SMU basketball players found out they won't be dancing this year.

SMU basketball players found out they won’t be dancing this year. Photo Credit: Beionny Mickles

Despite 23 wins (Four over top-25 opponents) and being ranked as high as 18th in the country, the SMU Mustangs were crushed by the decision of the NCAA tournament selection committee deeming them unworthy to compete for a national title. SMU was doomed by a strength of schedule ranking 137th in the NCAA as well as bad losses to South Florida, Temple and Houston who all hold RPI rankings outside of the top-140. The Mustangs would have maintained a favorable position had they won against Houston in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament, but their loss paired with teams such as NC State and Tennessee gaining ground by playing well in their conference tournaments, made it hard for the committee to accept them. SMU only played three teams out of the top 100 in their non-conference schedule and they lost two of those games to Arkansas and Virginia. The other was a win vs. Wyoming that eventually amounted to nothing as their final RPI ranking was 135. The infographic I posted previously should not have been labeled as a “projection” as it was more so recent history of where teams have been seeded based on wins. It would have been much more accurate had I done this based on RPI which I will be sure to do in the future. As for what’s next, as many predicted, the Mustangs have accepted the number one seed in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and they will square off against Cal-Irvine in Moody Coliseum on Wednesday at 8 pm.


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