In an effort to bring more flow to the game and increase scoring, the NCAA Rules Committee has given the green light to reduce the current 35-second shot clock in college basketball to 30 seconds.
The NCAA Rules Committee was also thinking of implementing other new rules and ways to speed up the game. The reduction in timeouts is also a possibility.
More from Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News:
The committee had debated the shot clock length a year ago but opted to stay at 35. This time, despite the preference of chair Rick Byrd to remain there, the committee voted to make the move.
The rules committee wants to change timeout rules, as well, cutting the allotted number from five per team to four, with only three per team permitted to be carried over into the second half. When a team calls a strategic timeout within 30 seconds of a typical media timeout – the 16-, 12-, 8- and 4-minutes marks of each half – that will replace the media stoppage.
The NIT, CBI and CIT all experimented with a 30-second shot clock this past season. We’ll see if the change makes the game any better. It still has to go before one more committee in June before it becomes offical.