NCAA Schedule Revision Talks Continue

Credit – Jonathan Dyer

By Ryan Touhey,

The NCAA Basketball Rules Committee continued to talk about the possibilities of shaking up the regular season schedule. According, to the News & Observer, one of them was possibly breaking up the games into four quarters instead of the two 20 minute halves. Ultimately, that idea was scratched.

In a statement given to NCAA.com, Keith Dambrot, the chair of the Committee and the head coach of Duquesne, said that, “We continue to be pleased with the trajectory of the game. Without a doubt, the rules changes and officiating emphasis in previous seasons have been successful. We continue to build on this and look forward to continuing the trend.”

According to the NCAA website, the Committee agreed that the revisions it made to the rules two seasons prior had a great balance in terms of the flow of play both offensively and defensively. Division I teams last year averaged 73.8 points per game, which was 8.7 percent higher than the season before that. The total point and field goal percentages were 44.4 percent, which was the highest they’ve been for the first time in over two decades.

Other ideas brought about by the Committee were increasing the width of the lane to 16 feet from its current 12 feet. Another was whether or not the 3-point line could be moved even further back from its 20 feet 9-inch spot.

According to the Committee, there has also been discussions as to increase the size of the coach’s box to 38 feet for this upcoming season. That would be a 10-foot increase from the current size of the coach’s box. The Committee also discussed about resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds when the ball is brought in bounds in the front court proceeding a foul or a violation by the defense. However, if there are more than 20 seconds on the clock, then it will not be reset.

There has also been talk as to when the referees should be able to look at instant replay for additional assistance with calls. According to the NCAA website, another rule change that the Committee has looked into are possibly allowing the officials to use instant replay during the final two minutes of the second half or final two minutes of overtime to check for a secondary defender who was out of the restricted-area arc.

Regardless as to whether or not some of these rules were to go into effect next season, it most likely won’t be the one thing that all college basketball fans think about or talk about. As long as there are interesting matchups throughout the course of the year and the fact that the players do get enough sleep for each and every game, that’s what’ll bring people to the games.

It’s not so much about alternating the game’s rules, it’s about adding some spice to the current matchup at hand and seeing how an ordinary regular season matchup can be turned into a thrill ride. There are other solutions to get fans to participate more such as meeting with some players or participating in more halftime activities. But if this is the direction that the NCAA Committee is willing to go, then so it is.

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