DALLAS, Texas - Larry Brown has been in basketball for what feels like no less than 300 years, but on Saturday he experienced a first. His fans rushed the court after his team defeated Cincinnati.
"I remember being at UCLA and Kansas, being on the other end. A lot of people were excited about the losses we had," Brown said. "When you storm the court at home, it makes me realize you have not had much success. I would hope in the future, we're excited because we beat a team we expected to beat."
SMU is ranked No. 23 in the latest AP poll, the first time since the 1984-'85 season. SMU's win against then No. 7 Cincinnati in Dallas on Saturday was SMU's third win over a ranked opponent in a seven-game span.
"When I went to UCLA, I was setting records like crazy," Brown said Monday afternoon. "First coach to lose the opening game. First coach to lose two in a row at Pauley Pavilion. First coach to lose a home game against 'SC. First coach not to finish in the top three in the Pac Eight. I was setting records like crazy. ... This is as flattering as anything I've been associated with."
He may not stay forever, but when he's here, he wins. In his second season in Dallas, SMU is 19-5, and 8-3 in the American Athletic Conference.
SMU has not lost at home, and this morning sold out its final three remaining home games as students were in tents waiting to buy tickets. On Monday, there was actually a decent sized media pack to talk to Brown and several of the players.
"To see the excitement from the students and our fans that has been much better than I ever expected," Brown said.
Who cares if his humility is an act? This is what he's done pretty much everywhere he goes - win.
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