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RICHARDS: Texas benefits from unfair home-court edge

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Darryl Richards

 
   
 
The American Airlines Center did not significantly outrebound Mississippi State on Sunday. Texas did. The state of the art facility didn't shut down Mississippi State's inside game. Texas did. This architectural wonder that resembles an airplane hangar did not keep Mississippi State from getting a lead at any moment in the game. Texas did. Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury frequently acknowledged Texas beat the Bulldogs, 68-64, on the floor. But he was right to point out that having a lower-seeded Texas team play at the American Airlines Center didn't help his team's cause. There should be a reward for a team winning 27 games and being the last one around after the Battle Royale that is the Southeastern Conference tournament. The NCAA did something right when it seeded the Bulldogs third. It did something terribly wrong when it sent Texas to Dallas. "We're not going to be making excuses," Stansbury said. "Texas has a great team and for sure they beat us. But if you're asking me should a lower seed have this advantage? The answer is absolutely no. We were the only high seed around the country that had to do this." The NCAA walks a sanctimonious tightrope. It is legally a non-profit organization. But it also wants to make a couple of bucks in its events. The organization gerrymandered the system to make the tournament more fan-friendly and reduce travel for teams. The thought was fans would flock to see their teams play if it meant driving instead of trying to make a plane reservation for a trip four days in advance. The theory was right. The events of Sept. 11 made it a more poignant issue. The American Airlines Center sold out for all six games this weekend. Some of that had to do with interested fans in the Dallas area buying tickets early. A lot had to do with sending second-seeded Oklahoma and sixth-seeded Texas here. Oklahoma earned the right to play three hours away from home. The Sooners beat top-ranked Kansas and won the Big 12 tournament. Oklahoma probably should have received a No. 1 seed. Texas received a gift. The were Longhorn fans all over the place and they made their presence felt early when Texas jumped out to a 34-11 lead with 6:49 left in the first half. Those fans didn't win the game on the floor. But they certainly aided in Texas having a fast start. "I was excited to be playing in Dallas," said Texas forward Brian Boddicker, who is from the Dallas suburb of Duncanville. "I think it was a big advantage for our team. The crowd got into it and it helped us out a lot." Stansbury could do nothing about the situation Sunday except play. But he will try to change the system in the future. "You guys have been around the NCAA (tournament) a long time," Stansbury said. "One thing that made it special was keeping the politics out of it. Let's keep those things out of it. It's for the teams. All of a sudden it has become a money deal. "Let's make sure the players have a level playing field. These 64 teams are the ones that worked to get here." Maybe the NCAA placed Texas in the American Airlines Center to be in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day weekend. It definitely went for the green. Darryl Richards can be reached at his e-mail address: drichards@foxsports.com.
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