DALLAS (SMU) – The SMU men’s basketball team is ranked No. 19 in the Associated
Press Top 25 and No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Mustangs (22-4, 12-1 American Athletic Conference) climbed from No. 25 in the AP Poll, and into the Coaches Poll for the first time after receiving votes for five straight weeks. SMU won 66-50 at Temple Thursday, before a 60-51 win over then-No. 11 Cincinnati Sunday.
In the last 19 games, SMU has held each opponent to 66 points or less. SMU has averaged 72.6 points in that span, while holding opponents to 55.3 per game (+17.3 scoring margin) and 37.4 percent from the field. For the season, SMU ranks third in the nation in scoring defense (58.0), 12th in field goal defense (38.4) and third in rebound margin (+10.9).
Junior forward Semi Ojeleye was named the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. Ojeleye averaged 24.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocks Ojeleye, a junior from Ottawa, Kansas had a career-high 30 points (8-16 FG, 4-8 3FG, 10-11 FT) with 10 rebounds in the win at Temple. He followed the performance with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and a block in the victory over Cincinnati.
The Mustangs host Tulane Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT (TV: American Sports Network/WatchESPN; Audio: KAAM 770 AM/TuneIn).
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