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The SMU men’s basketball team peaked at No. 8 this season, but the Mustangs have to sit out March Madness after the NCAA banned them from the post-seasonNew York Times reporter Michael Powell dug into the case and discovered a dark side to college –and high school - hoops in Dallas.

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Nearly three decades after the school’s football program got the “death penalty” for violating recruiting rules, the basketball program was nailed Tuesday morning.

SMU Returns To March Madness After 22 Years

Mar 16, 2015
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It's been 22 years since SMU fans have been able to cheer about their men's basketball team in an NCAA tournament. SMU beat Connecticut 62-54 in the American conference tournament on Sunday.

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Update, Monday, 6:05 p.m.: SMU did not make it into the NCAA tournament despite a top 25 ranking. The Mustangs host an NIT game against California-Irvine Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

Our original post: Larry Brown has had a singular career in the basketball world. He’s coached 10 NBA teams and three college squads, and he’s the only coach ever to win both the NCAA and pro titles. And just weeks before the Final Four comes to North Texas, he took his latest reclamation project, SMU, into the top 25 for the first time in nearly three decades.

Brown sat down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for a Friday Conversation.