NCAA Unlikely To Reduce Shot Clock
CBS SPORTS – The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee is meeting in Indianapolis, and a source told CBSSports.com the shot clock is not expected to be reduced.
“There’s not a lot of momentum to change the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds,” the source said.
However, the source did say the following rules changes could be passed on Wednesday and Thursday as the committee votes, and the group will also collaborate with the NABC Board of Directors and the NCAA Division I Championship Committee:
— The automatic flagrant fouls for the swinging of elbows will almost certainly be amended. The new rule will give referees a measure of discretion rather than it automatically being deemed a Flagrant 1 or Flagrant 2 foul depending on the nature of the elbow and whether excessive contact is made. Coaches would also be able to ask referees to go to the monitor to review flagrant-foul calls.
— As is the case with the NBA, officials will be able to check replays at timeouts to determine whether a made shot is inside the arc or a 3-pointer. This would help the flow of the game. This would only apply in the first 36 minutes of the game.
— Referees likely will be able to go the monitor in the last two minutes of the game for more than just flagrant calls, whether it’s a 3-pointer or whether the clock had expired. They would also be able to go in the final minutes to determine possession after a difficult call to determine which player was the last to touch the ball.
— The block/charge call could be slightly altered in an effort to help the offensive player. Under the existing rule, the secondary defender needs to be in legal guarding position before the player leaves the ground. The new interpretation would be that the defender needs to be set before the offensive player begins the upward motion of his shot. “We feel this would help referees and also reduce the number of charge calls,” the source said.
— Instead of a full 35-second shot clock following a foul in the frontcourt, it will likely be reduced to somewhere between 20 and 25 seconds in an effort to create a few more possessions each game.
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