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Moody magic: Larry Brown gets SMU Mustangs in the Top 25 in less than 2 full seasons

  • An SMU player gets caught in the melee after fans stormed the court following an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Dallas. SMU defeated Cincinnati 76-55. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Brad Loper) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALES

    An SMU player gets caught in the melee after fans stormed the court following an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Dallas. SMU defeated Cincinnati 76-55. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Brad Loper) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • SMU Mustangs center Yanick Moreira (35) blocks a shot by Cincinnati Bearcats guard Sean Kilpatrick (23) in the first half of American Athletic Conference NCCA Basketball action at Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus in University Park, Texas on Saturday, February 8, 2014. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Brad Loper)

    SMU Mustangs center Yanick Moreira (35) blocks a shot by Cincinnati Bearcats guard Sean Kilpatrick (23) in the first half of American Athletic Conference NCCA Basketball action at Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus in University Park, Texas on Saturday, February 8, 2014. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Brad Loper)  (The Associated Press)

Larry Brown knows his quick turnaround at SMU is much different than anything the Hall of Fame coach has done in the past.

Less than two years after Brown returned to college, the No. 23 Mustangs (19-5) are in The Associated Press rankings for the first time since March 1985. They are undefeated at home, with three wins over ranked teams in only five weeks.

The 73-year-old Brown has had a record nine NBA head jobs. His previous college head coaching jobs were at long-established programs Kansas and UCLA.

SMU hasn't been to an NCAA tournament since 1993, but Brown arrived hopeful of having a terrific program playing at a high level.

Only 56 games into Brown's tenure, the Mustangs certainly seem to be on a fast track.