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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.

Ranking top Big Ten men's basketball tournament championship games

The NBA Finals is set to begin tonight as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will battle in what has become one of the most-anticipated matchups in recent history. [ MORE: Ex-Michigan State star Draymond Green opens NBA Finals tonight ] This got me thinking about the best Big Ten tournament championship games. The conference title game was introduced in 1998, and has featured several outstanding matchups. A total of six different schools have won the tournament, led by Michigan State and Ohio State, both of which hold four titles. Here are my top 5 Big Ten tourney title

Former Michigan State star Draymond Green opens NBA Finals tonight

The NBA Finals tip Thursday night in Oakland, California. If you haven’t been paying attention, it’s the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Golden State Warriors in what should be a memorable series. Superstars LeBron James and Stephen Curry are the biggest names in the matchup, but it’s a former Michigan State star who could be the wild card. Draymond Green, the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year and a member of the 2014-15 NBA All-Defensive First Team, has developed into one of the game’s premier all-around players. In Golden State’s 12-3 postseason run to the Finals, Green is averaging a

Big Ten announces Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners

The Big Ten announced on Wednesday the 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2014-15 academic year. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and

Big Ten links: Indiana hoops job, Caris LeVert update & football news

Roll this around your noggin: Is the Indiana job still “elite”? Colin Cowherd and Dan Dakich debated. My take: Yes, the job not only is elite—but it’s one of the top jobs across sports, along with gigs like coaching the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, Notre Dame football, among other sweet jobs. *** More hoops: Brendan F. Quinn of Mlive.com has an offseason evaluation of Michigan wing Caris LeVert. Quinn says LeVert’s lost junior season sets up a crucial senior season. Thanks in part to LeVert missing the final 14 games and leaving his NBA draft stock up to assumptions

Northwestern signs former Virginia Tech forward Joey van Zegeren

Former Virginia Tech forward Joey van Zegeren has signed with Northwestern and will be eligible for the 2015-16 season, his final year of eligibility. [ MORE: Read NUSports.com’s full release ] The 6-foot-10 native of The Netherlands appeared in 79 career games over the last four seasons at Virginia Tech. In 2014-15, he saw action in each of the team’s first 13 games — making three starts — while averaging 9.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and a team-high 1.4 blocks. “We’re really excited to add someone of Joey’s caliber to our program,” Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said in a team

Michigan adds Germany big man Moritz Wagner to signing class

John Beilein announced Friday the signing of 6-foot-10 German forward Moritz Wagner to a National Letter of Intent. Wagner will join the Wolverines for the 2015-16 academic year. “Moe is a long and versatile player,” Beilein said in a team release. “He has a great understanding of the game with a tremendous upside. As a product of Germany, he has always played against men five to even 10 years older than him, which has only helped his growth as a player.” A Berlin native, Wagner played 18 games in his second season with ALBA Berlin in 2014-15, averaging 16.8 points,

Former Indiana standout Victor Oladipo visits school for deaf

Victor Oladipo spent the day Wednesday at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington D.C. [ MORE: Read washingtonpost.com’s feature on Oladipo’s day ] Oladipo’s older sister, Kendra, who became deaf in second grade, is a substitute teacher at the school, so the former Indiana star and current Orlando Magic guard paid the school a visit. According to the Washington Post link above, Oladipo talked to students for a half-hour, took questions from the kids and posed for photos. He also talked about post-NBA life, saying that he wanted to start a basketball camp for deaf youth. An