Select your team from the menu on the left to customize your live scoreboard.

Can Larry Brown Save SMU?

May 1st, 2012

Larry Brown is already among the great pantheon of basketball coaches. He is the only man to win both an NCAA championship and an NBA championship as a head coach. He has taken 11 different teams to the NBA Playoffs, including the Los Angeles Clippers and the Charlotte Bobcats.

There is not much left for Brown to prove in his coaching career. But it is hard to leave the game you love. And Brown had the calling once again.

It shocked many when Brown announced last week that he would become the new head coach at SMU. This was not some blueblood program, nor is it a school to which he has deep ties. Rather, Southern Methodist is a school that has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 1993 and has not won an NCAA Tournament game since 1988, the year Brown led Kansas to a national championship.

The Mustangs had a disappointing season last year, finishing 13-19 and with a 212 RPI. Worse still, all of their wins came against teams with sub-100 RPIs. This was a team that was far off the Tournament radar and had no decent wins on their resume. It seems like Brown is taking on an ultimate long shot.

The Mustangs averaged only 59.7 points per game and had an offensive rating of 97.5. This SMU team struggled to score, although it featured a decent defense that gave up 0.98 points per possession.

So what does Larry Brown have in his cupboard when he begins his work in Dallas?

Read the full post »