2013-14 Preview: SMU Mustangs
With deep, talented roster, Larry Brown and the Mustangs could rise
- Cooper Neill/Getty ImagesLarry Brown and the talent-rich Mustangs could surprise in 2013-14.
2012-13: 15-17 (5-11 Conference USA)
In-conference offense: 1.01 points per possession (8th in C-USA)
In-conference defense: 1.02 points allowed per possession (6th in C-USA)
Larry Brown and stability fit about as well together as water and oil. So if there's one program that could still promise to look fundamentally different despite returning all five starters, it's Brown's SMU Mustangs.
The famously transient coach's mission was massive when he arrived at SMU, requiring a major upgrade in talent. So even though he rode his starters hard last season -- each averaged at least 32 minutes per game -- five newcomers will push them for their jobs in 2013-14. "I don't know if any of last year's starters will start," Brown said. "We didn't have any competition for minutes last year. Now they will earn the right to play."
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