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Proposed changes to NCAA basketball rules range from benign to frustrating

From the sideline, UNC coach Roy Williams watches the Tar Heels in the national title game against Gonzaga in April. Proposed NCAA basketball rules changes would increase the size of the coach’s box from 28 to 38 feet.
From the sideline, UNC coach Roy Williams watches the Tar Heels in the national title game against Gonzaga in April. Proposed NCAA basketball rules changes would increase the size of the coach’s box from 28 to 38 feet. cliddy@newsobserver.com

The NCAA basketball rules committee left its major idea, breaking the game into quarters, on the table on Friday.

The committee’s proposals to the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel range from the benign (expanding the coach’s box on the sideline) to the frustrating (expanding the use of replay in the last 2 minutes of the second half or overtime).

The oversight panel will consider the proposals in June. The idea of splitting the game into four, 10-minute quarters (instead of two, 20-minute halves) did not gain any traction after the NCAA experimented with it during the NIT.

For the 32-team NIT this past March, the actual timing of the game didn’t change but the team fouls were reset at the 10-minute mark of each half. That helped avoid some of the problems from the championship game of the NCAA tournament when the game devolved early in each half into a free-throwing shooting contest.

The committee has been progressive in its thinking recently with changes to the shot-clock (shortened to 30 seconds) and an emphasis by officials on movement off the ball. Both measures have helped increase the scoring and possessions in the game. According to the AP, Division I teams averaged 73.4 points per game last season, up from 67.5 in the 2012-13. Points per game and field-goal percentage (44.4 percent) last season were the highest since 1994-95.

The proposals the committee announced Friday included:

▪  Increasing the size of the coach’s box from 28 to 38 feet

▪  Expanding the use of replay in the last 2 minutes to aid officials with some block-charge calls near the basket

▪  A mandatory minimum of 0.3 seconds be taken off the clock when the ball is legally touched.

▪  Making throw-in spots in the front court more consistent

▪  Reseting the shot clock to 20 seconds when the ball is inbounded in the front court after a foul or other violation by the defense, such as a kicked ball.

Joe Giglio: 919-829-8938, @jwiglio

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