DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Just a week after entering the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1985, SMU men’s basketball is back where it began — on the outside looking in.
The No. 23 Mustangs lost to American Athletic Conference opponent Temple on Sunday, 71-64.
The loss follows a 77-65 win over Rutgers on Friday, a game initially scheduled for Thursday night that was postponed due to a snowstorm in the Northeast. SMU was then forced to play at Temple less than 48 hours later.
With the loss, the team moved to 20-6 overall, with all six losses coming away from home.
“We didn’t stay at the Ritz on the Four Seasons. We’ve been on the road six days, and I think we have $41,” Brown joked after the game. “But I don’t want to use that as an excuse.”
SMU, currently third in the AAC with a 9-4 record, returns home to play Houston on Wednesday before traveling to Connecticut for Sunday’s game.
Full AP Standings (2/17/14)
1. Syracuse (64)
2. Florida (1)
3. Wichita St.
6. San Diego St.
10. Saint Louis
13. Michigan St.
17. Iowa St.
24. Ohio St.
Others receiving votes: North Carolina 54, Arizona St. 45, Pittsburgh 21, SMU 21, Stephen F. Austin 8, Oklahoma 7, New Mexico 3, VCU 2, Green Bay 1, Kansas St. 1, Louisiana Tech 1.
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