Larry Brown has led the Mustangs to a 22-6 record this season
Feb. 27, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) - SMU head coach Larry Brown was named a finalist for the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year award given by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Brown, who is in his second season on the Hilltop, has led the No. 23/24 Mustangs to a 22-6 record, including 4-1 against ranked opponents. SMU is third in the American Athletic Conference at 11-4. In his basketball career, Brown played for Iba on the 1964 USA Gold Medal Team (Tokyo).
In 2013-14, SMU has been ranked in the AP Poll for the first time since the 1984-85 season, ranked in the USA Today Coaches' Poll for the first time in program history and defeated four ranked teams for the first time since 1955-56. The Mustangs have also posted the top NCAA RPI turnaround from 2012-13 to 2013-14, improving their mark 177 spots from 213 a year ago to 36 in the latest release (Feb. 24).
SMU is perfect in 14 home games (8-0 in Moody Coliseum) and have sold out seven home games, the most since Moody Coliseum first opened in 1956. Notable victories for the Mustangs this season include a 76-55 win over then-No. 7/7 Cincinnati (Feb. 8), the program's first over a team in the AP top-10 since 1987-88, and its first on-campus AP top-10 win since 1966-67. SMU's win over then-No. 17/15 Connecticut in the Moody Coliseum re-opening was its first over a ranked opponent since the 2003-04 season.
SMU has three regular season games remaining. The Mustangs host UCF on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT (ESPNews) followed by No. 7/4 Louisville on March 5 at 6 p.m. CT (CBS Sports Network). SMU's final two home games are sold out. SMU concludes the regular season at No. 21/22 Memphis on March 8 at 11 a.m. CT (ESPN2).
USBWA Henry Iba Coach of the Year Finalists
John Beilein (Michigan)
Tony Bennett (Virginia)
Larry Brown (SMU)
Jim Crews (Saint Louis)
Mick Cronin (Cincinnati)
Billy Donovan (Florida)
Steve Fisher (San Diego State)
Gregg Marshall (Wichita State)
Greg McDermott (Creighton)
Jay Wright (Villanova)