Over the past few years, many pundits and fans alike have agreed that college basketball has not been as exciting as past decades. You can blame it on the one-and-done rule, elite coaching, or just the overall talent pool that college basketball has to offer.
However, many believe the duration of the shot clock has a lot to do with the overall slow pace and underwhelming scoring in recent years.
On Monday, NCAA committee chairman Rick Byrd told ESPN that the shot clock will likely decrease from 35 seconds to 30 seconds.
“Now there’s a real decent chance,” Byrd stated. “It’s pretty evident a lot more coaches are leaning that way. The opinion of coaches on the shot clock has moved significantly to reducing it from 35 to 30. And all indicators are pointing toward that.”
If this rule change goes through, we will see if it drastically changes anything at all.
However, something has to be done to help restore the buzz and excitement surrounding college basketball, especially with the lack of scoring in the sport.
“I think it’s fair to say the buzz about the game is that scoring in the 50s can be ugly,” said Byrd. “There’s a lot of talk about it — more coverage than ever before. All of that has created acceptance from the coaches’ side.”
The rules committee will be meeting in Indianapolis from May 12-15 to discuss this past season. The committee is allowed to change rules every odd season.