The final hurdle for college basketball games to play with a 30-second shot clock was cleared when the NCAA approved the new rule on Monday.
In a way to speed up the game and bring some much-needed scoring to the game, the NCAA approved the rule change at their June meetings. Other rule changes were also implemented, and they include a 4-foot arc and reductions in timeouts. The rules will go into effect for the 2015-16 season.
NCAA’s March Madness Twitter account confirmed the news:
OFFICIAL! 30-sec shot clock, 4-foot arc, reduction in time outs among changes coming to men's basketball next season. pic.twitter.com/qgLqt0BS6D
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) June 8, 2015
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“The areas of concern in our game have been about pace of play, about scoring, about increased physicality defensively,” NCAA rules committee chairman Rick Byrd said last month. “There are concerns about how long it takes to play our games sometimes, particularly as we’ve introduced review in the last two minutes. I think we’ve addressed all these areas as best we can.”
The NCAA experimented with the new shot clock and restricted area rules in the 2015 NIT. Byrd said the NIT data did not “indicate a negative effect in terms of scoring and possessions.”
With all these changes, the NCAA is hoping the flow of the games becomes more fluid and exciting. It should be an interesting year of transition and adjustment for the NCAA. This could be good for the game, though, as many fans were becoming disinterested in the bogging down of the game.