SMU Mustangs Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Rob Lanier

Team Mascot: Peruna

Year Opened: 1956

Capacity: 7000

City / State: University Park / Texas

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

SMU Mustangs vs UConn Huskies

Rival Team: UConn Huskies

SMU’s Basketball team has recently started become a major contender in the American Athletic Conference and as a result, a rivalry is emerging between the Mustangs and former Big East powerhouse UConn. The two schools are two of the best in the AAC, so don’t miss it when the Huskies come to town.

SMU Mustangs vs Houston Cougars

Rival Team: Houston Cougars

The rivalry between SMU and Houston on the gridiron is a great one, and the two don’t like each other all that much on the hardwood either. While the football rivalry reigns supreme, there is enough bad blood between SMU and Houston that you’ll be in for a treat when attending an SMU-Houston basketball game.

SMU Mustangs Stadium Guide

In Game

The Mustangs recent meteoric rise and the re-birth of Moody Madness makes attending an SMU basketball game a must for any college hoops fans in the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex. SMU’s recent resurgence on the court has led to Moody Coliseum once again becoming an incredible house of hoops for anyone looking to take in a college basketball game.

Not only have the Mustangs significantly improved on the court of late, but Moody Coliseum itself has also undergone recent updates to make it a top notch facility. The venue offers an intimate atmosphere, and the arena’s small 7,000 seat size means no matter where you’re sitting you’ll be right on top of the action. Moody Coliseum is also home to lots of luxury seating options, so if you’re looking to experience a game in style, then you’re in the right place.

Another great aspect of attending a Mustangs game is the beautiful SMU campus and the surrounding area. Moody Coliseum is located only a few blocks from Mockingbird Station, where you can find lots of dining and shopping options. The venue is also near the DART light rail making it easily accessible and allowing you to see the best downtown Dallas has to offer without having to worry about parking.

An SMU basketball game is an excellent experience for college hoops fans thanks to the resurgence of the program and the recent renovations to Moody Coliseum.

Things to check out

SMU Heritage Exhibit

Check out the SMU Heritage Exhibit to learn more about the history of Mustangs athletics. The displays show off SMU's athletic excellent and is an excellent way to learn more about past Mustangs greats from a variety of sports.

SMU Banners

Hanging above the court are several banners celebrating the Mustangs basketball program’s greatest accomplishments. The banners celebrate the schools one trip to the Final Four in 1956 as well as SMU legends including Krebs and Koncak.

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SMU Team Shop

If you’re looking to pick up a souvenir from your trip, then make sure to stop by the SMU Team Shop. The Team Shop is home to a wide selection of Mustangs gear, so you should be able to find something that strikes your fancy here.


Peruna is the name of both SMU’s live and costumed mascot. The costumed version makes appearances at Mustangs basketball games and is a fun part of the game for fans of all ages. Keep your eyes open for Peruna as you never know what kind of shenanigans he’ll get into next.

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Pony Ears

Show off your SMU pride at basketball games by making pony ears. The hand signal is a great way to show your support for the Mustangs and can easily be done by making a crimped V with your fingers.

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The Mob

The resurgence of the SMU basketball program has bred new life into the SMU student section. The Mob is quickly becoming an incredible student section filled with fans dressed in all kinds of crazy costumes, so enjoy the atmosphere they create at an SMU basketball game.

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Mustang Band

The SMU marching band puts on a great show at football games, and the basketball pep band isn’t too bad either. The Mustang Band keeps the tempo high at basketball games no matter what the score and are a big part of what makes attending an SMU basketball a great experience, so enjoy their tunes when attending a game at Moody Coliseum.

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Fight Songs

  1. Pony Up

    Common saying among SMU fans as well as a way to great fellow fans

    Pony Up!

