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ACC will experiment with 30-second shot clock in exhibition games

The shot clock will never read 35 in ACC exhibition games this season. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) The shot clock will never read 35 in ACC exhibition games this season. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The pace of play in the ACC is about to speed up.

The conference will use a 30-second shot clock in its men's basketball teams' exhibition games in the 2014-15 season, ACC commissioner John Swofford said on Thursday, according to Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com.

A 30-second shot clock is already used in NCAA women's basketball.

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"Our coaches and ADs both felt it would be an enhancement to the game in today's world," Swofford said. "It adds more possessions and potentially would speed up the game."

NCAA men's games have used a 35-second shot clock since the 1993-94 season.

"That's where the game is headed," Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said on Thursday at the NBA draft combine in Chicago. "We want to be ahead of the game. We want to provide data and see what it's like."

The league's coaches submitted a proposal to the athletic directors for the change during spring meetings, Adelson reports, and the ADs were on board.

The ACC's top team in possessions per game during the 2013-14 season was North Carolina, whose 72.2 ranked 49th nationally. Maryland was next with 70.3, which was 107th nationally.

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