This week, the NCAA men’s basketball rules committee (which is in serious need of an acronym, by the way…NCAAmbrc?) proposed a few rule changes for the next season, including one no-brainer, and one serious head-scratcher.
The no-brainer: adding a NBA-like 3-foot no charge arc under the basket. There’s been an “invisible” arc for a few years now, (invisible meaning unable to be seen, especially by most referees) but this would give a definitive spot on the floor and should prevent more charge/block collisions.
While the safety aspect of the proposal is clear, there also is a scoring aspect that could benefit guard oriented teams. Big men underneath the basket now have one less option when a guard drives the lane. They can challenge the shot, which will bring about more fouls and more free throws, or they can simply let the point guard have the layup to avoid the foul, something you might see if a player gets into foul trouble.
Could this move benefit the OVC against “BCS” schools? Maybe. Usually, many small school conferences don’t have true big men, and this rule could lessen a big’s impact on the defensive end. But the larger schools also usually have more drive-oriented guards, whose offense would be enhanced by the rule.
The head-scratcher: adopting a college football like replay system. Essentially, coaches could call for a replay at any time, and if they lose, they lose a timeout. Basketball is a fast paced game (usually) and this rule will just stretch out games. And how many plays need replayed? If you ask the coaches, almost every foul and no foul call in the entire game. I assume there would be restrictions on this rule, and I am hoping for one restriction in particular: that this not be a rule.
But it gets worse. What if a team has no more timeouts? Does that mean that they can’t call for a replay? No, they still can. And if they lose, they receive a technical foul for calling too many timeouts.
Could this move benefit the OVC? Does this move benefit anyone? Seriously? College basketball doesn’t have a major accuracy problem. And there are too many rules open to interpretation.
I have a bonus for you as well, The kind-of funny if it ever happens: If a team is late getting to the court after a timeout, they will be warned, once. If it happens again? The refs will whistle the play in anyway.
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (or the NCAAprop if you will) must approve any rule changes before they can take effect.