CultureMap Dallas: SMU Rides Wave of Momentum to NIT Final Four

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)

Remember all those hurt feelings that the SMU Mustangs felt after being snubbed by the NCAA Tournament? It looks like they got over it. “About a week ago, we were bummed out for not making the (NCAA) tournament,” SMU guard Nick Russell said. “Now we’re still playing. The cherry on top is that we get to play in Madison Square Garden.”

SMU’s win over California at Moody Coliseum propelled the Mustangs to the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden this week. The Mustangs will take on Clemson on Tuesday.
It’s not the NCAA Tournament, but the Mustangs have played longer than all but four teams in the NCAA Tournament, and those teams will be the ones dancing in North Texas at the Final Four.

For head coach Larry Brown, who has spearheaded this Mustang revival in just two seasons, New York City is home. The Brooklyn-born Brown also coached the New York Knicks a while back.

In my latest story at CultureMap Dallas, I explain why, even though it’s the NIT Final Four, the Mustangs should be proud of their season.

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One thought on “CultureMap Dallas: SMU Rides Wave of Momentum to NIT Final Four

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