Eight months ago Curtis Shaw, Big 12 coordinator of officials, addressed the media at the Big 12 men’s basketball media day in Kansas City.
He opened his time discussing freedom of movement — how the year before coaches and some media members thought calling all hand-check fouls would result in more free throws.
“Actually, the exact opposite happened,” Shaw said. “… Scoring went up a little over five points a game and the fouls only increased by about two a game.”
Bob Huggins joked that he wasn’t happy about following Baylor coach Scott Drew on the Big 12 basketball conference call.
The West Virginia coach called Drew, “one of the most upbeat, optimistic people in the world.”
While Drew raved about the benefits the 30-second shot clock can bring to college basketball, Huggins was less than thrilled.
The Cleveland Cavaliers won back-to-back games over the Golden State Warriors by doing one key thing — controlling the tempo.
But now the tide has changed, as has the momentum, as Golden State enters Game 6 with a 3-2 series lead.
Cleveland is more of a ground-and-pound team, while the Warriors like to get out and push the ball in transition.
The Cavaliers were able to slow the game down because of their size inside between 7-foot-1 Timofey Mozgov and 6-foot-9 Tristan Thompson, who have pulled down 66 percent of Cleveland’s offensive rebounds thus far.
A few changes, which were proposed last month by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee, were approved on Monday by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel.
The headliner of the group is shortening the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 seconds.
For the 11th time in Big 12 history, the league is set to host games in the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
The league has hosted every round of the event, most recently doing so with the 2014 Final Four in North Texas.
Next year, the Big 12 will host the first and second round games at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma city.
It’s not often there’s a topic everyone agrees with on Twitter.
But that seemed to be the case Friday afternoon when the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee released their proposed rule changes.
Everyone was on board because these proposals are needed.
Keep in mind none of these changes are not official until they’re approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on June 8.
But, the spotlight leading up to the committee’s meeting has been on shortening the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds and as expected, that change has been proposed.
Texas Tech men’s basketball is slated to play at Arkansas January 30 in the third annual Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Every game of the challenge will be played on January 30 and will air on the ESPN family of networks (eight of the 10 games on ESPN or ESPN2).
Twelve of the teams involved advanced to the NCAA tournament last season.
A Kansas vs. Kentucky match-up highlights the challenge.
College basketball players aren’t lacing up their Converses anymore.
Instead, there’s a battle of sorts between Nike, Adidas and Under Armour, to name a few as to what shoe players choose to wear.
During Tubby Smith’s time at High Point University in North Carolina, it was simple.
Lace up the All-Stars and get buckets.
While Smith was at High Point, the Panthers averaged 73.6 points per game.
The highest scoring average for a single season across the country hasn’t been that high since reaching 74.2 points in 1995.
Adams leaves Tech for job at UALR
Mark Adams is leaving his position as Director of Basketball Operations for Texas Tech to become an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
During his two seasons for coach Tubby Smith, Adams helped the Red Raiders defeat five top-20 opponents.
He assisted the program budget and organized the non-conference portion of the Texas Tech schedule.