Location: Dallas, TX

Conference: American Athletic Conference

Mascot: Mustangs

Coach: Larry Brown

Record: 21-11 (10-8)

Kenpom ranking: 27-6 (15-3)

Good wins (Kenpom ranking): Temple x3 (56) UConn x2 (59)

Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): Indiana (53)

Tournament appearances: 11

Best result: Final Four (1956)

NBA alumni: Quinton Ross, Jon Koncak, Jeryl Sasser

Best name: Cannen Cunningham

Famous alumni: Laura Bush, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Kathy Bates

There's an element of what could've been in SMU's season -- Larry Brown landed the top-rated recruit in the country, Emmanuel Mudiay, but he opted to play professionally in China instead of going to school -- and maybe they could've been truly elite. But they still got to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993. Feels pretty good! Led by point guard Nic Moore, the AAC player of the year, the coasted through the conference for both regular season and tournament titles.

Style of play: Removing the rawness

Larry Brown got himself some tall, athletic people, but tall and athletic people sometimes can't score without assistance. Like 6'11 Angolan senior Yanick Moreira, who's faster than most 6'11 people. He isn't a good shooter from range, and he can't dribble much. The Mustangs shoot less threes than just about anybody in basketball, and are assisted on 63 percent of their made buckets.

Key player: Nic the Quick

If you're shortsighted, it's easy to see why Nic Moore went virtually unrecruited by major programs: he's 5'9. But 5'9 people can't be good at basketball, right? But the Illinois State transfer took a team filled with raw talent and made it into his playground. The point guard is a speedster, a great passer and the only reliable shooter on the Mustangs' roster. Without this 5'9 guy, SMU would be in trouble.

The forgotten brother

There were several reasons Mudiay ended up in China -- money and concerns over his eligibility after attending Deion Sanders' failed high school -- but there was also a big reason he picked SMU: His older brother, Jean-Michael, is a senior guard for the Mustangs. Sadly, he isn't quite as good as his little brother: He's only played 15 minutes this season, and has missed all 10 field goals he's attempted in his SMU career.