College basketball fans can look forward to a different-looking game next year, as the NCAA officially approved a set of rule changes.
Beginning in the 2015-16 campaign, the shot clock will drop from 35 seconds to 30 and the block charge arc will follow NBA rules and go to four feet, up from three. There will also be fewer timeouts, though specifics there were not released.
The NCAA made the announcement on the March Madness Twitter page.
OFFICIAL! 30-sec shot clock, 4-foot arc, reduction in time outs among changes coming to men's basketball next season. pic.twitter.com/qgLqt0BS6D
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) June 8, 2015
Just how much of an impact these rule changes will have remains to be seen, but one big change is a near certainty. Instead of having the fast-paced, run-and-gun college offenses we’ve grown accustomed to seeing the past several years, teams will likely have to adjust to a slower pace and take more high-percentage shots.
Five seconds doesn’t seem like much, especially since the NBA shot clock is only 24 seconds, but it’s enough of a difference among student athletes that major mental adjustments will have to be made.
The college game has become known for featuring offenses that can score in bunches and knock down threes with freakish efficiency, but this change marks the likely end of that.
Instead, fans can look forward to tighter defense and more of an iso game, which would put NCAA basketball more on par with the NBA game.
Either way, this college hoops fanatic is very excited and next season can’t arrive quickly enough!
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Twitter