Fred Hoiberg undergoes procedure on his pacemaker (UPDATED)

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Iowa State Fred Hoiberg had surgery on Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to replace his pacemaker.

The pacemaker was put into place back in 2005, when Hoiberg underwent open-heart surgery to correct an enlargement on his aortic root. Due to complications during the surgery, a pacemaker was placed in his shoulder. The issues with his heart ended his NBA playing career.

A pacemaker is a device that is connected to a person’s heart by wires to quite literally control how fast the heart beats. It’s powered by batteries, which last around eight years.

Hoiberg’s batteries were dying. He found out during a workout, as Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune describes:

This past weekend, though, Hoiberg experienced light-headedness while in St. Louis recruiting.

“I’m very hyper-sensitive to my heart – I feel every beat – I’ve been like that ever since I had the surgery in ’05,” he said on Monday. “My heart rate is never supposed to go under 70 (beats per minute), that’s the bottom rate they have because of my leaky valve. I could feel that it wasn’t at 70. My thought was, ‘Had my pacemaker stopped working?’ Then I’d feel OK, I’d get through the day and I’d do the same thing the next day.”

Monday morning, though, after exercising, Hoiberg could feel that his heart rate was not elevating. He sprinted on a treadmill and checked his pulse, finding it was at just 65 beats per minute.

The timing isn’t ideal for Hoiberg, as the second July live evaluation period will kick off at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, although he does expect to be out of the hospital by then.


UPDATE (11:45 a.m.): Surgery went well, it seems:

Iowa State, Miami part of 2016 AdvoCare Invitational field

Jim Larranaga
Associated Press
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Friday afternoon the field for the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando was announced, with Puerto Rico Tip-Off champion Miami being one of the eight teams involved.

Joining Jim Larrañaga’s Hurricanes in Orlando will be Florida, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Iowa State, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall and Stanford. Gonzaga has won the event in each of its prior two appearances, doing so in 2008 and 2012.

Each of the other seven teams will be making their first appearance at the AdvoCare Invitational.

Field for 2016 DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced

Steve Alford
Associated Press
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Another in-season tournament field for next season was revealed, as the DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced the eight teams that will make the trip to Fullerton, California.

UCLA, which was led to ten national titles by the event’s namesake, will take part as well CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Six of the eight teams have made prior appearances in the event, with Dayton and Nebraska being the two programs who will make their DirecTV Wooden Legacy debuts next season.

Portland and Virginia Tech reached the title game in their prior appearances, with the Pilots losing to West Virginia in 2009 and the Hokies falling to UNLV in 2010.