The NCAA, after a season that saw scoring and efficiency plummet to record low levels, is making changes in college basketball.The first is a lowering the shot clock from 35 to 30. The hope is to increase pace and scoring opportunities. That's not it as the NCAA released its changes in hip multimedia fashion with #MBBrules hashtag.
The NCAA committee wants to see many changes in regards to pace of play. The shot clock is one, but there are also less timeouts -- which ground games to a halt -- and more importantly more offensive freedom of movement. The college game and its physical game has drawn the ire of many fans, analysts and coaches over the year. UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma made waves in March about the state of the men's game and its scoring (USA TODAY).
Auriemma critiqued the men's game, which has had declining scoring for a decade.
"I think the game is a joke. … There's only like 10 teams, you know, out of 25, that actually play the kind of game of basketball that you'd like to watch. Every coach will tell you that there's 90 million reasons for it.The issue was brewing for some time, but a Sports Illustrated story in February helped bring the discussion to a national audience. The average scoring NCAA team at the time of the story, Feb. 22 , was 67.1 ppg. That was the lowest average scoring in the NCAAs since the 1952 season.
"The bottom line is that nobody can score, and they'll tell you it's because of great defense, great scouting, a lot of team work, nonsense, nonsense. College men's basketball is so far behind the times it's unbelievable. … Every other major sport in the world has taken steps to help people be better on the offensive end of the floor. They've moved in the fences in baseball, they lowered the mound."
The NCAA promised changes and began that road today.