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SMU Enters Top 25 For First Time Since 1985

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The SMU men’s basketball team knocked off a top-10 opponent on Saturday for the first time since 1987. Now, they’ve accomplished something that has happened in nearly 30 years.

SMU (19-5, 8-3 American) is ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll released on Monday, entering the ranking for the first time since March 12, 1985.

After Saturdays’ 76-55 win over then No. 7 Cincinnati, the Mustangs are 3-1 against teams ranked in the top-25. The victory marked the first win over a top-10 team since the Mustangs defeated No. 7 Florida on Dec. 3, 1987 at Reunion Arena.

“At the beginning of the year, we knew that we believed in each other, but not a lot of people did,” said senior guard Russell after Saturday’s win. “I’m sure nobody expected us to be here. We knew what we had: We’ve got a great coach, a great coaching staff — the sky’s the limit.”

The team is 13-0 at home this season — including 7-0 at Moody Coliseum — their best home record since 1999-00 season. The school has sold out four of seven games since the renovated Moody Coliseum was opened on Jan. 4.

Larry Brown’s team opens a two-game road trip on Thursday, playing at Rutgers. The Mustangs then play Sunday at Temple, before returning home to host Houston on Wednesday.

Five American Athletic Conference teams appeared in the poll, tying the Big Ten for most by a conference.

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