SMU is ineligible for postseason play, but a few NCAA penalties aren't going to stop the Mustangs from chasing a regular-season championship in the American Athletic Conference.
Picked first in the AAC's preseason poll, SMU is also No. 1 in the ASN Men's Preseason Top 25. But keep an eye on Cincinnati, Dayton, Rhode Island, UAB and Valparasio.
Above: Larry Brown of the SMU Mustangs talks to his players during a Jan. 3 game against Cincinnati. The Mustangs are No. 1 in the ASN Men's Preseason Top 25 with Cincinnati No. 4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)