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WBB: NCAA heading to four-quarter games?

Women’s basketball games will be played in four 10-minute quarters – rather than two 20-minute halves – if an NCAA rules panel accepts a committee’s recommendation in June.

According to the NCAA women’s basketball rule committee, moving from halves to quarters could enhance the flow of the game.

“The rules committee is very excited about the change to the four-quarter format for the 2015-16 season,” the committee’s chair, University of Richmond basketball coach Michael Shafer, said in a statement. “We believe this change, along with the associated changes to the timeout and foul rules, will address flow of the game and physicality. The overall format will strengthen the connection of college basketball with women’s basketball globally.”

All rule proposals have to be approved by an NCAA rules oversight panel, and the panel is scheduled to meet via conference call June 8.

The proposal has been endorsed by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s board of directors and has the backing of one of the most prominent figures in the college game, UConn head coach Geno Auriemma.

“What a great step forward for our game,” Auriemma said in a statement. “As the game becomes more global each year, it’s important that we start the process toward standardizing the rules. This is just the beginning of what I hope are many other changes to improve this great game.”

For more, read the NCAA’s press release here.

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IU hosts Ohio State in season-ending doubleheader

FINAL: Indiana 6, Ohio State 4. Hoosiers sweep Ohio State to bolster their NCAA Tournament hopes heading into next week’s Big Ten Tournament. Logan Sowers belted a grand slam and Scott Donley drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth for Indiana, which has now won nine of its last 10 games.

EIGHTH INNING: Halstead fell into more trouble after a one-out double by Ronnie Dawson put two runners in scoring position. But the IU closer came back with a three-pitch strikeout of Nick Sergakis for the second out, and a five-pitch strikeout of Aaron Gretz to escape the inning. In the bottom half, Scott Donley delivered the go-ahead run on a single through the middle that drove in Nick Ramos from second base. Donley was headed to second on the throw and ended up on third after the ball scooted away from Gretz at the plate. IU added insurance when Will Nolden drove a single through the middle to score Donley and put the Hoosiers ahead 6-4. INDIANA 6, OHIO STATE 4.

SEVENTH INNING: Ohio State loaded the bases with no outs, cashing in and tying the game on on an RBI single, a sac fly to right-centerfield and a bunt single that Ryan Halstead couldn’t turn into an out near the plate. Halstead replaced Baragar after the latter loaded the bases with no outs. OHIO STATE 4, INDIANA 4.

FIFTH INNING: Morris lasts 4 2/3 innings, leaving the game with the bases loaded after IU coach Chris Lemonis called Caleb Baragar out of the pen. Morris paced the dugout and drank from a paper cup while Baragar worked on Buckeyes pinch hitter Zach Ratcliff. Baragar finally induced a grounder to short to end the inning, and Morris sprinted out of the dugout to greet him in foul territory. INDIANA 4, OHIO STATE 1.

FOURTH INNING: Ohio State leadoff man Troy Montgomery gave a two-out pitch a ride to left field, but Will Nolden caught it on the warning track to get out of the inning. Morris is now through four innings after barely escaping the second. INDIANA 4, OHIO STATE 1. (more…)

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Davis, Mosquera-Perea dismissed from team

8:30 p.m. UPDATE: In a text message sent to The Herald-Times, Tom Crean expressed a range of emotions about dropping the two forwards.

“To me our relationships transcended basketball a long time ago,” Crean said. “To most people they represent the school and the uniform, which is highly important. To us they represent family members and basketball is just a part of it. It’s a horrible feeling to have not reached our goals for them.

“I emphasized to both of them that they are good people who have to make much better choices over time. They will never stop being a part of my family and I hope fans will feel the same in time.”

6:45 p.m. UPDATE: Mark Adams, Mosquera-Perea’s former AAU coach, told The Herald-Times that his former player is devastated by the news. Adams, who at one time attempted to become Mosquera-Perea’s legal guardian, said he was not told of a specific reason for the dismissal.

“It’s probably just the accumulation of really bad decision on his part,” Adams told the H-T. “I don’t think there was a specific reason other than they’ve given him a lot of opportunities and he seems to squander those opportunities.”

Adams said Mosquera-Perea was informed of his dismissal on Thursday. Because he’s out of state to attend a wedding, Adams said he and Mosquera-Perea will not begin planning the next course of action until early next week.

“I don’t blame IU for it. They’ve given Hanner all the opportunities and he’s just gotta learn from the mistakes he’s made and take strides to correct it and make the best out of a bad, horrible decision. I’m just as upset at him also because IU did give him opportunities. He’s gotta learn from it and move on. Hopefully he will learn from it.”

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Indiana forwards Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the team, according to a department release.

The announcement comes three days after Davis was cited by Indiana University Police for possession of marijuana in a campus dorm. Mosquera-Perea was with Davis during the incident, but was not charged by police.

Indiana published a statement at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“Indiana Men’s Basketball announces that sophomore Devin Davis and senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the program effective immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program,” the statement read. (more…)

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Indiana homecoming set for Oct. 17 vs. Rutgers #iufb

Homecoming at Indiana will be Saturday, Oct. 17 against Rutgers, coach Kevin Wilson announced Thursday.

