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Sonoran Hot Reads: The new college basketball rules worked

We wanted more offense, and we got more offense

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The beauty of clean college basketball had been taken away from us prior to this season, prompting the NCAA to make several rules changes. With the shortened shot clock, an emphasis on freedom of movement, and other subtle changes, offensive efficiency across the sport saw a huge improvement from the 2014-15 season. Teams are taking and making more shots than ever before, and scoring five and a half points more per game from a year ago. The rules worked, and maybe that's part of the reason that were seeing so much parity throughout the sport this season.

- Arizona hosts Stanford on what will surely be an emotional Senior Day in McKale Center

- Thursday was Gabe York's shot at redemption, and he got it


- Scooby Wright's epic strip sack of Marcus Mariota in the 2014 Oregon game was the 4th-most iconic play in the Pac-12 in the last decade

- Ted Miller has Arizona as the 7th-best place in the conference to coach


- Arizona managed only four hits against Northwestern State, and lost 6-4

- Robby Medel was effective in that game, and he explained what the team wants to see from fans now that they're at home for an extended stretch


- The Cats took down Mount St. Mary's and got some revenge on BYU

Other sports

- Sand Volleyball picked up a couple of nice wins

- The Niya Butts era officially came to a close on Friday as Arizona lost to UCLA in the Pac-12 quarterfinals

- After three days, men's swimming is in fourth place at the Pac-12 Championships

- Women's tennis lost to Stanford 5-2

- Women's soccer is set to begin their spring schedule at New Mexico on Sunday

Tucson news

- A guy was stabbed trying to break up an instance of domestic violence

- Granite Construction was told to stop production because of a weird odor