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Schwartz: 10 Sentences – Hoops Improvements, Football Academy, and More

June 9, 2019

Written by David Schwartz

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The original Ten Sentences column brought together 10, unrelated or loosely related sentences – other than their ties to the Hawkeyes and/or college sports. That’s what we’re doing today. Ten sentences, 10 topics:

1. In a week filled with interesting nuggets, none made me as excited as the NCAA’s decision to move back the three-point line from 20 feet, 9 inches to 22 feet, 1¼ inches—the international distance; I love college basketball, but the quality, from offensive pacing to officiating, has been bad for several years, a struggle highlighted by the current high quality of the NBA, so I’m in favor of anything to mix up the game, especially a rule change that might unclog the block while simultaneously rewarding better shooters.

2. Perhaps Jordan Bohannon’s potentially season-ending procedure and recovery will be a blessing in disguise, since he’ll now have an extra year to get used to the new three-point distance while he prepares to return for his senior season.

3. Surprise – former Hawkeye Isaiah Moss isn’t going to Arkansas after all, which makes sense when one realizes Kansas needs a player with Moss’s talents (then again, so do the Hawkeyes, but we don’t always get our way, do we?). 

4. One of the best annual events in the Iowa football program, the Iowa Ladies Football Academy, took place Saturday at the Hansen Football Performance Center, with proceeds going to the Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

5. The last few seasons one can never tell whether Syracuse’s men’s basketball team will be bigtime or bust, but whatever their performance level, they’re still a big name, which is why it’s pretty cool that the Hawkeyes drew the Orange in this year’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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6. Obviously I’d prefer it if Megan Gustafson was playing in the WNBA right now, but while she’s not, her new-ish blog is pure inspiration.

7. Here’s a question posed and answered by 247 Sports: They compiled a list of the 10 most successful college football programs from the last decade, and two were from the Big Ten; Ohio State (second overall behind Alabama), while the other, which came in at No. 7 was … Iowa’s toughest rival in the Big Ten West, Wisconsin.

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8. There’s not much more I can say about Oliver Martin that hasn’t already been said, but man, it’s hard to find a reason to not want him in a Hawkeye uniform.

9. Eighty-three days, or just shy of 12 weeks, until Iowa kicks off against Miami of Ohio, for those of you who care about such things.

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10. If you’re looking for a good Sunday read, read this piece about Des Moines’ Ryan Boyle, who unlike those of us who found happiness in Iowa City, had to leave the Hawkeyes to find his.

* Talk with David Schwartz on Twitter @daveschwartz.

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