We can all agree that some of the rules in college basketball are in desperate need of changing to improve the product that we see on the court.
The NCAA is now considering some rule changes for next season. Some of them could really change the sport, and for the better.
CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander shared screenshots of the survey that the NCAA sent out. Some of the ones that stand out are moving to six fouls (with conditions), getting rid of the one-and-one free throw, limiting timeouts in the final two minutes of the game, and allowing for more instant replays.
Here is the complete list of potential rule changes:
· Widen the lane to 16 feet
· Reset team fouls at the 10:00 minute mark of each half and begin double bonus on the 5th team foul of each 10-minute segment. This would eliminate the one-and-one free throw.
· Allow laptops, tablets, or similar devices in the bench area for coaching purposes.
· Adopt a modified six-foul rule with the following provisions:
1. A player may not commit more than three personal/technical fouls in any one half. Penalty – disqualification.
2. A player may commit three personal/technical fouls in the first half and three in the second half. In this case, the player is allowed six fouls before being disqualified.
3. A player may commit two personal/technical fouls in the first half and would be disqualified on his fourth personal/technical in the second half. Total – six fouls.
4. A player may commit zero or one personal/technical fouls in the first half and would be disqualified on the player’s fourth personal/technical in the second half. See #1.
· Award possession of the ball to the defense when they create a held ball situation.
· Limit the number of timeouts that may be called by any one team in the last two minutes of the second period or of any overtime period to two.
· In the last two minutes of the second period or of any overtime period, allow instant replay review of potential shot-clock violations when the shot is unsuccessful.
· Eliminate the 10-second backcourt rule.
· Permit the use of Instant Replay on all basket interference/goaltending calls throughout the game, but only when a call has been made by an official.
· Permit a team to decline free throws in the last two minutes of the last period or of any overtime period and elect possession of the ball for a throw-in instead.
· Eliminate offensive basket interference after the ball hits the ring or flange. Would make the rule consistent with the FIBA rule.
· Adjust the traveling rule to allow a player to take two steps after lifting his pivot foot which would make moves such as the spin move, Euro-step and step-back shot legal.
· Eliminate the five second closely guarded rule.
Some of these are no-brainer changes that need to be made like allowing laptops and tablets on the sidelines.
Changes like widening the lane to 16 feet would be an excellent change. Spacing in college basketball is what hurts the sport the most. Spacing in the NBA is so much better and widening the lane in college would help a lot. However, I would like to see them add the defensive 3 seconds in the lane rule too.
I also think that resetting team free throws at the 10:00 minute mark of each half and eliminating the one-and-one free throw to do a double bonus on the 5th team foul is a change that needs to happen. A lot of college games get slowed down because teams are shooting free throws on every foul for 15 minutes of each half. This change would help the games flow a lot better.
However, if you are going to reset the fouls at the 10:00 minute mark, why not just change the game to 4 quarters?
Let us know in the comments section your opinions on these proposed ruled changes for college basketball and how they may affect the Kentucky Wildcats.