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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