Nikki’s Numbers: SMU’s week in sports by the numbers
1 – The SMU spring football game is on Saturday, April 18 with kick-off at 1 p.m. The hype for new head coach Chad Morris’ “tempo” offense has been off the charts and now it’s time for him to showcase the new squad. Disclaimer: Don’t everyone get super bummed if the team doesn’t go from zero to 100 in less than a season, ok?
In addition to the action on the field, the stadium will have bounce houses, food trucks, facepainting and a photo booth. Fans will be able to meet the coaches and players after the game, and former SMU players turned NFL stars will also be signing autographs. The gates to Ford Stadium will open at noon and admission is free!
2 – The SMU men’s golf team placed second at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at the Ohio State University Golf Club on Sunday. Junior Bryson Dechambeau led the way for SMU in the final round, carding a 2-under 69 to tie for third on the individual leaderboard. The win with a score of 294 was their fourth top-two finish of the season.
Next up for the Mustangs is the American Athletic Conference Championships, where the squad will be looking to defend its inaugural title from a year ago. The tournament will take place April 26-28 at the Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Florida.
4 – The fourth seeded SMU women’s tennis team will take on fifth seeded Memphis on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Championship at 12 p.m. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Houston is the top-seeded team, while Tulane is second and Tulsa third. Houston, Tulane and Memphis are the Mustangs’ three conference losses. The 15-6 Mustangs lost to Memphis 4-0 away on April 3 during the regular season, but are out for revenge over the 9-13 Tigers. Should SMU beat Memphis, they’ll move on to play either Houston, UConn or East Carolina in the semi finals on Friday at noon.
65 – The SMU men’s tennis team was led to victory by senior Arturs Kazijevs, who was honored pre-match for his career at SMU. Kazijevs, a native of Riga, Latvia, gave SMU its first point of the match with a quick 6-0, 6-2, win at No. 2 singles over Max Andrews. Kezijevs’ win was the 65th win in singles in his career at SMU and his 10th of the season. The Mustangs defeated Rice 4-2 to make their record 18-8 this season. SMU will next take aim at the American Athletic Conference Championships in Tulsa, Okla., April 16-19.