Believe it or not, SMU is good. In fact, they are quite good. Vegas pegged Louisville favorites by 2.5, which doesn’t sound like much, but for the record, we are the first conference opponent to be favored to beat them at home this season. After this past Saturday, (what can only be described as a total meltdown) this is as close to a “must win” game as we have had this season. Of course, regardless of a win or loss, we are firmly planted in the tournament, but we are playing for seeding. We need a win to try and play as close to home as possible.
SMU can win at home. They have showed it all season long. They beat UCONN at home by 9. They blew out Memphis by 15 and totally decimated Cincinnati by 21. Just last week, they finished off sweeping UCONN by beating them on the road by 9. Larry Brown has SMU firmly planted atop the leaders of the AAC and this is by no means an easy win.
This team will beat someone in the NCAA tournament simply because they are overlooked. Louisville fans, don’t get caught off guard this team if for real. Not only do the players want to beat us, but the fans are flocking to help their team. A season ticket price for SMU basketball was $125, and the cheapest ticket on StubHub was $167, so you can guarantee that place will be very hostile. Lets hope the team is focused and up for the challenge. Game is at 7pm on CBS Sports Network.
Time to start a new streak! 11 games and counting! L1C4