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SMU Mustangs men's basketball

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SMU Mustangs
2019–20 SMU Mustangs men's basketball team
SMU Mustang logo.svg
UniversitySouthern Methodist University
First season1916
All-time record1,326–1,193 (.526)
(through the 2016−17 season)
Head coachTim Jankovich (4th season)
ConferenceThe American
LocationDallas, Texas
ArenaMoody Coliseum
(Capacity: 7,000)
Student sectionThe Mob
ColorsRed and Blue[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
NCAA Tournament Final Four
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1956, 1967
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

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.[2]

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.[3]


1916: The Beginning

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)

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 Mediocrity

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 Ages

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 Era

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 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.[4]

2016-Present: Maintaining Success (Post Larry Brown)

SMU in action against the Tulane Green Wave in 2018
SMU in action against the Tulane Green Wave in 2018

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.[5] 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.[6] Following the season, Junior standout Semi Ojeleye announced that he would not be returning for his final year,[7] 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.[8] He was recently signed to a two way contract with the Indiana Pacers on January 12, 2018.[9] This marks the first time an SMU player has been drafted since 2001.[10] 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.[11]

SMU Career Records

Games Played
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[12]
Career Wins Sterling Brown – 109 wins

Season-by-season results

Under Larry Brown and Tim Jankovich:[13]

Statistics overview
Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
SMU Mustangs (Conference USA) (2012–2013)
2012–13 Larry Brown 15–17 5–11 11th
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
2017–18 Tim Jankovich 17–16 6–12 9th
Total: 140–57 (.711)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Complete NCAA Tournament results

The Mustangs have appeared in 12 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 10–14.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1955 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
L 79–81
L 67–68
1956 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Texas Tech
Oklahoma City
San Francisco
W 68–67
W 89–74
W 84–63
L 68–86
L 81–90
1957 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Saint Louis
L 65–73 OT
W 78–68
1965 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Wichita State
L 81–86
W 89–87
1966 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
L 70–76
W 89–84
1967 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
W 83–81
L 75–83
1984 No. 9 First Round
Second Round
Miami (OH)
W 83–69
L 36–37
1985 No. 5 First Round
Second Round
Old Dominion
W 85–68
L 57–70
1988 No. 7 First Round
Second Round
Notre Dame
W 83–75
L 79–94
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

NIT results

The Mustangs have appeared in three National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 4–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1986 First Round Oklahoma State L 63–67
2000 First Round Missouri State L 64–77
2014 First Round
Second Round
UC Irvine
W 68–54
W 80–67
W 67–65
W 65–59
L 63–65

CIT results

The Mustangs have appeared in one Postseason Tournament (CIT). Their record is 3–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2011 First Round
Second Round
Oral Roberts
Northern Iowa
Santa Clara
W 64–57 OT
W 63–62
W 57–50
L 55–72

Notable players


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Jim Krebs 1957 Former NBA player (1st Round, 3rd Overall), led SMU to Final Four [14][15]
Rick Herrscher 1958 1958 SWC Player of the Year [16]
Gene Phillips 1971 3 time SWC Player of the Year; Former NBA player [16]
Ira Terrell 1976 Former NBA player (45th Overall) & 1976 SWC POY [16]
Jon Koncak 1985 Former NBA player (1st Round, 5th Overall) [17]
Mike Wilson 1993 1993 SWC Player of the Year [16]
Jeryl Sasser 2001 Former NBA player (1st Round, 22nd Overall), 1998-99 WAC Player of the Year [18][19]
Quinton Ross 2003 Former NBA player; 2002-03 WAC Player of the Year [20][19]
Nic Moore 2016 2015 & 2016 AAC Player of the Year; French A League Player for Nanterre 92 [21]
Sterling Brown 2017 NBA Player (2nd Round, 46th Overall); Winningest player in SMU History [21]
Semi Ojeleye 2017 2017 AAC Player of the Year; 2017 AP All-American Honorable Mention; NBA Player (2nd Round, 37th Overall) [22]

Mustangs and the NBA

NBA draft picks

^ Denotes players who are currently active in the NBA
Year Round Pick Player Selected by NBA games played
1949 Bob Prewitt New York Knicks 0
1951 7 68 Jack Brown Rochester Royals 0
1957 1 3 Jim Krebs Minneapolis Lakers 515
1957 10 98 Bobby Mills St. Louis Hawks 0
1958 6 47 Rick Herrscher St. Louis Hawks 0
1961 9 83 Steve Strange Chicago Packers 0
1962 4 35 Jan Loudermilk Los Angeles Lakers 0
1964 4 34 Gene Elmore San Francisco Warriors 0
1966 6 52 Carroll Hooser Detroit Pistons 56
1967 7 74 Charlie Beasley Cincinnati Royals 281
1969 16 196 Bill Voight Milwaukee Bucks 0
1969 17 202 Lynn Phillips Milwaukee Bucks 0
1971 7 119 Gene Phillips Milwaukee Bucks 31
1974 6 97 Sammy Hervey Atlanta Hawks 0
1976 3 45 Ira Terrell Phoenix Suns 127
1980 2 45 Brad Branson Detroit Pistons 72
1985 1 5 Jon Koncak Atlanta Hawks 784
1985 5 113 Carl Wright Philadelphia 76ers 0
1986 6 125 Kevin Lewis San Antonio Spurs 0
1987 5 105 Terry Williams Golden State Warriors 0
2001 1 22 Jeryl Sasser Orlando Magic 82
2017 2 37 Semi Ojeleye^ Boston Celtics 53
2017 2 46 Sterling Brown^ Philadelphia 76ers 34
2018 2 54 Shake Milton^ Dallas Mavericks 20

Notable undrafted players

Draft year Player NBA games played
1948 Roy Pugh 23
1967 Denny Holman 46
1988 Carlton McKinney 9
2003 Quinton Ross 458
2016 Nic Moore 0
2017 Ben Moore^ 2


AAC Player of the Year

Player Year(s)
Nic Moore 2015, 2016
Semi Ojeleye 2017

AAC Tournament MVP

Player Year(s)
Markus Kennedy 2015
Semi Ojeleye 2017

AAC Sixth Man of the Year

Player Year(s)
Markus Kennedy 2016
Ben Emelogu 2017

WAC Player of the Year

Player Year(s)
Jeryl Sasser 1999
Quinton Ross 2003

SWC Player of the Year

Player Year(s)
Rick Herrscher 1958
Denny Holman 1967
Gene Phillips 1969, 1970, 1971
Ira Terrell 1976
Mike Wilson 1993


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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  2. ^ "Southern Methodist". College Basketball at Retrieved 2016-04-07.
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  7. ^ Evan Daniels [@EvanDaniels] (12 May 2017). "SMU's Semi Ojeleye plans to sign with an agent and stay in the NBA Draft, per a source. Averaged 19 PPG & 6.9 RPG last season" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  9. ^ "Report: Former SMU standout Ben Moore signs two-way deal with Indiana Pacers". 12 January 2018.
  10. ^ FOX. "Two SMU basketball players selected in 2017 NBA Draft".
  11. ^ "Southern Methodist Players in the NBA - RealGM".
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