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NCAA likely to keep shot clock at 35 seconds


After meeting last week to vote on allowing basketball teams to practice two weeks earlier, the NCAA is meeting again over the next two days in Indianapolis to vote on a number of rule changes. One that will likely NOT be approved? The motion to shorten the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 seconds. CBS’ Jeff Goodman cites sources that say there was not a lot of momentum to make the change, so Big 10 basketball, you’re safe.

However, Goodman’s source did say that the following changes could be passed this week:

Flagrant fouls for the swinging of elbows will now be at the refs discretion instead of automatic, and coaches will be allowed to ask refs to review flagrant foul rulings

— Like in the NBA, officials will now be able to check replays during timeouts to determine whether or not a shot is a three, but only during the first 36 minutes of the game as to speed up the flow of the game

Referees will be able to review more plays during the final two minutes of the game, including whether or not a shot is a three, whether the clock has expired, or who has possession.

The block/charge rule may be altered slightly to benefit the offensive player in that the defender would have to be set before the offensive player begins the upward motion of his shot. The source tells Goodman this is in an effort to reduce the number of charge calls.

— A shortened shot clock following a foul in the frontcourt

— A stronger emphasis on current rules regarding hand-checking and cutting

I’ll believe it when I see it.

[NCAA set to vote on key rule changes; shot clock likely to remain]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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22 Comments for NCAA likely to keep shot clock at 35 seconds

  1. Mc
    12:22 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    So you’re saying officials will be more alert to the flopping of Indiana and Duke? I’ll have to see it to believe it.

  2. CatGrad7072
    12:25 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    More reviews? Welcome to the era of the 3 hour game

  3. blueneck
    12:28 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    It used to be that way that to draw a charge you had to be set before the player took off instead of just before contact. Problem is, that make it an even tougher judgement call (they don’t need a tougher job for sure). And also, many charges are on plays where the ball handler runs over a guy but never jumped or “took off.”

  4. Former College Baller
    12:32 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with most of these changes. Swinging elbows is necessary sometimes. And with the current block/charge rule, a player can technically squeeze in there and get set while the offensive player is in mid-air. Sure the defender was “set” when he was hit, but the offensive player had no chance avoid the collision.

  5. Umm...question?
    12:35 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe I am reading/interpreting these new rules incorrectly—–but according to the points mentioned above—-are we now saying that for questions regarding whether or not it was a three pointer—–the referees can check instant replay between minutes 1 – 36 and minutes 39 – 40………but not minutes 37 – 38?

  6. Finally
    12:36 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve said for years refs should check all players’ hands to make sure their nails are properly cut.

  7. But seriously
    12:36 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    They need to stop the offensive player deliberatly jumping into a defensive player while they are in the air off a fake. The offensive player is throwing themself into a defender. It’s one thing if a defender slaps or runs into you while shooting but if you fake someone out and a defender goes by you and you try to jump into them then that should be an offensive foul in the same realm as a charge. Looking at you Luke Hancock.

  8. Otis
    12:36 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    A new rule like that would have made a huge difference in the first round NIT game between Kentucky and Robert Morris which Kentucky lost

  9. UK
    12:43 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll believe the hand checking rule change when every UofL player fouls out of a game

  10. Former College Baller
    12:46 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    7 – agreed. Much worse in the NBA, but it’s a problem in college too. A defender is allowed to go straight up (rule of verticality), and calling a foul when the offensive player clearly intends to jump directly into them is BS.

  11. jaxcats8503
    12:51 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Mrs. TT, while talking about block/charge favoring offensive player, was the “Goodwin” a Freudian slip?

  12. Otis
    12:54 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    One day, in like 75 years, we will have 8 National Championships just like KY does now.

  13. RealCatsFan
    1:00 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    I like the fact that they are going to try to make the charge/block fall more in favor of the offensive players, and better enforcement of the hand checking and general mugging rules will help the game. I would like to see the act of faking an injury to draw a flagrant foul result in an automatic ejection if clearly evident on the tape – looking at you, Will Sheehey.

  14. Platinum Unis
    1:01 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Someone please explain why they would shorten the shot clock if a player is foulded in the front court…

  15. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    1:10 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    11 – Bahaha, yes. Yes it was.

  16. Syrin
    1:25 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    If they enforce hand checking, every one of Pitino’s players would have fouled out of every game. They are the hack masters.

    Look like someone wasn’t happy with the record low score of last year’s college teams.

  17. Syrin
    1:27 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    #7 – Amen. I’ve been saying the same thing for YEARS. The defender is allowed to jump straight up and down. Jumping into the defender is indeed a charge that they never call, or call it the wrong way.

  18. Rules
    1:27 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Actually enforcing the rules on the books this season would have resulted in a different champion. That and checking, reaching, and slapping BS while pressing and trapping is ridiculous. Fouls should be called on that defense.

  19. rixter
    2:03 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    In other words, nothing changes next year.

  20. UK Terry
    2:15 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    #19 Exactly. Blarges were supposed to be a point of emphasis THIS past year. To me, unless an offensive player runs over a players, pushes off or lowers their shoulder into the defender, there should never be an offensive called on a shot. If they want to call it the way they have called the block/charge, make it a turnover, not a foul, so that the best players are not crippled by some Wojo floor-slapping dork.

  21. Lance
    2:58 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    So in other words Doug Shows is going to get to use his “discretion” against us this year instead of a “stationary” rule? Oh crap.

  22. Dustin
    5:25 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Boo. NCAA needs to shorten the time clock. Gameplay has gotten so slow.