NCAA approves 30-second shot clock, other rules changes

  • 06/08/2015 3:36 pm in

The NCAA announced via the March Madness Twitter account on Monday afternoon that the proposed rules changes for men’s basketball have been approved.

Chief among the changes are a 30-second shot clock, a reduction of timeouts and the restricted area arc moving from three feet to four feet.

You can read the NCAA’s release on the rules changes from last month here.

Last week at the “on the road” tour stop at Huber Winery in Borden, Tom Crean discussed the rules changes, specifically the 30-second shot clock and allowing only a total of 10 seconds to advance the ball to the front court.

“What I think it becomes is, who is going to figure out a way to not just play within that 30 second clock, but who is going to do the better job constantly, game in and game out, of creating more possessions, which is going to create more easy baskets, which is going to create more fouls, allows you to play more guys,” Crean said. “We want to have a deep team. When you go to the bench and there’s not a huge difference between 8, 9 and 10 versus 3, 4 and 5 in that lineup, now you’ve really got a chance to be good.

“The 10-second backcourt rule, if there’s a timeout called, you don’t get a new 10 seconds. I think that’s great so you’ve got to pressure and at the same time, your press offense is going to have to be good, your secondary break is going to have to be good. How you attack changing defenses… some of the people I’ve talked to are definitely going to look at pressing more back into a zone because what they’re going to do is try to create confusion, slow that clock down, make you try to make plays inside of the shot clock. Now where you get into your shot clock offense at 10, 11, 12 seconds, now you better really be good seven seconds and under, eight seconds and under.

“So that’s where the changes are going to be. It’s not about, let’s just get ready for these rules. Let’s see how far into we can get at an even higher level with creating those possessions and having an understanding of how well that ball has to move without wasting time and with playing the game with more of a pace constantly, especially on the defensive end.”

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  • TomJameson

    I’m just chiming in here, not trying to pick on anyone.

    Timeouts do disrupt the flow of the game, whether they be TV or coaches timeouts, but they still have to happen because of the economics. They have to. Doesn’t matter if they show ads during other TOs as well. They have to happen for the money. All arguments to the contrary are just moot.

    Money talks, the rest is just background noise.

  • Jtime

    Coaches timeouts are supposed to disrupt the flow of the game. That is their main role. We aren’t debating whether there should be more or less timeouts. That has been decided. Just saying if you are going to eliminate timeouts, eliminate the scheduled TV timeouts that serve no purpose other than running ads. Ads run during the coaches timeouts as well and the coaches timeouts serve a purpose(disrupting the flow of the game).

  • TomJameson

    Defense has always been important, so I’m not going to say it will be MORE important now, but I think there can be a different focus. Both rules – Knocking 5 seconds off the shot clock and “just” 10 seconds to bring the ball across half-court – will bring a different focus – we will see more presses this year from everyone.

    From a few comments he’s made, I think CTC has the intention to press more. IMHO – IU needs to implement a constant soft press just to slow the opposing offense down and get into both the initial 10-seconds and the 30-second shot clock. Then you mix it up and jump on it with an occasional hard press to cause confusion and turnovers. I guarantee we’ll see a lot of presses thrown against us.

    Our offense will be okay … once we get the ball over half-court. The dribble-drive will work like it has (9th best??). We will just have to focus on getting the ball up court. THAT is where a good 3-guard offense will help IU out a lot! We have a bunch of really good ball handlers, so I’m not really worried about that. (I truly think Harrison Niego will surprise some).

    Our defense needs to focus on the press, but also protecting the rim if the press is broken too easily. Some kind of zone maybe, but I really prefer the man-to-man.

    Our deep and talented bench will help us a lot in all this mess.

  • TomJameson

    I know coaches timeout are partly to disrupt the opposing teams, another reason is to set up a particular play, but I didn’t mention that because I thought it was self-evident.

    I also know the debate is about “which” timeouts are eliminated. I thought I was pretty clear that the scheduled TV timeouts are necessary – thinking they “serve no purpose other than running ads” is just wrong. The purpose is to make money so the game can be aired.

    No other economical model will work for all the variables that go into the whole idea of showing a game. I’m actually surprised that one of the coaching timeouts were eliminated because they show ads (make money) on those as well … unless it was one of the 30-second timeouts.

  • TomJameson

    The NBA rules aren’t even enforced, or enforced VERY unevenly depending on who breaks them. Travelling has always been easy to pick on because some stars are allowed 3 or 4 steps and still don’t get that call. LOL But there is some serious holding going on, vicious screens, etc… The NBA game is being ruined by the officiating, not the rules themselves. And you are right, CBB is following right along that path.

