Officials will be allowed to review last-second baskets on a replay monitor under a rule change adopted Tuesday by the NCAA.
The men's and women's basketball rules committees unanimously approved the change after an emergency conference call Monday. The change takes effect Friday once officials are made aware of it.
The rare midseason switch was prompted by controversies over last-second baskets that altered the outcome of recent games, including Johnny Hemsley's buzzer-beating three-pointer Jan. 17 that gave Miami a 67-66 win over Villanova, and the final basket in Texas A&M's 88-86 victory Jan. 15 over Texas Tech.
Previously, officials were barred from using monitors to see if a shot was released before or after the buzzer, which led to the suspension of a Big 12 referee who counted Texas A&M's game-winning basket.
Bona takes long way to game
Among the sports events that seemed in question Tuesday because of heavy snow on the East Coast was St. Bonaventure's Atlantic-10 Conference game against George Washington University at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C. The game is expected to be played as scheduled at 7:30 tonight (Radio 1300, 95.7 FM).
The Bonnies' trip to the nation's capital was a bit improvised. Because its flight from Buffalo to Reagan National Airport was canceled because of the snow storm that hit Washington, Bona made the trip by bus. Coach Jim Baron's team did not arrive at its hotel in downtown Washington until late Tuesday night.
Bona (12-5, 4-1), which will be attempting to bounce back from its first A-10 loss, will encounter the No. 1 scorer in the nation, freshman guard SirValiant Brown, who is averaging 24.9 points a game. Coach Tom Penders' GWU Colonials are 6-11, 0-4 in the A-10.
"GW has struggled, but they can be very dangerous, especially at home," Bona coach Jim Baron said.
Knight changes his tune
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- What happened after No. 14 Indiana took an 85-50 win over Michigan was more interesting than what occurred on the court.
Indiana coach Bob Knight, who blew up at reporters after a game last week, started his postgame news conference Tuesday with a sarcastic walk through the Assembly Hall media room.
Instead of going to the podium at the front of the media room as usual, Knight began walking through the rows of writers and photographers, shaking hands with each one, offering such pleasantries as "How are you?" "Nice to see you." "You doing all right?" "How are you doing?"
Then he walked to the microphone and asked, "Did I miss anybody?"
A week earlier, Knight lashed out at the media for repeated questions about his first game against Iowa coach Steve Alford.
Kirk Haston had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Hoosiers (15-3 overall, 5-2 in the Big Ten). Michigan (12-5, 3-3) shot a season-low 25 percent from the field.
Around the nation
Vincent Yarbrough scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half to lead No. 11 Tennessee (17-2, 5-1) to a 105-76 victory over No. 7 Auburn (16-3, 4-2) in the Southeastern Conference. . . . Mark Karcher scored 19 points as No. 24 Temple (13-4, 6-1) earned a 59-40 win over Xavier (11-7, 2-4) in the A-10 for its 17th straight home victory. . . . Lawrence Williams and Chris Mihm each scored 14 points as No. 17 Texas (13-5, 5-1) cruised to an 82-55 win over Nebraska (9-10, 2-4) in the Big 12. . . . Erick Barkley scored 18 points, including the final five of the game, as No. 25 St. John's (13-4, 5-1) took a 61-57 win over Rutgers (11-7, 3-3) in the Big East.