NCAA approves 30-second shot clock, other rule changes #iubb

The long-discussed possibility of reducing the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 seconds became a reality on Monday, not that the Hoosiers will have much trouble adjusting.

The thought of a five-second reduction was enough to make Troy Williams smile last month when the topic of impending rule changes arose during a spring wrapup session. A 30-second shot clock? Indiana is already used to a much tighter limit.

“We practice with a 24-second shot clock,” Williams said. “And it’s probably quicker than that. We’ll be used to it.”

The new shot clock headlines a list of changes approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, changes that will go into effect starting with the 2015-16 season. Among the new rules, the panel approved moving the restricted area under the basket from three feet to four feet to reduce the number of collisions, cutting the amount of timeouts alotted to coaches from five to four, with no more than three able to be carried from the first half over to the second half. Coaches also no longer have the ability to call live-ball timeouts.

Other changes going into effect next season include the ability for officials to review a shot clock violation on made field goals throughout the entire game instead of only the final minutes, while smaller technical fouls — like hanging on the rim, delaying the resumption of play, etc. — will now be one-shot technicals instead of two shots. The five-second closely guarded rule has also been removed, as has the prohibition on dunking in pregame warmups. The rule that resets the 10-second backcourt clock when a timeout is called has also been abolished.

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee first recommended the series of changes during its meetings last month. At their essence, the rule changes are in response to a 2014-15 season underscored by low-scoring games, broken tempo and a slew of stoppages that have slowed the final minutes of regulation to a crawl.

The per game scoring averages in Division I have been on the decline for most of the last few years. In 2010, the national average stood at 69.3 points per game before dropping to to 69.0 in 2011, 68.0 in 2012 and 67.5 in 2013. The figure received a brief boost in 2014, when teams combined to score an average of 71.0 points per game, but it fell again last season to 67.7 — which, according to Sports Illustrated, is the third lowest figure since 1952.

Last summer’s five-game tour of Montreal allowed Indiana to experience games played under a 24-second clock, which coach Tom Crean’s team fully embraced. After the NCAA announced in February that it planned to experiment with a 30-second shot clock during the NIT, Crean said 30 seconds would be a welcome change, but he’d like to see it reduced even further.

A 24-second shot clock would be a tough sell in the college game because the range of athleticism is not on par with its NBA counterpart, but Crean said last week during an IU Tailgate Tour event at Huber’s Winery that next season’s rule changes are a step in the right direction.

“What we learned from being in Montreal with 24 seconds, everybody over there is already playing 24 seconds, so it was new for us and we’re like, ‘Ok we’ve got to run our offense in 24 seconds,'” Crean said. “Those teams over there, they weren’t worried about the 24 seconds, they were more worried about getting another possession. That’s why their guards were such good rebounders from behind the 3-point line, that’s why there were steals and defensive pressure and different traps that would come at different times. That’s what I think it becomes. Who’s gonna figure out a way to not just play within that 30-second clock, but who’s gonna do the better job constantly game-in, game-out at creating more possessions, which is gonna create more easy baskets, which is gonna create more fouls. It allows you to play more guys.”

Crean also seemed excited by the adjusted 10-second backcourt rule. He said he’s spoken with fellow coaches who are already talking about pressing back into a zone to create confusion, slow the shot clock and force teams to make plays inside of a shortened clock.

“Where you get into your shot clock offense with 10, 11, 12 seconds, now you better be really good at seven seconds and under,” Crean said. “That’s where the changes are gonne be.”


  1. IU has to play 5 seconds less defense. Plus 5 seconds less to make am error on offense. That’s a good thing. Branch McCracken and the hurry’n Hoosiers were way ahead of their time.

  2. Why would the NCAA want the college game to more closely resemble the NBA? Were the TV ratings beginning to slip? No big deal, but most of these changes just seem unnecessary.

  3. Personally, I do not want any shot clock. I always thought a team going into a stall with the game tied or one point lead was as exciting as it gets. I also hate the 3 point shot except when IU with Alford won national championship. I aways felt a great pass with an excellent play should be awarded the same amount of points as a 3 point shot. Actually, just give 2 points for a basket regardless how it is scored and 1 point for free throw. Old fashion!

  4. I am sure NCAA is second-guessing themselves now that the great Podunker has stated his doubts on this blog. Podunker is right up there with Casey, Chet, Caitlyn Jenner, Bulitzer and Metta World Peace (now The Panda’s Friend) as they roam on their Harley-Davidson Segways as some of the most fascinating yet mildly impaired but very influential personalities of our time.

    Tom Crean still ahead. Mark Cuban has designed a clock that will shorten the current buyout by two years.

  5. The 30-second challenge to Crean:

    How do we achieve the highly beneficial hypnotic and restful sleep state imparted upon the mostly moth-eaten sea of old gray goats in the lower level seats Assembly from watching the ‘Magical Weave of Purposeless Perpetual Offensive Movement’ with FIVE FEWER seconds of overkill?

  6. That’s what I think it becomes. Who’s gonna figure out a way to not just play within that 30-second clock, but who’s gonna do the better job constantly game-in, game-out at creating more possessions, which is gonna create more easy baskets, which is gonna create more fouls. It allows you to play more guys.”

    Here’s the closest thing I could find to Tom Crean blowing it out his ______.. .

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