GM Basketball "Matt McQuaid has committed to SMU as a member of the 2015 incoming freshman class. McQuaid is considered one of the best shooters in the country." May 05

  • To land Larry Brown, SMU roughly quadrupled its basketball coach pay

    USA Today "While SMU president Gerald Turner long has devoted himself to advocating for college sports reform as co-chairman of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, he also has had to consider the interests of his own school. According to new federal tax records, those interests recently..." April 26

  • Minnesota Gophers win NIT title 65-63 over SMU

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For some, it was redemption. For others it was just a party. Two years after falling just short of their goal at Madison Square Garden, a Minnesota team made up of veterans from that game and new faces this season made good on a second chance. The Gophers gained control of a back-and-forth..." April 04

  • Mustangs’ big man not overwhelmed by big stage, and his game shows it

    Dallas Morning News "As the only one to have played at Madison Square Garden, SMU’s Markus Kennedy had plenty of advice for his teammates on the renowned building. But Kennedy had a more efficient plan. He simply showed the Mustangs. The big man dominated with 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals in..." April 03

  • Texas Tech forward Jordan Tolbert transferring to SMU

    Dallas Morning News "Texas Tech forward Jordan Tolbert is transferring to SMU, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. Tolbert was Texas Tech’s second leading scorer this season and one of the Red Raiders’ mainstays the past three years as the program has had four coaches in as many years. The 6-foot-7, 225-pounder..." April 03

  • Texas riches extend to basketball courts

    USA Today "The state of Texas – including all of its more than 268,000 square miles – is still the home to $60 million high school football stadiums, Johnny Football and the NFL franchise that considers itself "America's Team." But as Arlington this week welcomes the men's basketball Final Four – the..." April 02

  • Southern Methodist 65, Clemson 59

    ProSportsDaily "Markus Kennedy recorded 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals as the Mustangs downed the Tigers in New York to advance to the NIT final. Nic Moore added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists while Nick Russell scored 10 for Southern Methodist (27-9), which will face Minnesota in..." April 02

  • NIT semifinal win 'most special moment' yet for Larry Brown, SMU hoops

    Dallas Morning News "Back home in the Big Apple, coaching in Madison Square Garden, SMU coach Larry Brown looked very much in his element Tuesday night. He barked at his players, shouted at officials and changed emotions with each point swing as the Mustangs beat Clemson, 65-59, in the semifinals of the National..." April 02

  • NIT semifinals betting cheat sheet

    Covers.com "Clemson Tigers vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs (-3, 119) Clemson's K.J. McDaniels scored 16 points and DeMarcus Harrison poured in 14 of his 16 in the second half to spark the comeback victory over Belmont. McDaniels continues to deliver for the Tigers, leading them in scoring (17.2),..." April 01

  • Southern Methodist 67, California 65

    ProSportsDaily "Nic Moore made a 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds left and Markus Kennedy had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Mustangs edged the visiting Golden Bears in the NIT quarterfinals. Moore finished with 11 points and Keith Frazier chipped in nine points for top-seeded SMU (26-9), which advanced to face..." March 27

  • Southern Methodist 68, UC Irvine 54

    ProSportsDaily "Cannen Cunningham had 17 points off the bench to lead the host Mustangs to their first-ever NIT win. Ben Moore added 11 points and seven rebounds for top-seeded Southern Methodist (24-9) and Nick Russell had 10 points. Nic Moore added seven points, eight assists, four steals and four rebounds..." March 20

  • NCAA Tournament snubs and surprises

    CBSSports.com "Heading into the Selection Show, most bracketologists seemed to reach a relative agreement and consensus on the 68 teams in the field – and the four No. 1 seeds. Of course, the selection committee isn't part of the bracketology world, and messed up the consensus. So, who got snubbed and who..." March 17

  • Houston upsets SMU to reach American Athletic semifinals

    Houston Chronicle "For University of Houston forward TaShawn Thomas, it was all about perfect timing. In the waning seconds of Thursday's quarterfinal game of the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament against No. 25 SMU, Thomas orchestrated the play of the game. In one of its most complete games of..." March 14

  • Strong Second Half Lifts No. 20 Memphis to 67-58 Win Over No. 18 SMU

    GoTigersGo.com "The No. 20 University of Memphis men's basketball team (23-8, 12-6 American) put together a 20-5 run midway through the second half to propel them to a 67-58 victory over No. 18 SMU (23-8, 12-6 American) on Senior Day at FedExForum. Trailing 39-38, a three-pointer by Joe Jackson put the Tigers..." March 09

