NCAA men try faster shot clock
College basketball is undergoing a major overhaul next season. Men’s teams will use a faster shot clock — 30 seconds instead of 35 seconds — and have fewer timeouts, and women’s teams will play four 10-minute quarters instead of two 20-minute halves.
The NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the changes Monday. The shot-clock change is the first since the time was cut from 45 seconds to 35 for the 1993-94 season. The number of second-half timeouts for each team was cut from four to three.
UCLA will again play a bruising nonconference basketball schedule with North Carolina (Dec. 19), Gonzaga (Dec. 12) and Kentucky (Dec. 3). The team will play in the Maui Invitational (Nov. 23-25) in Hawaii, where the field includes Kansas and Indiana. Long Beach State (Dec. 6) and Pepperdine (Nov. 19) are also on the schedule.
Iowa State hired Steve Prohm as its coach to replace Fred Hoiberg. The 40-year-old Prohm was 104-29 in four years at Murray State.
Conference USA freshman of the year Torin Dorn is headed to North Carolina State. Dorn was the leading scorer last season at Charlotte but decided to transfer after a coaching change.
Mississippi senior guard Stefan Moody, who led the Rebels with 16.6point average last season, is expected to be sidelined for at least two months because of a stress fracture in his lower left leg.