CultureMap Dallas: SMU’s NIT bid lacks prestige but holds silver lining for Mustangs

Larry Brown (second from right), head coach of the SMU Mustangs. (RattleandHumSports.com photo)

Larry Brown (second from right), head coach of the SMU Mustangs. (RattleandHumSports.com photo)

What if you invited a bunch of your friends over to dance, but no one got the chance? SMU experienced that feeling Sunday afternoon. The expectation on The Hilltop was that, despite losing their final three games, the SMU Mustangs would make the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team.

But as CBS announced the 68-team field, the brackets kept SMU waiting … and waiting … and waiting … until the brackets were full. The disappointment was palpable in Moody Coliseum, where an estimated 1,200 SMU fans showed up to what they thought would be confirmation of the Mustangs’ first NCAA Tournament berth in a quarter-century.

Instead, players held their heads in their hands or stared blankly at the scoreboard as if, perhaps, they just missed hearing SMU come out of Greg Gumbel’s mouth.

In my latest story at CultureMap Dallas, I explain why, despite the disappointment, a berth in the NIT Tournament could end up being a great thing for the Mustangs.

Check out CultureMap Dallas for everything from breaking news to food, drink and society. It’s all there, including a local events calendar so you can see what’s hopping this weekend.

Until next time …

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2 thoughts on “CultureMap Dallas: SMU’s NIT bid lacks prestige but holds silver lining for Mustangs

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