May 6, 2014

Sports briefs for Tuesday, May 6


---- — IHSAA tables proposal, extends JV games

INDIANAPOLIS — The IHSAA’s Executive Committee on Monday voted to table a proposal from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association that would create a hybrid format for the boys and girls basketball tournaments.

The proposal called for a reduction of the current four‐class tournament to three classes with two divisions in each class at the sectional level resulting in 80 different sectionals. Those sectional winners would then come together in each class at the regional round.

After discussion, the committee decided to form a joint task force to further study the proposal.

The committee will meet over the next several months and report back to the committee at its October meeting.

“There is some interest in this proposal but it has a lot of moving parts with financial implications for our member schools,” said IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox. “We decided creating a task force was a good course of action to further study the impact and its feasibility.”

A second proposal from the IBCA that would change the length of quarters of junior varsity and freshman basketball games from six to seven minutes each also was acted upon.

The original proposal was amended by the committee and passed unanimously leaving freshmen quarters at six minutes each and increasing JV games to seven-minute quarters.

Varsity quarters are played with eight-minute quarters.

• The committee voted to move the girls basketball season up one week beginning in 2015-16. This will allow the girls state finals to be played one week earlier than the boys basketball sectional finals.

• The committee voted to allow schools to schedule two additional basketball games beginning with the 2014-15 season. Programs can now schedule 22 games, or 20 games with a tournament.

• The girls and boys golf state finals will move to Prairie View G.C. in Carmel in the 2014-15 school year.

Source: Big Ten tourney going to D.C. in ‘17

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Big Ten Conference men’s basketball tournament is headed to the East Coast in three years.

The league is going to make it official today that its 2017 tournament will be held at Washington’s Verizon Center, according to a person familiar with the plans.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made.

Maryland and Rutgers are set to join the Big Ten next season.

Carter-Williams wins NBA’s rookie award

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Carter-Williams has something to show for being a bright spot in a dismal season for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Carter-Williams won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award on Monday after becoming only the third player since 1950-51 to lead all rookies in scoring (16.7), rebounding (6.3) and assists (6.2). Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) were the others.

Despite the performance of their dynamic guard, the Sixers were awful this season. They were 19-73 and tied an NBA record by losing 26 straight games.

Carter-Williams received 104 of a possible 124 first-place votes. IU product Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic finished second and Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz was third.