NCAA basketball committee proposes notable rule changes

On Friday, the NCAA men’s basketball rules committee proposed multiple changes for the 2015-16 season, aimed at creating a better tempo and potentially higher-scoring games.

Perhaps the most intriguing is reducing the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 seconds, a proposal that Boise State coach Leon Rice supported when asked about it in January. Rice said “it’s an epidemic in college basketball,” noting that scores have been on par with games played 50 or 60 years ago. In fact, he liked reducing it to the NBA-level 24-second clock, but was open to any reduction. Teams that played in the CIT, CBI and NIT postseason tournaments experimented with a 30-second clock, and according to USA Today, those teams averaged 1.063 points per possession after averaging 1.046 PPP during the regular season.

Also among the proposed changes, which will be voted on June 8 by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, include reducing the number of timeouts per team from five to four, with no more than three carrying over into the second half. Also proposed was increasing the charge zone under the basket from three feet to four to decrease collisions. Also, it was moved to stop coaches from calling live-ball timeouts, more scrutiny on flopping, along with reducing the severity of some technical fouls, such as hanging on the rim. Read the NCAA release here.

JACKSON SIGNING OFFICIAL: Boise State officially added Boston College transfer Lonnie Jackson earlier this week. Here is my story on when he committed last Monday. Rice made his first public comments on Jackson with the signing. He said:

"Lonnie is a great addition to the Bronco basketball family. He is the type of player on and off the court who we feel can help us compete for another Mountain West championship."

"Lonnie played a lot of minutes and produced in one of the top conferences in college basketball. We love to shoot the 3 and we are getting one of the best 3-point shooters in the country. As someone we targeted coming out of high school, Lonnie brings a lot besides shooting the ball that will make the Broncos fun to watch next season.”