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NCAA’s possible rule changes for men’s basketball are…interesting

The NCAA is considering rule changes for men’s basketball next season, and some of them could really shake up the sport. This morning, CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander shared screenshots of the survey the NCAA sent out, and college basketball Twitter is all aflutter. Among the proposed changes: moving to six fouls (with conditions), getting rid of the one-and-one free throw, more instant replay, and limiting timeouts in the final two minutes and/or overtime.

Here’s the complete list:

2020-21 Possible Rule Changes (via @MattNorlander)

— Widen the lane to 16 feet

— Reset team fouls at the 10:00 minute mark of each half and begin double bonus on the 5th team foul of each 10-minute segment. This would eliminate the one-and-one free throw.

— Allow laptops, tablets, or similar devices in the bench area for coaching purposes.

— Adopt a modified six-foul rule with the following provisions:

1. A player may not commit more than three personal/technical fouls in any one half. Penalty – disqualification.

2. A player may commit three personal/technical fouls in the first half and three in the second half. In this case, the player is allowed six fouls before being disqualified.

3. A player may commit two personal/technical fouls in the first half and would be disqualified on his fourth personal/technical in the second half. Total – six fouls.

4. A player may commit zero or one personal/technical fouls in the first half and would be disqualified on the player’s fourth personal/technical in the second half. See #1.

— Award possession of the ball to the defense when they create a held ball situation.

— Limit the number of timeouts that may be called by any one team in the last two minutes of the second period or of any overtime period to two.

— In the last two minutes of the second period or of any overtime period, allow instant replay review of potential shot-clock violations when the shot is unsuccessful.

— Eliminate the ten-second backcourt rule.

— Permit the use of Instant Replay on all basket interference/goaltending calls throughout the game, but only when a call has been made by an official.

— Permit a team to decline free throws in the last two minutes of the last period or of any overtime period and elect possession of the ball for a throw-in instead.

— Eliminate offensive basket interference after the ball hits the ring or flange. Would make the rule consistent with the FIBA rule.

— Adjust the traveling rule to allow a player to take two steps after lifting his pivot foot which would make moves such as the spin move, Euro-step and step-back shot legal.

— Eliminate the five second closely guarded rule.

 

Some of these, like allowing laptops or tablets on the sidelines, are no-brainers. I even like the concept of moving to six fouls under certain conditions and limiting timeouts in the final two minutes. However, getting rid of the one-and-one free throw?! Nothing about block/charge or moving to four quarters?

I know you’ve got thoughts, so share ’em in the comments.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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42 Comments for NCAA’s possible rule changes for men’s basketball are…interesting



  1. BlueBanker18
    1:08 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    Halves > quarters. Don’t ever change that.



    • Daddyof3Ballers
      1:47 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

      Disagree. Quarters are the best option, and allows every level of basketball to be played the same



    • BlueBanker18
      2:35 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

      No level of basketball is on the same level as men’s college basketball.



    • chardun20
      2:35 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

      I totally agree BlueBanker18.



    • sasquatch_1971
      9:45 am April 15, 2021 Permalink

      The game is already divided into 1/8 segments anyway because of the 16, 12, 8 and 4 minute mandatory timeouts per half. What difference does it make?



  2. nickobeazo
    1:10 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    I know it hardly ever gets called, but eliminating the 10 second rule is just dumb. Also a jumpball needs to be what it is, a JUMPBALL.



    • Daddyof3Ballers
      1:48 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

      Agree!



    • BuzzedBaker
      2:00 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

      I agree that the NBA rule would be better… but anything is better than how tie-ups are currently handled. Currently, a defensive team has no incentive to create a tie-up if the possession arrow is not in their favor. It makes it extremely deflating when a player hustles to play good d and then is rewarded by the other team keeping the ball.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      10:18 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

      That’s only half true buzzed. A good defender knows a tie up will switch the arrow in their favor for the more important late game plays.



    • sasquatch_1971
      9:51 am April 15, 2021 Permalink

      There is only 30 seconds to shoot. If it takes more than ten seconds to get up the court then the offense isn’t working anyway and the it will most likely be rushed into a turnover or shoot a bad shot. So the 10 second rule is somewhat redundant.



  3. jasonclark1984
    1:15 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    I wish they would get rid of charge/block call just dangerous and lazy. But if they get rid of the 10 second rule wouldn’t that eliminate the need to press? I don’t like that change



  4. RvilleCat
    1:21 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    I don’t like all the stipulations with the 6 fouls. Keep it simple, make it six fouls or not. Don’t care much for quarters and I agree with nickobeazo…..a jump ball should be exactly what it is. I think we tried that change a few years ago after Vitale complained enough on TV.



  5. UKinIN
    1:24 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    Awarding a held ball to the defense is a terrible change because there is no defined standard for what constitutes a held ball. Ive seen it called even if the defender doesn’t have a hand on the ball. Also, here’s the game plan going forward with the rule: U of L shoots a three and misses, UK rebounds the misses shot, U of L is now on defense so they go for the held ball, it’s called, ball back to U of L. Who wants to watch that?



  6. WKY Cat
    1:26 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    If the NCAA would just hammer the cheating programs they might regain credibility for rule changes.



  7. sprtphan
    1:28 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    NCAA has too much time on its hands. Thinking way too hard.



  8. mashman 93
    1:30 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    The refs have been terrible on jump ball possession like the other guy said on here sometimes the defender doesn’t have two hands on the ball it ridiculous!!!! Charge/block needs to be looked at and not sure I like getting rid of the one and one or the 10 second rule.



