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SMU sees CIT run as turning point

Mustangs' hoops program hopes postseason taste serves as catalyst for better days

Updated: March 26, 2011, 2:21 AM ET
By Art Garcia | Special to ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- This was a make-or-break season for SMU men's basketball coach Matt Doherty. He knew it. Athletic director Steve Orsini knew it.

"Matt would be the first to tell you that," Orsini told ESPNDallas.com on Friday from New Orleans, site of the NCAA tournament's Southeast Regional.

The Mustangs were about as far away as a team could be from the NCAAs while still taking part in the postseason. SMU hosted the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, a 3-year-old event ...

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