  • marcusgresham

    Yeah, but I also have to consider that was as stretch that took place after Johnson and Blackmon both got hurt. I don’t think either quite “got it all back” for the rest of the season after the injuries.

  • marcusgresham

    I would say “the integrity, flow, coaching control of the game {was} compromised” the minute coaches had to consent to being interviewed during the damn games.
    Edward Van Halen never had to talk to a reporter on the side of the stage just before he broke into “Eruption.”
    As for the timeouts disrupting flow, you know they’re coming at set intervals so it shouldn’t come as a surprise. If that’s the argument then you would also have to point out that halftime interrupts the flow of the game.

  • Lance76

    I emailed BTN just yesterday to ask when they would start to steam for monthly fee. TV is changing in the market place. It will be interesting to see the change.

  • IULore

    You get 3 steps in the NBA. Legit traveling by steps is rare, it’s more pivot foot sloppiness, which goes on in college too.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    As fast as we play that shot clock rule won’t bother us a bit. GO HOOSIERS!!

  • Hoosier89

    I think an opposing coach would be tremendously foolish to try to press us. Where our offense sometimes struggles is the half-court. Pressing gives our athletes much more room to work with and makes protecting the basket much more difficult. You would press to expose a lack of ball handling. This is not the case for our team.

  • Hoosier89

    You can make a case for screening being an issue in the NBA, but overall I think the rules are more evenly enforced against both teams than in college. At least the style of play allowed is pretty consistent in every game. Home court officiating advantage is out of control in the NCAA. You don’t know night-to-night what will be allowed and what won’t. I will also say there is much less impedance of ball handlers and off ball movement in the NBA that is allowed.

  • Hoosier89

    This isn’t the case in soccer, which I would like to see a breakdown as to why that sport can go on uninterrupted but people claim that other sports must.

  • hoosier93

    Kelvin Sampson will be going into his 2nd year at Houston this coming season.

  • hoosier93

    You get “3 steps.” It’s actually a gather and then 2 steps. Which is also happens in college.

  • hoosier93

    Just one of those things I guess. I think moving to 4 quarters instead of halves would do wonders wroth timeouts and the flow of the game.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    True, after Sampson had to appeal for years and Houston had to put their compliance lives on the line with the NCAA. He was banned before these two aspects were agreed upon.

  • hoosier93

    He was never permanently banned from coaching CBB. He had a 5 year slow cause that ended in 2013.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Show cause is the same as being banned, i.e. Todd Bozeman. The NCAA makes it impossible to rehire a show cause coach

  • Kyl470

    You are spot on. Most of the crazy traveling in the NBA isn’t guys taking extra steps it’s dragging their pivot foot or changing their pivot foot.

  • TomJameson

    Although I agree with the out of control home-court officiating in CBB, I don’t agree at all about your take on the NBA. It has a horrible home court advantage as well as the traveling no-calls, impedance and holding (that’s what the “body block” screens really are LOL), and just unequal officiating all around. What really gets me is when special stars are allowed to do almost anything they want.

    Obviously I am extremely fed up with the officiating in college as well as the professional levels. I think it is a travesty that won’t be “fixed” by tweaking the rules. What needs tweaking are the officials themselves!

  • TomJameson

    Exactly why I’m not worried about it. IU will be pressed to the opposing teams own risk, we’ll get some fairly easy baskets before they learn.

    On the other end, I think IU will get hit with a lot of zone, but I’m not worried about that too much anymore because of the balance we finally have. There will be as many as four 3-point shooters on the floor at a time, some kick-butt drivers and slashers, and a good middle. Just so many ways to score. Of course there will be off nights, there always are, but there won’t be many I’m sure. That’s the optimist in me speaking. lol

  • TomJameson

    As I said, I think some stars are allowed more (yes, same as college). More steps, more pushing, more grabbing, more rule breaking. They know the crowd pays to watch them play, the official know who pays the bills, and that’s just the way it is.

    I saw an old clip of Michael Jordan getting in a fight. Jordan threw a punch, the other guy got thrown out! Drastic example, but true.

    Watch the great Lebron James on his drive to the basket. He is not dragging a pivot foot, he’s driving to the basket. Picks up the ball, takes four steps, and dunks the ball. That’s travelling by the stars and allowed all over the NBA. I don’t think I’ll ever change my mind on that.

