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 of being in the 4-5 game, possibly against tournament host Memphis. The Mustangs are currently alone in third behind Cincinnati and Louisville at 10-4 in league play. UConn and Memphis are tied for fourth at 8-4.

If they stay at third or better, the Mustangs will avoid Memphis and UConn and play the sixth seed, most likely Houston or Rutgers.

SMU’s closing stretch features three ranked opponents, including two on the road. The Mustangs play at UConn on Sunday and then have home games against UCF on March 1 and Louisville on March 5 before the regular-season finale at Memphis on March 8.