  • No. 11 Louisville wins 84-71 at No. 18 SMU

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Louisville leading scorer Russ Smith was still feeling light-headed and dizzy after Wednesday night's game. He had felt that way pretty much all day. Smith overcame his stomach illness, and a rough first half, by hitting all six of his 3-point attempts after halftime as the 11th-ranked..." March 06

  • Southern Methodist 70, Central Florida 55

    ProSportsDaily "Markus Kennedy had 18 points and eight rebounds as the host Mustangs upended the Knights in American Athletic Conference play. Nick Russell added 15 points and Nic Moore contributed 13 points, six assists and four steals as Southern Methodist (23-6, 12-4) won for the seventh time in eight..." March 02

  • Mustangs host UCF, need to avoid late-season crash

    Dallas Morning News "SMU will put its new ranking to the test on Saturday against Central Florida at soldout Moody Coliseum. After returning to the Top 25 on Feb. 10, their first appearance since 1985, the Mustangs won just once as a ranked team. A victory at Rutgers was followed by a loss at Temple. They face a..." March 01

  • NCAA Tournament projections (3/1): Baylor, Oklahoma State have work to do

    Dallas Morning News "Most teams are winding down the regular season and hoping to lock up an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament before the conference tournaments begin in about a week. Some area teams, like Texas and SMU, are sitting pretty heading down the stretch. For others, like Oklahoma State and Baylor,..." March 01

  • SMU's big win has Mustangs looking good; Baylor, OSU on the bubble

    Dallas Morning News "It's the part of the year where ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi is updating his projections almost nightly, so you can bet tensions are high in gyms across the nation. While some teams, like Baylor, have played their way back into the NCAA Tournament picture, others, like Oklahoma State,..." February 25

  • Once Again, UConn Can't Match Up With SMU in 64-55 defeat

    Hartford Courant "A more distinct tone could not be set for a basketball game. UConn's first 11 possessions ended with five missed shots and six turnovers. "The crowd's supposed to stand up 'til we make our first shot," Ryan Boatright said. "It seemed like they were standing forever." Not until Phil Nolan put..." February 24

  • SMU can reap multiple benefits from staying put in league standings

    Dallas Morning News "A strong finish is crucial for SMU in terms of postseason play. Not only are the Mustangs headed for a possible NCAA Tourney bid – first in 21 years – but the final four games will shape their seeding in the American Athletic Conference tournament. A drop in the standings would put SMU at risk..." February 21

  • A program on the upswing

    Sports On Earth "Dave Bliss, perhaps the most reviled figure in a sport with some ugly scandals, drove three hours one way to Dallas on Jan. 4 to celebrate the opening of SMU's renovated Moody Coliseum and meet with a few former players. He also witnessed the rebirth of a longtime moribund basketball program last..." February 21

  • NCAA Tournament projections: Longhorns looks good; Baylor back in picture; how much did loss hurt SMU?

    Dallas Morning News "It's the part of the year where ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi is updating his projections almost nightly, so you can bet tensions are high in gyms across the nation. While some teams, like Baylor, have played their way back into the NCAA Tournament picture, others, like Oklahoma State, have..." February 20

  • Moody crowd, students camping out for tickets help propel SMU to win over Houston

    Dallas Morning News "SMU players had a long plane ride home after Sunday’s loss to Temple. But their moods improved after arriving on campus and seeing students camped in front of the ticket office. On Wednesday night, the Mustangs made it worth the wait. They showed their gratitude by winning the game those..." February 20

  • SMU drops out of Top-25 and to 49 in RPI

    Dallas Morning News "SMU still has work to do to make the NCAA Tournament. With Sunday’s loss to Temple, the Mustangs dropped out of the Top-25 and down 10 spots in the RPI to 49. The RPI is used by the NCAA Tournament Committee to help determine seedings. SMU (20-6 9-4 in the American Athletic Conference) is..." February 18

  • SMU gets a commitment from 2015 guard Sedrick Barefield

    College Basketball Talk "SMU picked up a commitment in the junior class on Monday night as 2015 point guard Sedrick Barefield committed to head coach Larry Brown and the Mustangs during his official visit to the campus. The commitment was confirmed on Twitter by the Compton Magic AAU program, who Barefield runs with in..." February 18

