SMU still has work to do to make the NCAA Tournament. With Sunday’s loss to Temple, the Mustangs dropped out of the Top-25 and down 10 spots in the RPI to 49. The RPI is used by the NCAA Tournament Committee to help determine seedings. SMU (20-6 9-4 in the American Athletic Conference) is 3-1 against top-25 teams this season, with wins over then-No. 17 Connecticut, then-No. 22 Memphis and then-No. 7 Cincinnati. But the wins have been coupled with losses. After beating Cincinnati, the Mustangs last week made their first appearance in the poll since 1985, at No. 23. They followed with a victory at Rutgers before the Temple loss last Sunday. Their win over Memphis was preceded by a loss to South Florida. And the UConn victory was sandwiched between losses to ranked teams Cincinnati and Louisville. The Mustangs return to action on Wednesday against Houston. They are 13-0 at home, including 7-0 at Moody Coliseum. All three remaining home games are sold out. But they have a tough closing stretch with three of their final five games against ranked opponents UConn (Feb. 23), Louisville (March 5) and Memphis (March 8). UConn and Memphis are on the road.
SMU drops out of Top-25 and to 49 in RPI
Dallas Morning News | Feb 18