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Southern Methodist Mustangs

No longer perfect, NCAA-banned No. 13 SMU still AAC leader

With no postseason possibility because of NCAA penalties, No. 13 SMU was looking for a perfect season.

Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown never got caught up in talk about going undefeated, but some of his players had openly discussed the goal of winning every game they played.

Well, now the best the Mustangs can do is win 29 of their 30 regular-season games before being done the first Sunday in March, before the American Athletic Conference tournament and a week before Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament.

"We're still the only team in the country with one loss," Brown said.

SMU (18-1, 7-1 American) stayed undefeated longer than any other Division...