  • Larry Brown winning again, with retirement nowhere in sight

    New York Post "Most men his age have settled into retirement by now, but Larry Brown isn’t into shuffleboard or Bingo and he has never lived in Florida. The Hall of Fame coach, Long Island product and former Knicks coach spent 16 months out of basketball after he was fired by the Bobcats in December 2010 —..." February 14

  • Myles Turner aiming to visit SMU next Wednesday

    CBSSports.com "Myles Turner, the top remaining uncommitted prospect in the Class of 2014 is aiming to unofficially visit SMU next Wednesday (2/19) when the Mustangs host Houston, his father confirmed. 247 Sports previously reported an unofficial visit for Turner scheduled for Wednesday. "We're hoping to..." February 14

  • After 29-year wait, SMU basketball returns to Top 25 rankings

    Fox Sports "After a 29-year wait, SMU returned to the Associated Press Top 25 basketball rankings on Monday. SMU (19-5) debuted at No. 23, but after knocking off three ranked teams this season, the Mustangs expect to climb even higher. "I'm sure nobody expected us to be here, but we knew what we had,"..." February 11

  • SMU emerges as contender in and beyond the AAC

    USA Today "When SMU hired Larry Brown in April 2012, it was a curious marriage of a perpetually job-hopping Hall of Fame coach and a long dormant men's basketball program. But all Brown talked about were grand ambitions. He wanted to win, and win big. He knew it was critical SMU find a home in a..." February 10

  • SMU rips No. 7 Cincy, 76-55, for 1st on-campus win vs. top 10 team since '67

    Dallas Morning News "It’s hard to quantify the significance of SMU’s 76-55 victory over No. 7 Cincinnati on Saturday night. The last time the Mustangs defeated a Top 10 team was in 1987 over No. 7 Florida. But that was at Reunion Arena. Since SMU beat a Top 10 opponent on campus, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling..." February 09

  • SMU uses huge second half to run No. 22 Memphis out of Moody Coliseum

    Dallas Morning News "Before SMU returned to its campus home in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum, it had been 10 years since the Mustangs defeated a Top 25 opponent. Now Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown's team has beaten two ranked teams in less than a month. Markus Kennedy had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Nic..." February 02

  • Report: SMU guard, former Kimball star Keith Frazier had grade changed in order to graduate

    Dallas Morning News "According to a report by WFAA's Brett Shipp on Sunday, former Kimball basketball star Keith Frazier had a failing grade changed to a passing one in order to graduate from high school. Frazier was a McDonald's All-American and is currently a guard for SMU. The WFAA report cites a Dallas..." January 28

  • SMU responds to Dallas ISD investigation, states it followed normal school procedure

    Dallas Morning News "SMU said Monday that the school followed proper procedures in its admission of basketball player Keith Frazier. The statement came in response to a WFAA report on Sunday night about a DISD internal investigation. The DISD audit report revealed that Kimball High School personnel changed..." January 28

  • Why Larry Brown's SMU Mustangs are now 'must-see' basketball

    Dallas Morning News "They have climbed into the “Receiving Votes” category in the AP poll. They beat UConn when the Huskies were ranked No. 17, and they received praise for a close loss at Louisville in this strange, new conference they inhabit. There is so much to like about the SMU Mustangs’ men’s basketball..." January 23

  • SMU poised to ride defense to Mustangs' first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years

    Dallas Morning News "Trivia question: Which team scored more against SMU: Rutgers’ football team or its basketball team? Football, of course. By one point. Defense continues to win games on the Hilltop. The Mustangs held Rutgers to 16 points below its season average in a 70-56 victory on Tuesday night at Moody..." January 22

  • UCF's Sykes hurt in basketball loss to SMU

    Florida Today "Markus Kennedy had 15 points and eight rebounds and Southern Methodist used a second-half run to defeat Central Florida 58-46 in men’s basketball Saturday. SMU (13-4, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) used a 19-5 run in the second half to slip away from UCF (9-7, 1-4). It was the Mustangs’..." January 19

  • Appreciating the underappreciated

    ESPN.com "North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren can’t catch much of a break. Even when I was ready to talk about how underappreciated he is nationally, he got overshadowed by Wake Forest guard Codi Miller-McIntyre. Miller-McIntyre made the game-winning basket to cap off a 20-point performance in the..." January 17

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