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Officials may consider reducing shot clock in college basketball


April is reporting that the NCAA Men's basketball rules committee will consider reducing the shot-clock by five seconds - from 35-30 seconds.

Following the Gators' season, Florida coach Billy Donovan said the NCAA needed to address several issues including extremely physical play and the possibility of shortening the shot clock. But he said the latter comes with more problems.

"Here’s the alarming thing for me where I see the problem is in college basketball," Donovan said. "One, we can take the shot clock down, that would be good, but the difference is in the NBA you have a much wider lane. You are playing with a deeper 3-point line, so immediately there is more spacing on the floor, the NBA hand-check rules with what they do there and with zoning rules, there’s less contact. Our game in college has way more contact than in the NBA. I’m not saying we have more physical players, but there’s more contact in our game that’s allowed that you can’t do in the NBA. And I’m not saying we should model ourselves after the NBA. I’m just saying it as an example." senior writer Andy Katz surveyed coaches on their thoughts about moving the practice dates up and reducing the shot clock. Here's a link to the story on what he found out.


[Last modified: Monday, April 22, 2013 5:00pm]


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