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UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas – Somewhat more than a thousand SMU followers, players, band members and cheerleaders and coach Larry Brown sat in Moody Coliseum in anticipation of the school's first NCAA appearance in additional than 20 years, solely to experience disappointment.
SMU's name by no means appeared on the NCAA bracket. As an alternative, the Mustangs have to be content with the No. 1 total seed in the faculty's first look within the NIT since 2000.
It turns out that the staff's solely three-sport dropping streak of the season got here on the incorrect time, because the Mustangs fell to Louisville and Memphis to finish the regular season after which misplaced to Houston within the first spherical of the American Athletic Convention tournament. Shedding to two of the league's worst teams in South Florida and Temple might not have helped, both. All of it was simply enough to keep the invitation from exhibiting up on the SMU campus, about 20 miles from where the Last 4 shall be performed in lower than a month at AT&T Stadium.
Moments after the broadcast was over, Brown took the microphone and addressed his workforce and people fans in attendance.
"I feel bad for our team and you followers," Brown said. "I feel like we allow you to all down."
That acquired an instantaneous response from the group, shouting: "No."
Brown, clearly disillusioned and admitting that he didn't know what to say, selected to deal with how his team can respond.
"When issues do not go precisely how you deliberate, you can both pack it in or you'll find a strategy to do higher," Brown said. "We have to use this as a technique to get better."
SMU finished the season 23-9 and had an RPI of fifty three coming into Sunday's games. It was a memorable season for the Mustangs, regardless of dropping three consecutive games to finish the regular season.
In chatting with the media afterward, Brown lamented among the shut calls SMU had over the course of the season.
"We might have overwhelmed Louisville at residence. We jumped on them, then obtained in foul hassle and acted foolish," Brown mentioned. "We did not play our greatest sport at Memphis, but we did not get blown out by both staff. I checked out our schedule; we did not get blown out by anyone.
A late-season swoon price SMU a trip to the NCAA tournament, however the Mustangs did earn the highest general seed in the NIT.
"We almost beat Virginia. We had possession down one. But when we didn't beat Houston, I form of thought this could presumably occur. Folks have stated we lost our last three games. We lost two of our last three against top-20 teams, and one in every of them may be one of the best group in America. I hoped possibly they would look at it that manner but I believe they looked at [it] like we lost our last three games."
SMU defeated four ranked teams for the first time since 1955-56, which additionally was the varsity's solely Final 4 look. The Mustangs received 23 games for the first time since 1987-88 and earned 12 conference victories for the first time since 1992-ninety three.
SMU made Dallas a real house-court benefit, going 15-1 at residence, together with 9-1 in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum. Three of the team's wins over ranked opponents occurred in that building.
Brown spoke to his group briefly after the NCAA choice process was over.
"I mentioned I don't want anyone crying or complaining as a result of that takes away from the groups that bought in," Brown said.
Brown mentioned that when he saw that Louisville obtained a No. 4 seed, he "figured that they [the selection committee] didn't have a number of respect for our conference."
Brown harassed to his group to finish the season with a strong effort within the postseason and said he felt like the Mustangs didn't finish in addition to they may have, which could have cost them a chance to get to the NCAA event.
"I believe we'll be better for this," Brown stated. "I definitely hope I am and I am pretty confident the individuals in that locker room will study from it and grow from it, and hopefully it would assist our program get to the point where we would like it to be."