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One Quick Fix to College Basketball Boredom

Following a game last night that ended with a score of 42-41 (seriously?), Shane Ryan wrote a post on Grantland today arguing that it’s time for the NCAA to lower the shot clock to 24 seconds:

The scoring decline, bringing the average down to pre-shot clock levels, is proof enough that 35 seconds is too much time for a modern shot clock. Basketball is a game of tempo and systems. At the moment, the systems are swallowing tempo. Fans are being deprived of pace and talent at the expense of control.

This should be a no-brainer. Men’s college basketball, excluding March Madness, is a boring mess. Every other college possession seems to consist of passing the ball back and forth around the three-point line, hoping a backdoor cut works at some point, and then around second 33 or 34 settling for a horrible shot or just turning the ball over so that the other team can start the process all over again. A shorter shot clock would at least begin to solve the problem.

Now if someone could just do something about the refs…

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  1. Sean Breslin on said:

    That’s actually a really good idea that I hadn’t thought about. Great post!

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