It will be a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

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As regular season ends, Hoosiers getting closer #iubase

Senior Casey Rodrigue’s household grew by three this week, with the additions of two outfielders and a third baseman.

Once the spring semester ended and the campus dorms began to empty, the upperclassmen on Indiana’s baseball team opened their homes to displaced freshmen. So Christropher Lowe, Laren Eustace and Isaiah Pasteur packed their belongings and moved in with Rodrigue and company for the final few weeks of the season.

“They bring their beds and whatnot, so it’s not a big slumber party,” Rodrigue said with a smile. “… We got a lot of kids. I have to keep track of my children.”

It’s an annual tradition for those within IU’s baseball program and it’s Rodrigue’s favorite part of the season, a time when camaraderie and bonding truly take shape.

It’s also time that players can spend focused and dedicated to baseball. No class, no papers, no distractions.

“It’s a lot of fun to play baseball when there’s no school so all you have to do is wake up, eat, come to the park, get your lift in and just play the game,” Rodrigue said.

For Indiana, it is the ideal time for its season to be trending upward. The Hoosiers have now won six of their last seven games heading into this weekend’s three-game series against Ohio State, which begins Thursday at 8 at Bart Kaufman Field. The final series of the regular season represents an opportunity to clinch a berth in the Big Ten Tournament, while giving the Hoosiers three more chances to pad their resume for a possible NCAA Tournament invitation later this month.

“It’s our No. 1 focus right now,” reliever Scott Effross said. “School’s done, we got our final grades done, so we don’t have to worry about that too much anymore. It’s just baseball from here on out. This is the best time of year, honestly.” (more…)

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Indiana to play at Duke in ACC/Big Ten Challenge #iubb

Indiana’s path toward a possible NCAA Tournament run will include a matchup with the defending national champions.

ESPN released its slate of games for the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, pairing Indiana with Duke in a contest that will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 2. It will be the eighth all-time meeting between the two basketball blue bloods.

A game time will be announced at a later date.

IU and Duke have not met since Nov. 28, 2006, when the Blue Devils prevailed 54-51 in Durham, N.C. Duke leads the all-time series 4-3 and also won, 75-67, in Bloomington on Nov. 30, 2005. The Hoosiers’ last win in the series came during the 2002 Sweet 16 in Lexington.

Other notable Challenge matchups include Maryland at North Carolina in a potential showdown of No. 1 vs. No. 2, Louisville at Michigan State, Virginia at Ohio State, Notre Dame at Illinois and Wisconsin at Syracuse.

The Big Ten won last year’s Challenge, 8-6. After a run of 10 straight years of Challenge ownership, the ACC has not won the series since 2008. The Big Ten won three in a row between 2009-2011 before the two conferences tied in back-to-back seasons. Indiana has won three of its last four Challenge games, winning at North Carolina State in 2011 and beating North Carolina (2012) and Pittsburgh (2014) at Assembly Hall. (more…)

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Hoetzel transferring to San Diego State #iubb

Max Hoetzel has a landing spot, and it could prove to be a good fit.

Hoetzel tweeted Tuesday that he will enroll at San Diego State, where he can look to give a boost to the Aztecs’ inconsistent and struggling offense of a season ago. Hoetzel, who will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules, will be eligible to play at San Diego State in time for the 2016-17 season.

According to Inside Indiana’s John Bauernfiend, who broke the story, Hoetzel visited San Diego State on Monday, sharing a meal with Aztecs coach Steve Fisher before working out for him and his staff. Hoetzel had an offer from San Diego State prior to committing to Indiana in October 2013.

Last month, Hoetzel announced his intention to transfer from Indiana after an inconsistent freshman season. Billed as a natural shooter upon his arrival, Hoetzel was pressed into action following Devin Davis’ accident in early November. IU coach Tom Crean said after the season that he would have liked to have redshirted Hoetzel had Davis remained healthy, but that was not the case.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Calabassas, Calif. appeared in 31 games for the Hoosiers, averaging 2.4 points over 7.7 minutes per contest. His opportunity to earn minutes next season would have been further crowded by the additions of Juwan Morgan and O.G. Anunoby in the 2015 recruiting class. San Diego State could use help fixing an offense that produced a 46.6 effective field goal percentage, while shooting 32 percent from 3-point range and 46 percent inside the arc. Should he reach his potential, Hoetzel could help in that regard.

Crean gave Hoetzel and Stan Robinson, who also announced his intention to transfer, access to Indiana’s practice facility while they made their decisions.

“They’re not going through our team workouts with us, but they’re in there,” Crean said last month. “They’ve got 24/7 access just like anybody else does, and if they hadn’t handled their business the right way, they wouldn’t have that. I haven’t done that for everybody in the past. That would be stupid. But when somebody is absolutely giving you their best and you want the best for them and they’re working at a really good rate and you want to see them be successful as people, you don’t just turn it off because they’re not here or because they’re not going to be with you.”

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