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Photo: Check out Wisconsin PG Bronson Koenig's new hairdo

Bronson Koenig doesn’t need any help grabbing attention on the basketball court. [ MORE: Like this story? View all of our Gone Viral posts ] The Wisconsin point guard’s game is that good. Well, if Koenig carries his latest hairdo into the 2015-16 season, it will bring the likely preseason All-Big Ten honoree even more fanfare. Looks sharp, huh? Koenig is one of the very few American Indians in college basketball, making this hairdo even cooler.

Former MSU star Draymond Green helps lead Warriors to NBA title

Draymond Green had heard it all in this year’s NBA playoffs. He had been called everything from a rising superstar to an NBA villain. Tonight, Green has a new title to add to the list. NBA champion. The former Michigan State standout becomes the first Big Ten player to win an NBA championship since Juwan Howard did it with the Miami Heat in the 2012-13 season. He is the first Michigan State player to win an NBA title since Shannon Brown won one with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010. Perhaps the most impressive stat is that Green becomes the

Big Ten links: Early signing period, Nebraska season tickets & much more

Possible big doings here: According to a report released last week, the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) will vote soon on the proposal of early football signing period. The start date for the proposed change is Dec. 16, and it will last for three days, if the vote passes. The addition would be up for review in two years, allowing the CCA a large enough sample to test the efficiencies of the amendment. I, for one, hope this passes. But, the “elite” schools don’t want an early signing period so they can poach commitments from lesser programs late in the recruiting

Big Ten links: Purdue quarterbacks, Caleb Swanigan impact & more

Quarterback play has been an issue for Purdue for a few seasons. Who is the best option in 2015? Austin Appleby? Danny Etling? David Blough? Elijah Sindelar? Would Darrell Hazell consider a rotation? “No,” said Hazell. “No. Absolutely not.” Appleby figures to be the guy, but he may be little more than “pedestrian.” Ditto Etling. Would the staff have the guts to turn over the reins to a greenhorn like redshirt freshman Blough or true freshman Sindelar? I have my doubts, seeing as how this is a critical season for Hazell who needs to produce more in his third season

Big Ten links: NCAA rule changes, Penn State bowl revenue & more

It’s official: The NCAA has adopted men’s basketball rules, including a shorter shot clock. The NCAA announced the news in a tweet Monday afternoon, confirming that Division I men’s basketball teams will play with a 30-second shot clock. It also announced a four-foot restricted-area arc and that there will be four timeouts instead of five (with no more than three carrying over from the first to the second half). The measures are aimed at improving the on-court product after a regular season marked by low-scoring, slow-paced games. Expanding the charge circle is expected to reduce the amount of collisions in the

NCAA shortens shot clock, makes changes to improve pace of game

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Monday approved a package of proposals and areas of focus for officials in men’s basketball to improve the pace of play, better balance offense with defense and reduce the physicality in the sport. Here are some of the biggest changes, according to NCAA.com: Shot clock reduced to 30 seconds. Teams will have one fewer team timeout (only three can carry over instead of four) in the second half. Timeouts called within 30 seconds of a break (at the 16:30 mark) or at any time after the scheduled media timeout becomes the media timeout.