Roundup: NCAA proposes shot clock change, 4-quarter format for women
Potenitally big changes coming to NCAA hoops as the men's basketball rules committee formally proposed a package of rules changes Friday morning, including reducing the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30. For women's hoops, recommended changes include switching the game format to four, 10-minute quarters. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel will discuss the proposed changes on June 8.
In the NCAA softball postseason, Pitcher Cheridan Hawkins struck out 12 and allowed just one hit to pace Oregon softball to an 8-0 victory over BYU in six innings Thursday night in regional play. The Ducks are now 16-0 in regional action under coach Mike White.
UCLA softball begins regional play Friday at 5:30 p.m. PT against Cal State Northridge. The Bruins are the No. 7 seed and will have to deal with San Diego State and Texas in addition to the Matadors this weekend.
Meanwhile, a road-tested Utah softball team hopes to feel at home in the Knoxville regional, writes Matthew Piper of The Salt Lake Tribune. The Utes open up NCAA tournament play against Virginia Tech (12:30 p.m. PT/1:30 p.m. MT, ESPN3 and SEC Network+).
Arizona softball begins its quest for a ninth NCAA championship Friday night as the final Pac-12 team to take the diamond (7 p.m. PT, ArizonaWildcats.com live stream). It's the Wildcats' 29th straight trip to the NCAA postseason.
USC men’s tennis routed Duke 4-0 in round of 16 action at the NCAA championships Thursday in Waco. The Trojans didn’t drop a set on any court against the Dukies.
Colorado men’s golf leads the Noblesville regional after firing an 11-under as a team. Tyson Winter has the rest of the results for Pac-12 men’s golf teams in regional play as well.
Hmmm…. Connor Letourneau writes that Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey “might” be interested in the Oregon State AD opening.
Former NFL Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez highlights the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2015. In addition to being a stud on the gridiron, he memorably had 23 points in a win over Villanova to put Cal men’s basketball through to the Sweet 16 in 1997.
How dare I forget to mention that the Curtain of Distraction was at Arizona State’s commencement ceremony Wednesday?! Thanks for the link, social media guru Justin Karp. Also, coach Todd Graham wants Arizona State’s new football facility to top Oregon’s. Now that’s shooting for the stars.
David Lombardi features defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and the Washington State defense, saying progress has been made in the spring but there is still plenty of room for growth. Here’s the money quote from Grinch: “Without question, we’ve made progress. But you don’t want to confuse progress with being good enough.”
Colin Becht of Sports Illustrated lists Washington quarterback Jeff Lindquist as a spring star who is ready for a breakout 2015 season. Oregon QB Jeff Lockie and UCLA signal caller Josh Rosen are also mentioned by Becht.
If you live in the Bay Area, check out Fireworks Night at Sunken Diamond Friday as Stanford baseball takes on the Beavers (7 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks).