New rules in college basketball. It’s the one subject (and Tyler Ulis) that everyone seems to want to talk about now. Well, Ken Pomeroy had a fantastic breakdown using his algorithms and reporting on the differences in the game because of these rules.
There are more 3’s and free throws being shot. If you would have told me that before the season I wouldn’t be surprised. With the emphasis of cleaning up the game, that just makes it easier to get to the free throw line and the shortened shot clock is forcing teams to take longer shots.
But, what’s shocking is the 3-point accuracy isn’t suffering. Thanks a lot, Steph Curry, I guess? Over the last five years through the first three days of the season the shooting was between 31-34 percent. This year it’s at 32.2 percent. I would have guessed that accuracy would have been declined with having to take rushed shots.
Another thing to watch for, that I was just made aware of today by a coach is basketball is asking the lead official to be more hesitant when making a call and let the trailing official be aggressive. The old adage of the lead official being closer therefore having a better view was proved wrong based on studies and the wider viewing angle makes the trailing official in a better position to see what’s a foul and what’s not. Therefore, there will be late calls (you may have noticed it already), but you will notice it as the year goes on.
So, while the late call will send the crowd into an uproar, it will often be the correct call. So, far the rules have made the game more enjoyable, but would like to see a happy medium between physical play and constant free throw shooting.