NCAA Basketball: Several Rule Changes Approved For The 2015-16 Season


As reported a few weeks ago, the NCAA had proposed several rule changes to the college basketball game. Today, the NCAA had made several of those changes law which means we will in fact see a different type of game next season.

Here are a few of the rules that will be implemented for the 2015-16 season:

  • Shot clock reduced to 30 seconds
  • 4-foot restricted area (increased from 3 feet)
  • Adjusting media timeouts
  • Focus on enforcing defensive rules, allowing “freedom of movement”
  • Disallowing coach’s timeouts during live balls
  • Reduce time allowed to remove disqualified player
  • Reducing timeouts from 5 to 4
  • Penalizing teams for “delay of game”
  • Penalizing “faking fouls”
  • Officials can review shot-clock violations
  • Hanging on the rim penalty reduced from two technical free throws to one
  • Elimination of five-second closely guarded rule
  • Allowing dunking in warm-ups

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Yes, this is a lot of change that will be implemented and though we will see it as a work-in-progress next season, it will surely allow for a faster and more exciting game.

One of the most important things, which the NCAA took into consideration, is the fact that these changes will most likely make NCAA basketball look a lot like the NBA.

With so many players looking to make it to the pros after their collegiate careers are over, these changes will help them prepare for the speed and physicality of the Association.

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Though this will make the college game a lot more exciting, the one rule the NCAA really needs to look at in the near future, one that will considerably change the game, is the elimination of the one-and-done rule. Until then, let us get ready for what should be a very fun 2015-16 season.

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