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SMU basketball returns to AP poll at No. 23 after win at UCONN

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SMU basketball is ranked No. 23 in the new Associated Press Top 25 poll out Monday thanks to a big road win on Sunday at the University of Connecticut.

The Mustangs led wire to wire against the Huskies and earned a 64-55 win over then-No. 21 UCONN. It was the first time SMU had defeated a Top 25 team on the road since 2003. It's also the fourth SMU win over a Top 25 team this season.

SMU students greeted the team bus when it returned to campus late Sunday night.

"It's all good vibes all the way around. It's good to see the players around campus and congratulate them," said student Teddy Richardson. "It's pretty exciting."

SMU was ranked in the Top 25 for one week before falling out of the poll last week due to a loss to last place American Athletic Conference team Temple. But SMU rebounded with wins over Houston and UCONN to return to the Top 25.

SMU is also now ranked No. 24 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll, the first time it has ever been ranked in that poll.

The win at UCONN makes SMU a near-lock according to many college basketball analysts for their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1993.

SMU has three games left in the regular season – March 1 vs UCF, March 5 vs No. 7 Louisville and March 8 at No. 21 Memphis. Both the home games at Moody Coliseum are sold out, with tickets going for more than double on the secondary market.

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