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CBS' Garry Parrish does something it pains me to do, givez a tip of the cap to Tom Izzo and Bill Self, even it its well deserved.
And Bill Self? Man, he just doesn't care. The KU coach will be without the top five scorers from this season's team, including likely lottery pick Ben McLemore. But he still scheduled awesomely, proof being that his Jayhawks will play Duke, Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, Georgetown and San Diego State in the nonleague portion of their schedule in addition to competing in the Battle 4 Atlantis with Tennessee, Villanova, Iowa, Xavier, USC, Wake Forest and UTEP.
The NCAA is mulling possible rule changes, including a shorter shot clock. For now, they've approved moving up the start of practice.
Teams can now hold their first practice two weeks earlier than before, following an April rule change that allows teams to have 30 days of practice in the six weeks before the first regular-season game.ICYMI, results are mixed.
Another adopted change eliminates the starting time for the first permissible workouts. Previously, teams are not allowed to begin until 5 p.m. on the Friday closest to Oct. 15. The new rule allows schools to make their own judgment about the starting time when practice begins.
"I like the Oct. 4 date because it gives you more flexibility in preparing your team." (Ole Miss' Andy Kennedy)
"I love getting more time." (Indiana's Tom Crean)
"You can ease guys into practice more and give them more than one day off a week." (Oregon State's Craig Robinson)
"You will have 30 days between Oct. 4 and your first game, so they would be expanding the time to get your 30 workouts in so you can give guys more days off. You can spread it out a little bit better." (Wisconsin's Bo Ryan)
"I like the early start, but we just may have to be more creative at the start of the season to create more excitement." (LSU's Johnny Jones)Run The Floor looks at Angel Rodriguez to Miami and what it means for the Canes.
The diminutive point guard, who comes from Krop High School in Miami-Dade County, would immediately step in for Shane Larkin. He averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 assists for K-State. His 37.3 assist rate was 2nd best in the Big 12 (and would have led the ACC). He also generated a steal on 3.4% of opponent possessions, which would have tied Shane Larkin for the Miami lead. Just like Larkin, if you're a ballhandler and you don't see Rodriguez, pick up your dribble.