Friday, May 15, 2015

Self says proposed changes in rules acceptable

Kansas head coach Bill Self calls a play during the second half on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self calls a play during the second half on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.


The NCAA made a series of changes to men’s college basketball two seasons ago in an attempt to boost scoring and reduce physical play under the basket.

Those changes barely moved the needle, so now the NCAA is taking more drastic steps.

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee recommended reducing the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds on Friday, the biggest step in a series of changes aimed at speeding up a game that has reached historic lows in scoring two of the past three seasons.

The new shot clock will be in place the next two seasons, the first time it has been reduced since dropping from 45 to 35 seconds in 1993-94. The newly shortened clock would be reevaluated after that.

The changes still must be approved by the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Committee, which meets next month.

Kansas University coach Bill Self said he liked the changes but didn’t expect a major difference.

“I think everything that was done was positive and will help our game over time,” Self said. “The rule change the media will probably make a big deal out of is the shot clock going from 35 to 30. That’s not a big deal. The biggest thing that came out of it, the game will be called more in a manner the rules (originaly) have been written. The game has become much too physical. You will see a change. This will create more freedom of movement among players, enforcing rules the way the game was meant to be played.”

The shot clock was the big news, but the committee recommended several other changes to speed up the game and take out some of the physical play.

The NCAA installed a restricted arc for block/charge calls in 2010-11 to reduce the number of collisions under the basket. Though the arc made a slight difference, it wasn’t good enough for the NCAA committee, which recommended expanding the semi-circle from three to four feet.

“It is fine. I don’t think it’s a big deal,” Self said of the 30-second clock. “The four-foot arc is good. Not allowing the 10-second re-set is good. The biggest change you’ll see, more fouls will be called initially. There has been a lot of rough play; a lot of illegal screening, bumping cutters, arm in the back, hand in the back. The game will become more free-flowing.”

The committee recommended reducing second-half timeouts by one per team and removing timeout calls in live-ball situations.

Possible additions: Self may need to add a player of two from another team to complete KU’s World University Games roster. He said if the Jayhawks sign one more player, he’d likely need another player who would be provided by a Big 12 team or another team. He said if he signs two more players, he likely won’t need to add anybody.


Kit Duncan 7 years, 4 months ago

Along with enforcing the new rules, I propose that the refs actually start calling traveling on players who use the three step spin move to the basket. It is rare when a player facing the basket actually stays on his pivot foot when reversing to make a lay-in. Kansas lost at least two games last season when an opposing player made the "spin" move and scored,in the waning seconds of those games, and the refs swallowed their whistles.

Rodney Crain 7 years, 4 months ago

IMO we need better organization of the officals calling the game. Right now they are loosely tied to conferences, with little oversight and bend to each conferences interpretation. Working as nomads they tend to work games as independants instead of a team of 3 or 4 officals. This seems to create disjointed calls, long reviews of calls, and some confusion game to game.

Similar to the pros it is past the time to solidfy officating in College Basketball.

John Strayer 7 years, 4 months ago

Amen to this one! That Staten move still blows my mind...It occurred way out on the court in front of God and everyone. Why have any rules if you chose not to enforce them in the waning minutes of a game?

Tony Bandle 7 years, 4 months ago

Proposed changes from Oakville to make the game more exciting:

1] Every third possession must be a three pointer.

2] Each team has to take at least one half court shot per half.

3] After 15 team fouls, the shooter gets three foul shots.

4] Two balls in play at all times.

5] Nobody fouls out; just every foul on a player counts as two points for the other team plus the foul shots.

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 4 months ago

Free substitutions like hockey. Or, no substitutions like baseball. Take your pick.

Humpy Helsel 7 years, 4 months ago

This is very simple. Want to make the game more exciting? Use international rules with widened lane. Their game is more fluid, more passing, and faster paced. I assume we will be playing international rules in the World University Games.

Joe Joseph 7 years, 4 months ago

If the NCAA really wants to speed up the game it needs to establish a defensive 3-second rule and widen the lane. Zone defense is awful for the game of basketball.

Joe Ross 7 years, 4 months ago

The OAD rule does not affect many teams. But outside of the age limit mandate, some kids are leaving as sophomores and juniors. Im curious as to the effect of declaring early on reduced scoring across the board. With experience comes skill, and with skill comes increased ability to score. This is certainly true on an individual level. Whether the sum of all early departures is detectable on the radar of collegiate scoring is what I question.

I hate the OAD rule. Wish it was TAD.

Bryce Landon 7 years, 4 months ago

The best rule change that can be made will come not from the NCAA, but from the NBA, in requiring a bachelor's degree of their players. Then the best players will have to stay in school where they belong.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 4 months ago

In regards to the timeout change, a few other changes I would add would be a team cannot call multiple timeouts on a single dead ball. Another change would be to make all timeouts under 2 minutes 30 second timeouts. Teams can still make their subs and draw up plays, but it would eliminate the TV timeout that accompanies a full timeout that late in a game. I would also not allow a player to call a timeout to prevent a held ball. Speaking of held balls, I would get rid of the possession arrow and have the players jump for it and teams that lose the opening tip get the ball to start the second half.

Instant replay is another issue can be addressed. Possession under 2 minutes, possession on an out of bounds, 2 or 3 pointer, and buzzer beaters (ga me or shot clock) and put a 45 second timer on reviews. If a ref can't figure it out that fast, the call isn't indisputable and the original call stands.

Another rule I would like to see implemented is continuation because it punishes lazy defense. Hacking a guy that blows by you to make the other team take the ball out of bounds is lazy defense. If you aren't quick enough to stay in front of your man, either double the guy or make your help defenders work to get a block or stop.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 4 months ago


6] Put the basket at 12'-0"...dunks will become rare and precious.

7] Let the cast from the movie This is the End become the offical ESPN and CBS Color Analysts.

8] Each season allow a university one game whereby all their alumni players are allowed to play....Pierce, Chalmers, Wiggins, the Morrii, Withey, Heinrich, Collison, Black, Embiid, etc. It would be one hell of a team.

9] Topless cheerleaders for the guys, the Chippendales for the girls!!

10] Actually play the game by Doc's Naismith's Rules....nnnaaahhh...that will never happen!!!!!

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