SMU is ranked for 1st time since 1985

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Breaking down this week’s Associated Press college basketball poll:

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SMU RETURNS: Even Larry Brown was young the last time SMU was ranked.

In their second season under the 73-year-old Hall of Fame coach, the Mustangs moved into the Top 25 for the first time since the next-to-last poll of 1984-85, a season when they reached as high as No. 2.

SMU (19-5) moved in off a 76-53 victory over then-No. 7 Cincinnati, a win that snapped the Bearcats’ 15-game winning streak.

It was the Mustangs’ third win over a ranked team in a seven-game span since they moved back into a renovated Moody Coliseum five weeks ago.

Before the streak SMU hadn’t beaten a ranked team since December 2003 and the last time the Mustangs beat more than one ranked team in a season was 1984-85 when Jon Koncak was the star player and Dave Bliss was the head coach.

SMU’s other wins over ranked teams this season were then-No. 17 Connecticut and then-No. 22 Memphis, like Cincinnati, all American Athletic Conference games.

“I think I’m happy for all of (the players) because they’ve been talking about this since the beginning of the season,” Brown said Monday. “And we’ve had some chances to get ourselves in that position, but to finally get there and when you look back and see that we were able to beat Memphis, Temple and Cincinnati in a week. If you look at those three programs and what they’ve been able to accomplish over the years, that’s a huge step for us.”

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QUICK TRIP: The week’s other newcomers to the poll are teams that have spent all but last week in the Top 25.

No. 21 Wisconsin, which beat No. 9 Michigan State on Sunday, had been ranked all season until falling out last week. The Badgers had reached as high as No. 3 as they opened the season 16-0. They lost five of their next seven and the win over Michigan State snapped a three-game home losing streak.

No. 22 Ohio State also came back after falling out of the poll for one week. The Buckeyes, who were No. 11 in the preseason Top 25, reached as high as No. 3 by starting the season 15-0. Last week’s win over Purdue was Ohio State’s third straight win after losing five of six.

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SEE YA: Oklahoma State’s rough stretch continued with the Cowboys being knocked out of the Top 25.

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