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Without games, Bears had more study time

Updated: January 11, 2006, 11:49 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Forget about the Maui Invitational, the ACC-Big Ten Challenge or any other intense, competitive November or December games.

Picture a college basketball season with the games beginning in January. Over the years, there have been some academicians within the NCAA membership who have proposed making college basketball, essentially, a one-semester sport. The thinking is that grades and graduation rates would become much better.

Of course, there are financial issues and contractual demands ...

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