NCAA snub? SMU sealed its own fate

But forget any pity, excuses; Mustangs can right ship with run to NIT Final Four

Updated: March 17, 2014, 10:24 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas -- Just before the final bracket of the NCAA basketball tournament was announced Sunday afternoon, SMU's band started playing its fight song.

Few of the 400 or so folks who came to experience the jubilation of seeing the Southern Methodist Mustangs make the tournament for the first time since 1993 clapped. Neither did the players, sitting in a single row of chairs about 20 feet from 14 minicams and a handful of still photographs on hand to record their emotions.

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