Much at stake for SMU in C-USA tourney

No. 11 seed SMU (13-18, 4-12 C-USA) faces No. 6 Marshall (18-12, 9-7) in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at FedEx Forum in Memphis. The Mustangs are 0-5 in the league tournament under head coach Matt Doherty and 0-7 all-time against the Thundering Herd...

For SMU, much hangs on today's opening Conference USA Tournament game against Marshall.

Pride, job security, hope for the future, to name a few.

The Mustangs are 0-5 under coach Matt Doherty in the C-USA Tournament. A No. 11 seed after finishing the regular season 13-18, 4-12 in conference play, the Mustangs need to beat No. 6 Marshall to keep their coach on the Hilltop for another day.

Doherty, who is currently 80-108 all-time at SMU, has been the storyline the majority of the season. Last year, he coached SMU to a 20-win season. Fast forward to the present and heading into the league tourney, the Mustangs have 18 losses.

Athletic Director Steve Orsini has neglected to comment on Doherty's job security until the season is over. Well, the season could very well be finished this afternoon.

SMU finished its lousy regular season on a high note last Saturday with a 57-48 win over UTEP. Today at 2:30 p.m. they'll face the Thundering Herd (18-12, 9-7) in Memphis at FedEx Forum. The Mustangs are 0-7 all-time against Marshall, including a 73-68 loss at home last month.

If the Mustangs lose, the athletic department must make a serious evaluation within the men's basketball program, especially since SMU will be heading into the Big East in 2013.

Doherty has one more year left on his contract.

The winner of SMU-Marshall will face No. 3-seed Tulsa on Thursday.


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