DALLAS (SMU) - An SMU-record 22 nationally-televised regular season games and 11 matchups with 2014 NCAA Tournament teams highlight the 2014-15 SMU men's basketball schedule. The Mustangs' third season under Head Coach Larry Brown features 18 games at Moody Coliseum.
SMU hosts defending NCAA Champion Connecticut in an ESPN-televised contest from Moody Coliseum on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. The game at UConn is on CBS on March 1 at noon CT. That is SMU's first game on CBS since the 1993 NCAA Tournament and first regular-season CBS appearance since 1984-85.
"The television schedule is a reflection of the quality of the basketball teams in The American," says Coach Brown. "We have a chance to play great teams in great environments. There are a lot of great opportunities to continue to elevate our program."
The Mustangs have two AAC meetings against NCAA teams Cincinnati, Memphis and Tulsa. In non-conference play, SMU faces Michigan, Gonzaga and Texas Southern from the NCAA Championship field.
The Mustangs' nationally-televised games include nine on ESPN or ESPN2, seven on ESPNU or ESPNews, five on CBS Sports Network and one on CBS. With eight more games awaiting final television selections, the Mustangs could surpass the SMU record of 25 total national broadcasts from last season. Last season, SMU went 27-10 as it reached the NIT title game.
The Mustangs were in the top 25 in four of the last five regular season polls, one of five American Athletic Conference teams ranked in the final week of the regular season. SMU finished tied for third in the inaugural season of The American, going 12-6 with two wins over Connecticut as well as wins over Cincinnati and Memphis.
The Mustangs went 18-1 at home, setting a record for home victories that included a 12-1 mark inside Moody Coliseum. SMU also broke its season attendance record and sold out nine of 13 games in Moody. SMU had the fourth-largest increase in men's basketball attendance in 2013-14 and is second nationally in increased attendance since 2012.