But the changes don’t go far enough, according to a report by the NCAA
I read a very interesting article which can be found on CBSSports.com from January 7. It talked about the simple fact that scoring is up, possessions are up, but fouls are not being called consistently. Compared to when fouls per game averaged 17.64 in 2013, they are around 19.5 when the last report detailed games ending around January 3.
The report also mentioned why fouls are not being called as frequently as they were during the choppy season of 2013-2014.
My rant is simply this:
If there is a foul in the low-post area, call a foul.
If the hand or arm goes for any part of the body instead of the ball, call a foul.
And if referees can learn how to call cutters, fine. I get it.
The NBA took a few years to update their rules and yet their game has gone from a team-based sport to a sport dominated by one or two individual stars per team.
If you wish to compare this part of the season to playing your favorite vinyl record featuring The Rolling Stones or The Beatles, it is best to play on 33 RPM. However, I expect the NCAA Tournament to play at around 78 RPM, because the pace of play is a totally different animal–and if players and coaches don’t recognize that aspect, they will suffer the same fate as your favorite contestants on Survivor or The Bachelor/Bachelorette.
At least, games are ending a bit quicker to an average of 1 hour, 55 minutes down a full 120 seconds from last year due to the coaches having 5 time outs per half. The four time outs per half has definitely helped in this regard.
You can read the rest of the key details here:
Hopefully, our voices as fans will continue to be heard loud and clear just like before–me being one outspoken critic in the beginning stages of this blog. Then and only then, we can turn the corner and make college basketball relevant during those sometimes stale Christmas parties and keep the momentum building from after the Super Bowl until the NCAA Tournament begins again in March.