(Bleacher Report)In an effort to improve the state of men’s college basketball, the sport’s rules committee laid out three significant proposals Friday.  

NCAA Basketball, the NBA’s equivalent to Double A baseball. Though, unlike Minor League Baseball, people watch NCAA basketball, and a lot of them. To make the came more palatable for viewers, the NCAA has proposed new rules. These proposed rules have the idea of stimulating offense and limiting commercial breaks.  Who can say no to that?

Rule Change Proposals:

1) Reduce shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds:

If you watched an NBA and NCAA Basketball game recently, you start to notice a difference. No, not because the college players actually play defense, or get away with blatant travels. You notice in these games that college players have much more time on offense. This is all due to the shot clock. The 9 second difference between the NBA and NCAA is just unnecessary. You see teams camping out at the top of the key, killing time late in games because they can. I’m not a fan of the NBA style, but I do appreciate the 24 shot clock, it accelerates the plays and keeps the game going at a nice pace. I like the NCAA’s proposal to bring down the time on the shot clock, it will accelerate the game, making for more possessions and hopefully higher scoring games.

2) Timeouts overhaul:

Now the shot clock change is nice and all, but this is the change all basketball fans were looking for. The most frustrating thing about March Madness would be when a coach called a timeout 10 seconds before a designated TV timeout. For people watching the game on TV, this would be a barrage of ads, one possession, and then back to ads. The NCAA addressed this by reducing team timeouts from 5 to 4, and team timeouts within 30 seconds of a TV timeout will then become one. Now teams will not time their timeouts with the commercial breaks so that their teams have an extra break. Coming off these timeouts, restarts will be quicker, limiting the “dead time” between after commercial and before the ball is inbounded. Although these are minor fixes, I suspect there will be a noticeable difference when watching a college basketball game.

3) Defensive Rules:

Talk is cheap, but strict enforcement of defensive rules is ideal. Call me crazy, but I prefer the NCAA over the NBA. One of the many reasons is the defensive effort by the college kids. For the NCAA to enforce defensive rules, I’m hoping this will force people to play good defense, but we shall see about this. Along with the defense, the restricted arc could move from 3 feet to 4 feet. This is a minor change that is too hard to tell the effects. With that being said, if the rule is passed, it should be interesting to see how defensives adapt, and if they try to take more or less charges.

4) Passed: 2016 Postseason will experiment with going from 5 fouls to 6:

Really interesting to test this in the postseason, but if this means star players can stay in the game longer, who am I to argue? It is always a shame seeing top players sit the bench late in the game. Also, by keeping the top players in the game longer, hopefully that means more scoring, something the college game needs.

5) Underrated – Pre-Game dunking now allowed:

Why the hell this was not allowed to begin with is just pathetic, I’m glad the NCAA loosened up. I’m looking forward to massive pre-game dunks to get me fired up for the game. This is something the NBA has perfected with pretty much a dunk contest before every game.

The 2015 March Madness tournament didn’t fail to disappoint, drawing record views and millions of cash for the….NCAA. Not the players, the “non-profit” NCAA (that is a discussion for a different time). For those who criticized the tournament, called out the dip in scoring and excessive amounts of timeouts. The NCAA actually listened to this and has definitely taken steps in addressing some of these issues. For that, I praise the NCAA, and yes, it feels so damn wrong.

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