The first (recent) set of new rules to improve scoring in college basketball were put in place during the 2013-14 season, their implementation was relaxed a bit last year, and then new rules were added again this season. Here’s the result:
Average percentage of possessions ending in a turnover (TO%) by year, OVC games only
Average effective field goal shooting percentage (eFG%) by year, OVC games only
The short version: turnovers are down, and shooting is up. Also adding fuel to the shooting chart above: Tennessee Tech and Belmont both currently have an eFG% above 60% in OVC play — that hasn’t happened in any season since 2002. In fact, before the Bruins joined the conference, only one team had an eFG% above 60% in OVC play during that same time frame: Samford back in 2004-05. The Bruins have done it twice in three seasons.
Short version: turnovers are down, and shooting is up.
The new rules are working as they’re intended to — and free-throw rates aren’t any higher this year than before the first set of new rules were implemented. (Although 2013-14 was the nightmare we all remember it to be…) Here’s a bonus chart showing just that:
Average free-throws attempted per 100 field goal attempts (FT Rate) by year, OVC games only