The championship of the Las Vegas Classic features unbeaten and 18th ranked SMU (10-0) versus the 11-1 Colorado Buffaloes, who have reeled off eleven straight wins.

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SMU head coach Larry Brown, who returned last night from a nine-game suspension, faces one of his former players in Colorado coach Tad Boyle. Mustangs coach-in-waiting Tim Jankovich led the team until Brown returned for Tuesday’s 90-74 victory over Kent State, the team’s fifth in a row by double digits. SMU has won those by an average of 34.2 points en route to matching its 10-0 start from 1997-98.

“I was so excited to walk in the dressing room, and more excited seeing the staff and seeing the kids,” Brown said. “I told (the players) our goal is to get better in practice and to get better in every game, to represent our conference and school.

The Mustangs will likely need another high-powered effort against Colorado, which is off to its best start since 1941-42, when it began 14-0 and eventually went to the Final Four.

The Buffaloes are lacking in national attention, only beginning to receive votes in the AP Top 25, but that does not mean they aren’t capable of knocking off the Mustangs from the ranks of the unbeaten’s. 

Boyle played in the first two of Brown’s five seasons with the Jayhawks and was team captain as a senior. Colorado has scrimmaged SMU in each of the last four seasons but this matchup will resonate even more.

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(Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports)

“He shaped me as a coach, without a doubt,” Boyle told the school’s official website. “When I think of my basketball philosophy and value system, my core values, it traces back to Larry Brown and Larry Hicks, my high school coach.”

The Buffaloes are facing SMU for the first time since a 70-67 road loss Jan. 5, 2009, and are 4-2 in the all-time series.

If Colorado can shoot from three like they have to start the season (44%) and if they get big man Josh Scott involved (18+ PPG) they will have a chance to earn a real resume boosting win as they head into Pac-12 conference play.

Prediction: SMU 88 Colorado 85

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