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Friday, August 3, 2012
3-point shot: Mike Davis stays in game

By Andy Katz

1. Mike Davis did not want to sit out the year. He knew that being off the bench and off television makes it nearly impossible to get back and get a head coaching job. A number of coaches have found out the hard way that being idle means it’s very difficult to come back. That’s why Davis said he took the interim job at Texas Southern after the school fired Tony Harvey. Davis said Thursday from Houston, “I just want to coach. I love coaching. It’s a great opportunity to stay in the game. The AD gave me a call and it was a no brainer to me.’’ Davis is still befuddled as to his firing at UAB after a 15-16 overall, 9-7 C-USA season. Davis followed a similar pattern when he left Indiana in the middle of the Big Ten season. He didn’t last long on the unemployment line, getting the UAB gig. Now he won’t have to sit out a season as he drops down another level. “It’s hard to get back in,’’ said Davis. “I’m really excited about the opportunity. I just didn’t want to sit out. I want to coach.’’

2. Montana State is scheduled to go to Canada this month, but the Bobcats’ trip is now an uncertainty, according to the Big Sky conference. The reason is the massive attrition that has recently occurred. Two players -- walk-on Tor Anderson and Shawn Reid (10.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg) -- quit the team after the season. Rising senior Mohammed Fall (7.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg in 24.4 mpg) lost a year of eligibility once the NCAA changed his class standing to a senior after his junior season due to exhibition games he played four years ago (they equaled a season in NCAA’s interpretation). And then Jeffery Budinich (4.5 ppg) and Tre Johnson (8.8 ppg) were arrested and charged with two counts of criminal trespass due to breaking into a vehicle and theft, as well. The incident occurred last weekend in Bozeman. Montana State coach Brad Huse suspended both on Tuesday. Montana State finished 12-17 last season, 7-9 in the Big Sky.

3. The Atlantis Bracket announcement Thursday leaves just one major tournament to be completely unveiled: the 16-team NIT Season Tip-Off Nov. 21-23. The four hosts are Kansas State, Pitt, Virginia and Michigan. If you were to seed this event then it would probably go 1. Michigan. 2. Kansas State. 3. Pitt 4. Virginia. Virginia and Pitt probably have the most to gain. Michigan and Kansas State play in power-rating rich conferences and are playing strong schedules. Pitt is in the Big East, which will provide plenty of RPI pop and quality wins, but has a soft nonconference slate, putting even more pressure on this event. Virginia needs quality nonconference wins since the ACC is once again top heavy with NC State, North Carolina, Duke and Florida State.