SMU Announces 2017-18 Schedule

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, September 16th, 2017

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DALLAS (SMU) – SMU men’s basketball, the reigning American Athletic Conference champions, announced its schedule on Thursday. The Mustangs open the season at home Nov. 10 versus UMBC and begin conference play against UCF in Moody Coliseum on Dec. 27.

The non-conference schedule is highlighted by the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas (Nov. 22-24), home games with USC (Dec. 2) and Boise State (Dec. 18), and a road matchup at TCU (Dec. 5). The Mustangs open the Battle 4 Atlantis with Northern Iowa in a field that also includes Arizona, North Carolina State, Villanova, Tennessee, Purdue and Western Kentucky. The season begins with four games at Moody Coliseum in the first nine days: UMBC (Nov. 10), ULM (Nov. 12), Northwestern State (Nov. 15) and UAPB (Nov. 18).

The 18-game league schedule includes home-and-home sets with Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, Tulane, UCF, USF and Wichita State. The Mustangs also host Memphis and Temple, while only facing Connecticut and Tulsa on the road. The American Men’s Basketball Championship is March 8-11 (Thursday-Sunday) at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Head Coach Tim Jankovich enters his second season leading the Mustangs, after SMU finished No. 11 in the Associated Press Poll, sweeping the American Athletic Conference season and tournament championships en route to an NCAA Tournament berth. The Mustangs won a program-record 30 games (30-5) that included going 17-1 in conference play and 18-0 in Moody Coliseum. SMU has won 22 straight at home overall, which is the fourth-longest active streak nationally. The Mustangs had two of the longest winning streaks in program history at 16 games (third) and 10 games (tied fourth) in a stretch that saw 26 victories in 27 outings. It was the second AAC season and tournament sweep by the Mustangs in the three seasons.

SMU returns three of its six-man rotation from last season including All-AAC selection Shake Milton, starter Jarrey Foster and AAC Sixth Man of the Year Ben Emelogu IIJimmy Whitt joins the rotation after sitting out last season as a transfer along with returnee James Pyle. Newcomers Akoy AgauEverett RayElijah LandrumEthan ChargoisWilliam DouglasJahmal McMurray and Luke Wilfong round out the 2017-18 roster. Isiaha Mike will sit out the season after transferring from Duquesne.

The Mustangs’ schedule includes at least 24 games on the ESPN family of networks and WatchESPN, and four matchups on CBS Sports Network. At least six regular season AAC games are slated for ESPN or ESPN2.
For ticket information or to be added to the season ticket waiting list, call 214-SMU-GAME (214-768-4263) or email tickets@smu.edu.

Day Date Opponent Time TV
Fri. Nov. 10 UMBC 7 p.m. ESPN3
Sun. Nov. 12 ULM 3 p.m. ESPN3
Wed. Nov. 15 Northwestern State 7 p.m. ESPN3
Sat. Nov. 18 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7 p.m. ESPN3
Battle 4 Atlantis (Nassau, Bahamas – Villanova, Tennessee, Arizona,
Purdue, Western Kentucky, N.C. State, Northern Iowa)
Wed. Nov. 22 vs. Northern Iowa 8:30 p.m.
Thu. Nov. 23 vs. Arizona/N.C. State
Fri. Nov. 24 vs. TBD
Tue. Nov. 28 UT-Rio Grande Valley 7 p.m. ESPN3
Sat. Dec. 2 USC 9 p.m. ESPNU
Tue. Dec. 5 at TCU
Wed. Dec. 13 New Orleans 7 p.m. ESPN3
Mon. Dec. 18 Boise State 8 p.m. ESPNU
Tue. Dec. 19 Cal Poly 7 p.m. ESPN3
Wed. Dec. 27 UCF * 8 p.m. ESPN2
Sun. Dec. 31 USF * 7 p.m. ESPNU
Thu. Jan. 4 at Tulane * 8 p.m. ESPNU
Sun. Jan. 7 at Cincinnati * 5 p.m. ESPN2
Wed. Jan. 10 Temple * 8 p.m. CBSSN
Wed. Jan. 17 at Wichita State * 6 p.m. ESPNU
Sat. Jan. 20 Tulane * 5 p.m. ESPNEWS
Thu. Jan. 25 at Connecticut * 6 p.m. CBSSN
Sun. Jan. 28 East Carolina * 1 p.m. CBSSN
Thu. Feb. 1 at Tulsa * 7 p.m. CBSSN
Thu. Feb. 8 at Houston * 8 p.m. ESPN2
Sun. Feb. 11 Cincinnati * 3 p.m. ESPN
Wed. Feb. 14 Memphis * 8 p.m. ESPNU
Sat. Feb. 17 at UCF * 10 a.m. ESPNU
Wed. Feb. 21 at East Carolina * 6 p.m. ESPNEWS
Sat. Feb. 24 Wichita State * 1 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
Wed. Feb. 28 Houston * 8 p.m. ESPN2
Sun. March 4 at USF * 1 p.m. ESPNEWS
March 8-11 American Athletic Conference Championship (Orlando, Fla. – Amway Center)

Complete Schedule: http://smumustangs.com/schedule.aspx?schedule=206

* American Athletic Conference game
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Dates and times subject to change

SMU Men’s Basketball Program Notes
1st – Wins in AAC play since start of 2014-15 (45-9)
2 – AAC season & tournament title sweeps in the past 3 seasons (2014-15, 2016-17)
2 – Selections in the 2017 NBA Draft (Semi OjeleyeSterling Brown)
3 – Consecutive AAC Players of the Year/All-Americans (Nic Moore 2015, 2016; Semi Ojeleye 2017)
3 – Consecutive AAC Sixth Man of the Year Awards (Markus Kennedy 2015, 2016; Ben Emelogu II 2017)
4 – Home losses since the start of 2013-14 (72 games)
4 – Straight seasons over 100,000 home attendance (top 4 in program history)
5th – SMU rank in NCAA win percentage from 2014-17 (.828, 82-17)
14 – One of 14 programs to be ranked in the AP top 20 each of the past four seasons
22 – Consecutive home wins, fourth active in NCAA (18-0 in 2016-17)
23 – Won 23 straight non-conference home games (3rd SMU history)
49 – Sellouts in 66 games Moody Coliseum since the renovation
50-3 – Record at Moody Coliseum since the start of 2014-15

 

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