SMU to have say in NCAA tourney selection

February, 17, 2010
2/17/10
10:20
AM CT
See, sensational headlines do work, you're reading this post. No, Matt Doherty's SMU Mustangs are not on the verge of snapping the program's 17-year NCAA Tournament drought, but SMU athletic director Steve Orsini will have a say on who's in and who's out -- next season.

Orsini has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee effective Sept. 1.

As for those Ponies (11-13, 4-6 Conference USA), they try to stop a two-game skid at Moody Coliseum at 7 tonight against a woeful Rice outfit (8-16, 1-9). The Mustangs have six games left before the C-USA tournament. They need four more wins to give Doherty -- now in his fourth season -- his most victories since posting 14 in his first season. The opportunity also remains for a first winning season since 2002-03.

With games at Memphis, at Tulsa and at home against Marshall still ahead (those three teams have combined records of 55-20 and 22-8), this one is a must win.

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