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NCAA rule changes approved include reduced shot clock

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The pace of play and scoring should increase slightly for the 2015-16 college basketball season.

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Bye bye 35-second shot clock.

The NCAA announced Monday hat the proposed rules changes for men’s basketball have been approved, including a 30-second shot clock:

The hope is that a shorter shot clock will lead to more possessions, a faster pace of play and perhaps an increase in scoring. Analytics expert Christopher Long offered his take on how the shorter shot clock would change the game:

Other rules changes approved include a reduction of timeouts and the restricted area arc moving from three feet to four feet. Making the arc smaller will hopefully lead to fewer collisions in the paint. Lessening the number of timeouts allowed will slightly decrease the time it takes to complete a game.

You can read the NCAA's release on the rules changes from last month here. The biggest goal of the NCAA this offseason as far as rule changes went was to speed up the pace of play and make the game more enjoyable to watch.

These changes should be a small step in ensuring that happens.