NBA Draft: The (potential) duds

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Every year, NBA teams and their fans have a chance to play prognosticator when it comes to the draft and which players to select or pass on. To be perfectly fair, most drafted players don’t pan out in the end. Occasionally you get it right, but for the most part, draftees have their short run in the pros and move on to the next phase of life. Here are a few to look out for. (Just to be clear, I wish all of them well and hope they have a long successful career. Good luck, gents!)

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Three teams that won’t make the tournament next season

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In this way-too-early look at the 2016 NCAA Tournament, I’ll be giving my guess at which teams that made it this year will be missing out in the next. Whether due to graduating seniors, freshman superstars going to the NBA, or just plain not being very good, I don’t think they’ll make it to March.

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The shot-clock debate: How low should we go?

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It is widely believed that it is almost fact that the shot clock will be reduced from 35 seconds to 30 seconds by next season.  NCAA rules committee chairman Rick Byrd, who is also the coach at Belmont, said that the move is likely to happen.

Until 1985, there was no shot clock at all in college basketball. Due to the lack of scoring, the NCAA adopted the 45-second shot clock in 1985. This is the same complaint we are hearing about today. The shot clock has been at 35 seconds since the start of the 1993 season, but people continue to say that games in the 50s are just boring to watch.

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