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NCAA moves one step closer to switching to quarters

Interesting news from the NCAA this morning: in this year’s NIT, they’re going to experiment with some new rules, one of which would reset team fouls to zero at the end of 10-minute segments in each half. The NCAA says the move is in response to discussion about switching from two halves to four 10-minute quarters in the game. The NCAA’s not ready to make the switch to quarters yet, but is testing the waters with this new rule.

“The committee believes resetting the team fouls to zero at the 9:59 mark of each half may have the same effect as resetting the team fouls to zero at the end of each quarter, while at the same time allowing for men’s college basketball to retain the unique format of two 20-minute halves,” the release reads.

The other rule they’ll experiment with in the NIT is resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds instead of 30 seconds when the ball is inbounded in the front court. The rules committee says they’re experimenting with this rule in hopes of increasing the number of possessions for each team, which, in theory, would increase scoring.

One step closer to four quarters…yay or nay?


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24 Comments for NCAA moves one step closer to switching to quarters



  1. memphis wildcat
    12:55 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    So how would the bonus and double bonus work? 1 and 1 at 3 fouls and double bonus at 5?



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      1:00 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      From the NCAA:

      In the experimental rule regarding resetting the team fouls, the one-and-one free throw bonus will not occur. Instead, teams will shoot two free throws in the following examples:

      – Each team is limited to a team total of four personal and technical fouls (excluding administrative technical fouls) during each 10-minute segment of each half.
      – The first 10-minute segment of each half will begin when the ball becomes live to begin the half and will end when the game clock reads 10:00. The second segment will begin when the game clock reads 9:59 and ends when the half ends.
      – When a team has reached the four-foul limitation, all subsequent personal and technical fouls (excluding administrative technical fouls) will be penalized by two free throw attempts.
      – Each team’s foul total will reset to zero when any 10-minute segment has ended.
      – The rules regarding penalties for fouls in the act of shooting, flagrant fouls or technical fouls will not be affected by this experimental rule and will always result in two free throws unless the rules specifically say otherwise.
      – In any overtime period, when a team has reached a total of three personal and technical fouls (excluding administrative technical fouls), all subsequent personal and technical fouls will be penalized by two free throw attempts.



    • Squall Leonhart
      10:55 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      I can see some of these rule changes, especially the two different standards for setting the shot clock, resulting in more in-game “committee meetings” between the refs to deal with correcting errors and mistakes. Leave good enough alone…no need to overcomplicate things like this



  2. ukjaybrat
    1:03 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    This doesn’t address the big road block for quarters which is that tv networks would lose a tv timeout
    right now it’s

    8 TV timeouts plus halftime:
    1H-16:00
    1H-12:00
    1H-08:00
    1H-04:00
    HT
    2H-16:00
    2H-12:00
    2H-08:00
    2H-04:00

    Quarters would look like:
    1Q-5:00
    E1
    2Q-5:00
    HT
    3Q-5:00
    E3
    3Q-5:00

    They would lose 4 TV timeouts but gain the 2 quarter breaks. overall would lose 1 TV timeout per half of basketball. That’s a lot of money



    • bhb71
      1:15 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      That’s a valid point. I wonder if they would consider making the quarter breaks the length of two TV timeouts to make up for it.



    • Mc12
      1:17 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      They can fix this by throwing ads on the players uniforms. Maybe even pay the players to throw a henna tattoo on. Or maybe even let the announcers read a few ads while calling the game. One other example could be that every time Roger Ayers gives Calipari a technical a Cow can walk across the court with an eat more chikin sign. A portion of this added revenue can go to the networks.

      Those are just a few of my bad ideas.



    • Kentucky Packrat
      4:03 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      I am divided concerning quarters versus halves, but I think it’s high time that the NCAA takes one of the NBA’s rules: shared timeouts.

      In my version, each team gets 2 TV timeouts per half and 3 regular timeouts for the whole game. Keep the 12:00, 08:00, 04:00 burnoff schedule for TV timeouts; but if a coach calls a timeout before one is due, then that timeout is out of the TV total first. IMHO, this would make the TV timeouts fit the game flow better; play would stop more when coaches wanted it to, and less on clocked intervals. (You could also only allow 1 TV timeout per team per 10 minutes, to keep from piling up the TV timeouts in one part of the half.)

