Pony up: SMU No. 1 in ASN Men’s Preseason Top 25

n:CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 3: Head coach Larry Brown of the SMU Mustangs talks to his players during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena on January 3, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated SMU 56-50. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

SMU is ineligible for postseason play, but a few NCAA penalties aren’t going to stop the Mustangs from chasing a regular-season championship in the American Athletic Conference.

Picked first in the AAC’s preseason poll, SMU is also No. 1 in the ASN Men’s Preseason Top 25. But keep an eye on Cincinnati, Dayton, Rhode Island, UAB and Valparasio.



Above: Larry Brown of the SMU Mustangs talks to his players during a Jan. 3 game against Cincinnati. The Mustangs are No. 1 in the ASN Men’s Preseason Top 25 with Cincinnati No. 4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) 
Mark Adams

Mark Adams

Mark Adams is a college basketball analyst for American Sports Network and on the ESPN family of networks. Adams was a college basketball coach for 17 years who was known as a program rebuilder. During those years, he took over programs that were a combined 28-54 (.341) in the season prior to his arrival compared to his combined final season record at those same three schools of 59-32 (.648). In addition to his coaching career, Adams was the director of athletics at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. In his spare time, Adams has written eight books, most recently, “Why We Win- Followership and Leadership Strategies for Team Success,” “Redwoods- Spread Your Roots and Coach Your Team to Success!” “Winning in Overtime: Championship Sales Strategies From a Championship Coach!” and two children’s stories titled: “Bucky’s Best Friend” and “A Boy Named Bucky.” Adams is a national motivational speaker, published author, business consultant and was recently inducted into the Rocky Mountain College athletic Ring of Honor. Basketball Coaching Experience 1991-96: Head Coach, Central Connecticut State University (led country in blocked shots 1995 and 1996 1989-91: Assistant Coach, Washington State University 1985-89: Head Coach, Western Oregon University, (West Division Champions) 1982-85: Head Coach, Rocky Mountain College, Montana, (NAIA National Tournament Bid) 1979-82: Assistant Coach, Idaho State University under Lynn Archibald