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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
3-point stance: BCS title curse on hoops?

By Ivan Maisel

1. The SEC may have won seven consecutive BCS championships, but that streak is looking more like a curse come March. Since Florida began the football streak in 2006, and the basketball Gators followed up three months later by winning the men’s basketball title, only one of the next six BCS winners had its basketball team even earn a berth in the NCAA tournament, much less win it. That would be Alabama a year ago, and the ninth-seeded Tide lost in the opening round to Creighton, 58-57.

2. Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said that the Buffs’ facilities are fine, even as the university has begun a campaign to add to them. Adding and renovating are a necessity in the Pac-12, he said. “USC has built a $70 million complex, and Washington has built a $400 million complex and stadium, and Cal has built a $350 million complex and stadium,” MacIntyre said. “They just kind of raised the bar.”

3. His college coach, Oklahoma’s Barry Switzer, called Steve Davis the “ideal” wishbone quarterback. In ’74, Davis threw 26 passes, 11 of them touchdowns. Davis, who died Sunday in the crash of a private plane, was such a good guy that even Texas coach Mack Brown tweeted his sorrow at the lost “of a great man.” In fact, Davis’ sudden demise unleashed a torrent of memories from his life that happened long after he led the Sooners to a share of the 1974 national title, which is as it should be.