NCAA Committee Proposes 30-Second Clock for Men’s Basketball

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The shot clock in men’s college basketball will be shortened by five seconds to 30 if proposals to speed play are ratified by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The NCAA rules committee also approved changes to its media timeout structure; to the time allowed to advance the ball past half court; eliminating the ability of a coach to call a timeout when the ball is live; and a reduction in the amount of time available to replace a disqualified player.

The recommendations require approval by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss the topic on June 8, the NCAA said in a news release Friday.

“The committee has taken significant steps to reverse the trends in the sport that are concerning to the men’s college basketball world,” Rick Byrd, chairman of the committee and men’s basketball coach at Belmont University, said in a statement.

Division I scoring in men’s basketball dipped to 67.6 points per game last season, “which neared historic lows for the sport,” the NCAA said.

The NIT, CBI and CIT postseason tournaments all experimented with a 30-second clock in March, according to ESPN. The shot-clock period was reduced to 35 from 45 for the 1993-94 season.

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