  2. Peruna (Fight Song)

    Spirits the best in the land
    And right to the end we’ll stand
    For the M-U-S-T-A-N-G-S

  3. Pony Battle Cry

    Here’s to the Red and the Blue
    We’re the Mustangs from SMU
    Give a cheer, give a fight
    There’s victory in sight
    And our battle cry will be
    Spirit’s the best in the land
    And right to the end we’ll stand
    for the M-U-S-T-A-N-G-S

  4. Varsity

    SMU Alma Mater

    O, We see the Varsity, Varsity, Varsity;
    As she towers o’er the hill over there,
    And our hearts are filled with joy,
    SMU, SMU
    Alma mater, We’ll be true forever.

SMU Mustangs Bars & Restaurants

  1. Milo Butterfingers

    Milo Butterfingers

    We have great bar food, cold beer, cocktails, foosball, darts, pool, video games, and over 15 Large HD screens.

    5645 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75206, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  2. Louie Louie’s Piano Bar

    Louie Louies Piano Bar

    A place that has an amazing entertainment, great drinks and good food!

    2605 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. The Barley House

    The Barley House

    The Barley House is where beer is a way of life!

    5612 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75206, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Front Room Tavern

    Front Room Tavern

    Front Room Tavern features upscale, modern Americana dishes in a laid-back setting. We focus on familiar foods you love and give them our own special twist.

    6101 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. The People’s Last Stand

    The Peoples Last Stand

    The casual cool atmosphere at People's compliments our menu and distinguishes us as a timeless locale that's authentically Dallas.

    5319 E Mockingbird Ln #210, Dallas, TX 75206, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. The Green Elephant

    The Green Elephant

    A Dallas underground staple. Doing all kinds of events from charity events, art galleries, local bands, hip hop, national acts, and international DJ's.

    5627 Dyer St, Dallas, TX 75206, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  7. Ozona Grill & Bar

    Ozona Grill Bar fries hotdog

    At Ozona Grill, we take pride in serving our guests mouth-watering dishes. We use only the best, highest quality ingredients to bring the freshest food experience to you.

    4615 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  8. Cafe 43

    Cafe forty three

    Delicious food, great ambiance, and outstanding service!

    2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $$

  9. Peggy Sue BBQ

    Peggy Sue BBQ

    Proud of the meats they smoke and the vegetables prepared daily for you. No less attention is given to the baby back and pork spare ribs!

    6600 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  10. Knife

    Knife steak

    Knife, located in the Highland Dallas, is a reinvention of the steakhouse experience.

    5300 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75205, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$$

  11. East Hampton Sandwich Co

    East Hampton Sandwich Co

    With our fresh baked bread and top of the line salad greens, East Hampton offers the best sandwiches and salads around.

    6912 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. Bandito’s Tex-Mex Cantina

    Banditos Tex Mex Cantina

    If you're craving the original Austin Style Tex Mex taste that hasn't been around since the 1970's and '80's -- You've found it.

    6615 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - $$

  13. Half Shells Oyster Bar & Grill

    Half Shells Oyster Bar Grill

    The restaurant features their neighborhood’s favorite seafood dishes using seasonal ingredients and the bar is welcoming, relaxed & friendly, as it should be.

    6617 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. The Mansion Bar & Restaurant

    The Mansion Bar and Restaurant

    The Mansion Restaurant is the culinary gem of the legendary Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

    2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$$$

  15. Kuby’s Sausage House

    Kubys Sausage House

    As in the old country, only the best ingredients go into the making of Kuby’s meats, sausages, and other gourmet products.

    6601 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205, USA


    Bar website

    european - $

  16. Bubba’s Cooks Country

    Bubbas Cooks Country

    Bubba's serves the SMU and Dallas area with great food in a happy environment.

    6617 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  17. Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana

    Olivellas Neo Pizza Napoletana

    They make pizza the old-fashioned way – the true Italian way, using family recipes for homemade cheese and crust.

    3406 McFarlin Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205, USA

    Bar website

    italian - pizza - $$