      The NBA uses this basic rule now, and IMHO TV timeouts generally flow in the game much better than in the NCAA. You certainly get less “and we’ll see the free throws right after these commercial messages”.



    • Yev
      10:02 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      This has an amazingly simple answer. You just slightly increase the length of each break. I honestly have no idea how long a TV timeout is right now, but I think that if you added 1 30 secodn commercial to each break, in the end you are at a push, maybe even have more.

      Dont like that, you could sell a corner ad on screen while the first free throw is being shot each time.



  3. Rod Crandler
    1:11 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    Here is a great idea for a change: Teach the refs what is a foul and what is not a foul. Don’t call fouls when no advantage is gained unless it’s blatant.



  4. Mc12
    1:11 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    I’m all for any rule which can limit the impact that bad officials can have on the outcome of a game. I also believe it’s time to increase the foul limit to 6. I realize the NBA plays 48 minute games, but their refs are less likely to call ticky tack fouls, especially away from the ball.



    • RealCatsFan
      2:14 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      I was getting ready to post the same thing about increasing the number of player fouls to 6. Especially with all the BS ticky-tack fouls the refs call this year.



  5. runningunnin.454
    1:16 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    I watched a game last week, the last minute of the game took 35 minutes. How about fouls in the last minute would award the offense 2 shots and the ball back.
    It would stop “intentional” fouls, and would stop turning the game into a FT shooting contest.



    • Mc12
      1:21 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      I’ve started adding 3 hours to the end of my DVR recordings just to be safe.



    • bhb71
      1:35 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      I’ve had the same thought, but the problem with that is that it leaves too much of the game on the shoulders of the ref.

      Imagine this scenario: It’s a tie game with 40 seconds left on the clock, and Team A has the ball and is in the bonus. Team A sets up in the half court, Team B sets up on defense. Team A’s PG drives the lane. Team B’s 5 sees the PG start to drive and plants himself well before the PG can get to the rim. Collision happens on the floor with 28 seconds left, and the ref calls a blocking foul on the Center. If the PG hits either FT, it’s basically game over because of that one missed call. Other than try to steal an inbound pass or trap and try to force a turnover, what can Team B do?



    • runningunnin.454
      1:36 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      Smart move. Another thing, ESPN and CBS control the game times; they should allow more than 2 hours for a game. Very aggravating when UK is the 2nd game, and the 1st game eats into the start of our game.



    • wesmorgan1
      3:31 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      Heck, just have the refs call intentional fouls. It’s already in the rulebook, they just refuse to use it.



  6. OhioCat84
    1:21 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    I suggest dropping bonus and give 2 Shots after 5th foul. I also say give an additional tv break in 2nd and 4th quarters. Typically see a slew of timeouts toward end of games anyway.



  7. Kevin C
    1:36 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    This is laughably retarded…so not surprising at all that it comes from the NCAA.



  8. ClutchCargo
    1:55 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    I think I could have been all-conference in quarters when I was in college. Oh, wait…



  9. KatFromHell
    2:34 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    How about going to NBA route and eliminating the zone defense?



    • Sentient Third Eye
      3:01 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      The NBA allows zones as long as no defender stays in the paint for more than three seconds (just like offensive players).



  10. secrick
    2:34 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    I suggest no change at all, college Basketball is great.



  11. wesmorgan1
    3:47 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    Go watch an NAIA women’s game – they’ve been doing this (quarters + resetting fouls) all season. (One of my daughters plays NAIA ball…)

    I see fewer FTs for fouls away from the ball (since fouls reset each quarter), less effective pressure/full-court defense (since they now get two quarter breaks + halftime) and more frequent substitutions.



  12. It was me Stoops the whole time
    9:29 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    I’m against anything that will result in a point guard dribbling for 25 seconds before jacking up a terrible 25 ft 3. This currently only happens at the end of the half and the end of a tie game. Now it would happen 3 to 4 times a game. The game flow is already stunted enough, quarters would just add to that.