Proposed rule change could lower shot clock from 35 down to 30 seconds

Again, note the first word in my headline:


The NCAA still has to OK this move, but with Belmont Head Coach Rick Byrd leading the charge these last three days in Indianapolis, great news could potentially be coming for college hoops fans everywhere.

This would mark the first major change to the shot clock since Chris Webber and the Fab Five were mostly in their junior year at Michigan during the 1992-93 season.  At that time, the shot clock was dramatically altered from the boring 45 second frame to the semi-exciting 35 seconds.

Speeding up the pace of play should make the games way more exciting.  And if this rule change is approved by the NCAA sometime in June, the games in November and December along with every conference and NCAA Tournament game in March will be deemed as “Must See TV”.

Some other possible rule changes to look out for include:

  • Decreasing the number of coaches time outs per game from 5 to 4
  • Not expanding the restricted-area arc (aka the “Jordan Circle”) from three feet to four feet

Those rule proposals, along with some possible key changes affecting the defensive structure on personal/flagrant fouls will be briefly checked on as well.  I hope to provide an update when the rule changes become official.


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