Well, the first round of the Madison County Boys Basketball Tournament is over but not without at least one major disappointment.

Sure, I know there have been some compelling college football bowl games on the television the last couple of evenings but the fan turnout has been less than impressive.

Certainly the die-hard opponents of class basketball have their arguments about going back to a single class system weakened by the low numbers.

Since this tournament is just like the single-class Anderson Sectional used to be, proponents of going back to that should be coming to this tourney in large numbers. By doing this they would have ammunition that doing away with the multiple class system would bring back the people to the Wigwam.

But I think it’s safe to say that the attendance of 20 years ago for games at the Wigwam will never again be seen. It has little or nothing to do with how many classes are used to determine the year-end champions. It has more to do with economy and other opportunities for recreation.

I do know that the folks who aren’t coming to the county tournament are missing a great chance to see some entertaining basketball in a wonderful venue.

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The WNBA isn’t that far from firing up for its 10th season. The league has adopted a pair of major changes in the rules for this coming season and I applaud them both.

Instead of playing 20-minute halves to mirror the college game, the women will be playing four 10-minute quarters to more closely shadow the NBA rules.

In addition, the shot clock will be reduced from 30 seconds to 24 seconds.

“As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the WNBA, we are thrilled with the continuing evolution of the game,” said Renee Brown, chief of basketball operations and player relations, in a news release from the league. “The talent level of our players has continued to increase since the league’s inaugural season. To that end, we have implemented rule changes we believe will compensate for our players’ increased abilities on the court.

“The adjustment to a 24-second shot clock should help speed up the game and increase the number of possessions, which should lead to higher scoring games.”

I’m not sure how much higher the scoring will be due to the shot clock change. Certainly shots will be taken more quickly and there’s the chance that could lead to more baskets.

There is a chance that the opposite will happen.

With defenses needing to play tough for six less seconds each time down, what might result is that the offense will get lower quality shots, shoot a lower percentage and actually score less.

It will be interesting to see which scenario plays out.

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