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Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim: 30-second shot clock ‘is a compromise for me’

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In May, during the ACC spring meetings, commissioner John Swofford made the announcement that the conference will use a 30-second shot clock during exhibition play this season.

Since the 1993-1994 season, men’s college basketball has used a 35-second shot clock. This past season, the ACC averaged less than 62 possessions per game. To increase possessions and scoring, one idea is to lower the shot clock. For Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, reducing it to 30 seconds isn’t good enough, as he told Andy Katz earlier this week during an interview for Katz Korner.

“Thirty is a compromise for me,” Boeheim told Katz, as transcribed by Mike Waters of the Post-Standard. “We’ve played internationally and we’ve never come close to a shot clock violation.

“We can’t sell 24 because every college coach doesn’t think he has enough players to play that. If you want more scoring in the game, shorten the clock. That’s all you have to do.”

Despite Belmont head coach Rick Byrd, chairman of the rules committee, stating little support for the change, Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey could see it happening as soon as 2015.

“Next year is a rule change,” Brey told NBCSports.com in June at The Basketball Tournament in Boston, “I could see that in a year. I think it will hold at 30 for a while.”

In the segment with Katz, Boeheim also discusses the NCAA’s deadline for players to declare for the NBA Draft.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.