After stumbling to a losing record in 2018-2019, SMU might’ve over-achieved going 19-11 last year. That solid performance, combined with a full deck of scholarships and several key players returning has fans thinking a return to the NCAA Tournament is not out of the question this year.
SMU has seen slow but steady improvement over three years, going from 10 wins, to 11 wins and up to a 13-16 overall mark a year ago. Travis Mays is hopeful this campaign is the one where the Mustangs have that breakout fans have been waiting for.
In many ways, 2019-2020 was a step back for TCU after three straight winning seasons that included a NIT title in 2017. The main culprits were TCU’s inability to win away (2-11 in road/neutral games) and a lack of offensive consistency.
Raegen Pebley’s squad posted their third straight 20-win season a year ago and appeared well on their way to the NCAA Tournament before COVID-19 canceled the season. TCU finished 22-7, but the majority of that team has graduated.
After back-to-back 20-win seasons, the UTA Lady Mavericks had to quickly shift course in August to bring in Vanderbilt assistant Shereka Wright to take over a program ready to continue rolling after Krista Gerlich left for Texas Tech.
The Mavericks suffered several agonizing losses a year ago dropping seven games by six points or less, including a one-point loss in the opening round of the Sun Belt Tournament. The Mavs will be laser-focused on closing that gap this year.
After withstanding self-imposed scholarship restrictions the past few years, things came crashing down in 2018-2019 as injuries and the lack of depth were key in a 15-17 record a year ago, SMU’s first losing season in six years.
There’s no doubt 2018-2019 was a rebuilding year for Travis Mays’ squad as the Mustangs fielded one of the youngest teams in the nation a year ago. Four starters are back and there’s plenty of experience in the fold as SMU looks to try and get back into one of the top four spots in the American Athletic Conference.
With back-to-bback winning seasons under its belt, North Texas head coach Jalie Mitchell is hoping a much younger, but no less talented squad can take the Mean Green to new heights.