SMU Mustangs men's basketball
The SMU Mustangs men's basketball team represents Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas and currently competes in the American Athletic Conference of NCAA Division I college basketball. The Mustangs are currently coached by Tim Jankovich. In 100 years of basketball, SMU's record is 1319–1190. SMU has reached one Final Four, has made 12 NCAA Tournament Appearances, won 16 Conference Championships, had 11 All-Americans, and 23 NBA Draft selections.
|University||Southern Methodist University|
|All-time record||1,326–1,193 (.526)|
(through the 2016−17 season)
|Head coach||Tim Jankovich (3rd season)|
|Arena||Moody Coliseum |
|Student section||The Mob|
|Colors||Red and Blue|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1955, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1966, 1967|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1955, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1993, 2015, 2017|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1988, 2015, 2017|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1917, 1935, 1937, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1988, 1993, 2015, 2017|
SMU finished the 2016-17 season with a 30-5 record, and won their second conference title in three years. They set the school record for single season wins, and returned to the NCAA Tournament following a postseason ban in the 2015-16 season.
- 1 History
- 2 SMU Career Records
- 3 Season-by-season results
- 4 Postseason
- 5 Notable players
- 6 Awards
- 7 All-Americans
- 8 References
- 9 External links
1916: The BeginningEdit
1916 was the inaugural season of SMU basketball where it went 12-2. SMU joined the Southwest Conference in the 1918-19 season. SMU won its first two conference titles in 1935 and 1937.
1955 –1967: The Doc Hayes Era (Golden Era of Pony Hoops)Edit
Doc Hayes took over as SMU's head coach in 1947. By 1955 Hayes had SMU in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history advancing to the Sweet Sixteen and had won their first conference title in almost 20 years. The four year stretch from 1955–58, SMU went 77-28, won 4 straight Southwest Conference championships, and reached 3 Sweet Sixteen's while also reaching the school's first Final Four in the 1955-56 season, led by All-American Jim Krebs. SMU during the Doc Hayes era won 8 SWC championships and reached the NCAA tournament 6 times including Final Four and Elite Eight appearances. Doc Hayes retired after the 1967 season with a final record of 298–191 (.609) at SMU.
1968-1993: The Fall to MediocrityEdit
Following Doc Hayes, SMU basketball fell down into a period of mediocrity with some sprinkled success highlighted by SMU greats Jon Koncak, Ira Terrell, and Gene Phillips. Though the Bob Prewitt and Sonny Allen eras were largely unsuccessful and only produced one Southwest Conference Championship from a stretch of 1968-1980 the program looked to be back on the rise during the Dave Bliss era. Bliss and star big man Jon Koncak led SMU to 3 NCAA tournament appearances and an NIT appearance. The Dave Bliss era was highlighted by his final season where SMU went 28-7 winning the SWC regular season and tournament championships and making it to the Second round of the NCAA Tournament. SMU would win the SWC Championship and reach the NCAA tournament one more time in the 1993 season under John Shumate, however, this was the start of the Dark Ages of SMU basketball.
1994-2012: The Dark AgesEdit
This period was the dark age for SMU basketball. From 1994-2012 SMU had just 7 winning seasons and did not win any conference titles or reach the NCAA tournament. Only reaching the NIT and CIT one time each.
2012-2016: The Larry Brown EraEdit
The reemergence of SMU basketball occurred when Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown took over the Mustangs in the 2012 season, coinciding with the 48-million dollar renovation of Moody Coliseum. By his second season, he had led SMU to a 27-10 record, and to a championship appearance in the NIT. In his third season, (2014–15) led by Nic Moore, SMU won its first conference title in 22 years (regular season and tournament champions), and returned to the NCAA tournament, losing a controversial game to UCLA on a goaltending call. In the 2015-16 season, SMU was banned from postseason play due to NCAA violations, but still managed to start the season with an unprecedented 18-0 record, peaking at the #8 spot in the AP Poll, and finish the season at 25-5. It was SMU's third straight 25+ win season. In the summer of 2016, Brown stepped down as SMU's basketball coach unexpectedly, finishing with a record of 85–39(.685). He currently holds the third-highest W-L percentage of any head coach in SMU basketball history.