  • SilentBob

    Wasn’t banned but I get what your saying. The NCAA is pathetic. Sampson texts players too much and our whole program pretty much gets destroyed for 3 years. Although I have heard Sampson and staff hid drug tests as well but I don’t remember if they were caught. Yet Syracuse shows poor academic judgement and hides drug tests for a decade plus and they get a slap on the wrist and Boeheim is still considered a legend. Smh. UNC has academic fraud and they offer Roy Williams an extension! Yea I know his name never came up in the report, but that’s half the point. I have no doubt in my mind that Crean knows everything that is going on academically in his program.

  • IUMIKE1

    Yea, always make me think of the Jerry Tarkanian quote, ” did you see what the ncaa did to, insert low to mid major name here, evidentaly they’re mad as hell at pUKe “. A lot more truth to that than they will ever admit.

  • oldiugymnast

    Let’s not forget a banged up holt and a number of games without HMP.

  • oldiugymnast

    BTN to go already has that – $10 a month for every game live.

    Edit – works with airplay on apple TV and streams at 1080i if you have fast enough broadband.

  • oldiugymnast

    Eddie was never sober enough to talk. 🙂

  • oldiugymnast

    Not to mention that he hooks his defender nearly everytime he has the ball in the block.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    LOL! Bobby Bowden of FSU,,,” The recruits sure like those cars”.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Amen. I love this board and we would be here all week if an article was written about the NCAA unethical behavior and bias approach to numerous Universities.

  • dwdkc

    Press IU = open 3s. Death. We might turn it over a little when Yogi’s not on the court, so we need to see some development, but with good handles on our guards and Troy–and no reason to think Collin can’t improve here too–we should be fine. Bryant is apparently a very good ballhandler too as the relief valve.

  • dwdkc

    Actually CBB is stuck where the NBA was in the 90s when Pat Riley almost ruined the league with thugball. They started calling handchecking and reduced physicality on the ball in the NBA and the product improved. They said they would do that in college in ’12-13, did for a few weeks, and then stopped. Letting them have a scrum under the basket every possession is ruining the game. If they do crack down to allow more freedom of movement, IU will benefit (as will the aesthetics of the game overall). Then more true players can shine, rather than giving the edge to unskilled but strong athletic guys.

  • dwdkc

    I mostly agree with this, but his less skilled teams from 2+ years ago do rely on using the whole clock if that’s what it takes to break down the D and get off the good shot. Last year they were so good it didn’t matter, but his normal teams are marginally less effective with less time to work. If only a little. However they are also very fundamentally sound on D and this also plays into their hands so maybe it evens out.

  • Hoosier_PD

    I didn’t say they shouldn’t be airing commericals, i’m just saying the B1G isn’t hurting.

  • StevieV610

    While I’m not a fan of lowering the shot clock as I think it gives even less time to run an offense effectively, I’m more concerned about the unheralded end to the “closely-guarded” turnover. One of the major problems with NBA Iso-ball is that players don’t have to move the ball due to the lack of the 5-second closely guarded rule. Can someone please shed some light on why they eliminated it for CBB?

  • Hoosier Hall

    Also had Hartman out for a few.

  • hoosier93

    Because you can run in effective offense in well under 30 seconds. If you can’t… stop playing basketball.

  • Hoosier89

    When was the last time you saw it called?

  • Vernon Aldrich

    Good coaches can effectively use timeouts to shift the momentum of a game…

  • marcusgresham

    You have a valid point. When your drinking is so prevalent that you don’t realize your hip bone has all but disintegrated you might want to cut back. Of course, when he did cut back that’s when he realized what kind of pain he was in and got a replacement.

  • marcusgresham

    If you have never heard the late, great comedian, Tim Wilson, do his bit on Bobby Bowden do yourself a favor and Youtube it.

  • IURob1997

    Bottom line is the TV timeouts are still timeouts for both teams as well. Not like they are forced to sit on the floor away from the coaches. So they still get those timeouts built in plus some to call. I love this change. Coaches do too much calling every timeout they save in the last min of the game anyways.

  • IURob1997

    Hopefully since they went to 4 quarters for women’s games it will work out and they will use it for men’s too soon. I would love the reset in fouls so teams are parading to the foul line for 15 min straight in some halves.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I will Marcus. Thanks and have a nice day.

  • hoosier93

    Same here. Womens game has been moving so much faster than the mens. No clue why.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Marcus hello. I listened to Tim Wilson’s Bobby Bowden script. Fantastic and thanks for the info. Have a nice day and thanks again.