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“The best part of this to me is it brings SMU together,” Brown said of the sold-out home crowds. “The biggest thing is that they appreciate what the players are doing and that’s why (fans) are there, and that’s why they’re enthusiastic, and we want this to be a great home court environment.”

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AP Sports Writers Schuyler Dixon in Dallas and Dave Skretta in Lawrence, Kan., contributed to this report.