2016-Present: Maintaining Success (Post Larry Brown)Edit
Tim Jankovich took over in the summer of 2016 following the departure of Larry Brown. In his first full season as SMU's head coach, SMU achieved a 30-4 overall record, including a 17-1 in-conference record, and finished ranked #11 in the AP Poll. The Mustangs won the 2016-17 American Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament titles, and received a bid to the NCAA tournament as a 6 seed, where they were upset by 11th seeded USC by one point in the opening round. Following the season, Junior standout Semi Ojeleye announced that he would not be returning for his final year, joining Seniors Sterling Brown and Ben Moore in entering the NBA Draft where both Ojeleye and Brown were selected 37th and 46th overall, respectively. Ben Moore spent 27 games with the G League team, Fort Wayne Mad Ants where he averaged 11.4 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game.  He was recently signed to a two way contract with the Indiana Pacers on January 12th, 2018.  This marks the first time an SMU player has been drafted since 2001.  This is also the first time SMU has ever had 3 players join their first NBA rosters in the same season, topping the previous high of 1. 
SMU Career RecordsEdit
|Rebounds||Jon Koncak – 1,169 rebounds|
|Assists||Butch Moore – 828 assists|
|Steals||Bryan Hopkins – 225 steals|
|Blocks||Jon Koncak – 278 blocks|
|Points Scored||Jeryl Sasser – 1,992 points|
|Career Wins||Sterling Brown – 109 wins|
Under Larry Brown and Tim Jankovich:
|SMU Mustangs (Conference USA) (2012–2013)|
|SMU Mustangs (American Athletic Conference) (2013–present)|
|2013–14||Larry Brown||27–10||12–6||T–3rd||NIT Runner-up|
|2014–15||Larry Brown||27–7||15–3||1st||NCAA Round of 64|
|2015–16||Larry Brown & Tim Jankovich||25–5||13–5||2nd||Ineligible|
|2016–17||Tim Jankovich||30–5||17–1||1st||NCAA Round of 64|
Postseason invitational champion
Complete NCAA Tournament resultsEdit
The Mustangs have appeared in 12 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 10–14.
Regional 3rd Place Game
National 3rd Place Game
Regional 3rd Place Game
|L 65–73 OT|
Regional 3rd Place Game
Regional 3rd Place Game
|1984||No. 9||First Round
|1985||No. 5||First Round
|1988||No. 7||First Round
|1993||No. 10||First Round||BYU||L 71–80|
|2015||No. 6||Second Round||UCLA||L 59–60|
|2017||No. 6||First Round||USC||L 65–66|
The Mustangs have appeared in three National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 4–3.
|1986||First Round||Oklahoma State||L 63–67|
|2000||First Round||Missouri State||L 64–77|
|W 68–54 |
The Mustangs have appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). Their record is 3–1.
|W 64–57 OT|
|Jim Krebs||1957||Former NBA player (1st Round, 3rd Overall), led SMU to Final Four|||
|Rick Herrscher||1958||1958 SWC Player of the Year|||
|Gene Phillips||1971||3 time SWC Player of the Year; Former NBA player|||
|Ira Terrell||1976||Former NBA player (45th Overall) & 1976 SWC POY|||
|Jon Koncak||1985||Former NBA player (1st Round, 5th Overall)|||
|Mike Wilson||1993||1993 SWC Player of the Year|||
|Jeryl Sasser||2001||Former NBA player (1st Round, 22nd Overall), 1998-99 WAC Player of the Year|||
|Quinton Ross||2003||Former NBA player; 2002-03 WAC Player of the Year|||
|Nic Moore||2016||2015 & 2016 AAC Player of the Year; French A League Player for Nanterre 92|||
|Sterling Brown||2017||NBA Player (2nd Round, 46th Overall); Winningest player in SMU History|||
|Semi Ojeleye||2017||2017 AAC Player of the Year; 2017 AP All-American Honorable Mention; NBA Player (2nd Round, 37th Overall)|||
Mustangs and the NBAEdit
NBA draft picksEdit
|^||Denotes players who are currently active in the NBA|
Notable undrafted playersEdit
|Draft year||Player||NBA games played|
|Nic Moore||2015, 2016|
AAC Tournament MVP
AAC Sixth Man of the Year
WAC Player of the Year
SWC Player of the Year
|Gene Phillips||1969, 1970, 1971|
SMU has had 12 All-Americans:
2016-2017 Semi Ojeleye (Jr.)(AP All-American Honorable Mention); 2015–16 Nic Moore (Sr.) (AP All-American Honorable Mention); 2014–15 Nic Moore (Jr.) (AP All-American Honorable Mention); 2002–03 Quinton Ross (Sr.); 1984–85 Jon Koncak (Sr.) (2nd team – Consensus); 1975–76 Ira Terrell (Sr.); 1970–71 Gene Phillips (Sr.); 1969–70 Gene Phillips (Jr.); 1959–60 Max Williams (Sr.); 1956–57 Jim Krebs (Sr.) (1st team – Consensus); 1955–56 Jim Krebs (Jr.); 1934–35 Whitey Baccus (Sr.)
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