Here are the five games you won’t want to miss this basketball season:
vs. Michigan (12/08/15)
SMU’s game against Michigan is the team’s first big game and arguably the most important non-conference game of the season. Moody is always loud, but against a team with this much history and prestige, it will certainly be rocking. How SMU plays against a likely ranked Michigan team will set the tone for the Mustangs early in the season.
Connecticut (2/18/16 & 3/03/16)
This matchup has quickly developed into a rivalry in the last couple years of AAC play. In the first game, UConn will certainly be looking to avenge last season’s AAC Tournament loss and prove that they are the conference favorites. If SMU can win the second matchup, they can finish the season on a high note and carry the momentum into the following season.
at Cincinnati (3/06/16)
This is SMU’s last game of the season against a formidable Cincinnati team. After finishing last season with a loss to Kentucky during March Madness, Cincinnati will look to carry on its momentum from last season into this one and break into the Sweet 16. Depending on the AAC standings, a win against the Bearcats, complemented by a win against the Huskies just days before, could decide the regular season conference title and would likely play in the Mustangs’ favor with recruits.
vs. Gonzaga (2/13/16)
Gonzaga ended last season in the Elite Eight against Duke, the team that ultimately won the National Championship. The Mustangs should have all the motivation they need following last year’s loss to the Zags. If SMU can beat Gonzaga, they would show the country, and recruits, that the SMU program is capable of competing with the best in the country.