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SMU in Top 25 For First Time in 30 Years

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It has been nearly three decades, but the Southern Methodist University (SMU) men's basketball team is back in the top 25. The Mustangs are ranked No. 23 in The Associated Press poll, the program's first such ranking since the 1984-85 season.

The reward comes after SMU (19-5), led by second-year head coach Larry Brown, defeated then-No. 7 Cincinnati over the weekend 76-53 at home. It was the third win over a ranked team in their last seven. The Mustangs also defeated then-No. 17 Connecticut and then-No. 22 Memphis in American Athletic Conference matchups.

With SMU joining the ranks of the nations best, they become the fifth team from the American to enjoy a top 25 ranking. That mark ties the Big 10 for the most of any conference.

Syracuse (23-0) remained the unanimous number-one team, receiving all 65 first-place votes. Arizona (23-1), Florida (21-2), Wichita State (25-0) and San Diego State (21-1) round out the top five.

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