Year after rule changes, game looks a lot like it used to

CINCINNATI (AP) One year after the NCAA changed how rules were enforced to open up the men's basketball game, it looks a whole lot like it once did.

Fouls, free throws and scoring increased at the start of last season with a new emphasis on eliminating some of the physical play, especially around the basket. Those statistics leveled off as the season went along, and they're now back to near where they were two years ago.

Coaches and players say officials went back to calling the game the old way for the most part, and they're glad to see it. One of the athletic directors involved in the changes says players adjusted as well, and the game is better because of it.


Follow Joe Kay on Twitter:

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.