The men's college basketball rules committee on Friday proposed a series of rule changes.

By SI Wire
May 15, 2015

The men's college basketball rules committee on Friday proposed a series of rule changes.

The most notable proposal is to shorten the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 seconds. The change theoretically would lead to more possessions, thereby creating more scoring opportunities for each team.

The committee also proposed a reduction in the number of timeouts from five to four, with the number of timeouts that can be preserved for the second half limited to three.

“The committee has taken significant steps to reverse the trends in the sport that are concerning to the men’s college basketball world,” said committee chair and Belmont coach Rick Byrd. “We have spent the past year collecting data, opinions and considering proposals that will help our game. Our anticipation is that dedicated officiating enforcement, along with this package of changes, will help balance the offense and defense in our game.”

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Another set of proposals concerns defensive rules. The restricted area under the basket will be moved out from three feet to four feet, and offensive players will be afforded the same "verticality" principles as defensive players.

In addition, the committee proposed eliminating coaches' ability to call live-ball timeouts as well as the rule that the 10-second backcourt clock resets when a timeout is called.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel will review the proposals before voting on whether to approve them on June 8.

The full list of proposals can be found here.

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