  9. TBW3011
    1:34 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    Go to 1/4’s. Just make it 6 fouls. Defense didn’t take the ball away. Awarding it to them for sticking their hand on it is stupid. Who’s the defense when’s there’s a lose ball rebound and two guys get tangled up going for it?



  10. TBW3011
    1:36 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    Charges should be committed, not taken. You shouldn’t try to take a charge. Guard somebody. If they run over you in the process it’s a charge. The current charge is nothing more than a bailout for people who can’t guard.



    • bosch8184
      2:52 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

      Amen. Amen. Couldn’t agree more.

      Let’s not forget this stupid fad started with annoying flopping twerps at Duke.



  11. TBW3011
    1:39 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    Declining free throws is insane also. Defense makes you throw it in to a bad FT shooter and you can just decide to get a do over? Lol



  12. chris43
    1:43 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    I don’t care for the majority of these changes.



  13. secrick
    1:48 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    Don’t like any of them. The transfer rule is also one i don’t like. Keep messing around with College Basketball and it will end up just like the nba, which hardly anyone watches any more.



    • 44stewart
      2:02 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

      So you going to start penalizing coaches who leave before contract? You going to make scholarships 4 years instead of yearly. Currently a coach can take your scholarship away after 1 year. Current system rewards those in power and penalizes those that make the money.



  14. wildcatdon
    1:54 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    Awful changes. The spin move that is done now is walking and is never called. Now they want to legalize walking. What a joke. If these rules are implemented I am completely done with college ball. Geez.



  15. Aar
    2:00 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    The game is barely watchable with five fouls. More fouls would make it way worse.



    • Jpcat15
      2:13 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

      Completely agree.



    • ukyelecteng
      2:13 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

      Agree. Instead of adding another foul they should get to the root of the problem and not call as many fouls in the first place.



  16. Jpcat15
    2:12 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    Hate all the proposals, but the funniest is letting more walking. Guys walk constantly, carry the ball constantly and double dribble all the time without it getting called. Who wants to see even more of that? Just craziness.



  17. Eddiemcwildcat
    2:19 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    How about they actually call all the walks, carrying/palming and 3 seconds. Leave well enough alone.



  18. Swizzle
    2:36 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    Lets play with a womens ball too, make it as ridiculous as possible.



  19. bosch8184
    2:57 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    Hard no on quarters.

    Should be 3 time outs per half, or 2 in the first and 3 in the second. No more. Way too many stoppages for TOs and reviews.

    I haven’t seen a 10 second call since the 1990s, so who cares.

    Charges shouldn’t count against your foul total if they aren’t going to get rid of them. Basically centers should be allowed to run over PGs all night if they are just going to stand there and not attempt to play defense.



    • BobbyBlue
      3:21 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

      Early in games “ intentional” fouls are real, and are called as such.
      In the last couple of minute fouls are called against the team that is behind that in actuality are “intentional” and would have been treated as such earlier.
      Hell if it’s an intentional at 10 minutes in it should be an “ intentional” with the game on the line.
      Yeah I realize it makes the ending more dramatic, but an “intentional” foul should not be dependent on the time of the game . JMO



  20. Bluenblood
    3:16 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    A lotta dumb ideas. Wth are these people thinking



  21. bailey14
    3:16 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    I hate to see the college game follow the pro game. Except the 6 fouls!!!



  22. CJKAssassin123
    3:19 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    Actually the proposed change to the traveling call would Actually help to increase the effectiveness of Cal’s old school Dribble-Drive offense. If his players are allowed to Euro-step, take stepback shots,and execute spin-moves ; then his teams should be Be able to get to the rim and score a lot more frequently, meaning the need for offense from perimeter shooting and 3pt shoots reduces a bit.



  23. Bigblueswami
    3:28 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    I don’t like eliminating the 10 second rule just because you limit the effect if a team wants to full court press. Part of creating turnovers comes as that starts to get close to 10 seconds a people panic.



  24. Cousins Fake Tooth 2
    3:44 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    Stupid. Pass.



  25. JGo
    4:28 pm April 14, 2021 Permalink

    Get rid of the 3pt line. Keep the 10 sec rule, 5 fouls. All tie ups should go to jump ball. Give defense an equal op and stop favoring the O. Move the line around the basket out further eliminating charges so close to the basket. GET RID of the 3 pt line. This is what is hurting all levels of basketball. get back to creating an inside game. Stop changing the game. Get back to when basketball was simple and enjoyable.



  26. Urincatland
    3:43 am April 15, 2021 Permalink

    I’d love to see something done about FLOPPING! Allow referees to go to the monitor and if it’s a flop then a TECHNICAL should be called. Therefore it would stop all the FLOPPING bullSh!t.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      8:34 am April 15, 2021 Permalink

      That ain’t happening, the NCAA is to invested in Duke winning games.



  27. M.T.Pockets
    10:18 am April 15, 2021 Permalink

    the way kids dribble the ball today they never would have made it to half court before turning it over in the 70’s. a good ball handler was a joy to watch, but today the difference is like the difference between a ballet dancer and a marionette on strings. as I read the list of changes two old sayings kept coming to mind, ” if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, ” and ” progress always means change, but change doesn’t always mean progress ” .



  28. BallDontLie
    7:22 pm April 15, 2021 Permalink

    Quarters should be a no brainer