There's 4:05 left in the second half when Mark Turgeon calls a full timeout to draw up a play to extend the Terrapins' 65-50 lead over the Wisconsin Badgers. New plugs Diamond Stone, Robert Carter Jr., Rasheed Sulaimon and Jaylen Brantley have all proven themselves, but the fans are hungry for more. The ball is inbounded, six seconds tick off the clock and on an entry pass from Melo Trimble to Jake Layman, the ball is swatted out of bounds. The horn blows for a media timeout. This is the second commercial break in the last six seconds.
The NCAA Rules Committee approved a package of proposals and officiating initiatives to improve the pace of play and eliminate such scenarios as laid out above. The committee's recommendations must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is set to review the changes June 8.
Although reducing the shot clock to 30 seconds seemed to be the most talked about issue at a committee summit in mid-May, the group said it needed to put an emphasis on the physicality of perimeter defense and post play, according to Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter.
According to a release from the NCAA, the key areas of focus for the committee this upcoming season are:
- Perimeter defense, particularly on the dribbler
- Physicality in post play
- Screening, particularly moving screens
- Block/charge plays
- Allowing greater freedom of movement for players without the ball.
The restricted area expansion rule
Pace of play
- Allowing officials to monitor potential shot clock violation on made field goals throughout the entire game.
- Making Class B technical fouls (hanging on the rim, delaying resumption of play) one-shot technicals, instead of two-shot and reinforcing them stronger
- Eliminating the five-second closely guarded rule while dribbling the ball.
- Removing the prohibition on dunking in pregame warmups. It's a shame Maryland will never be able to see Dez's pregame dunk contest.
- Allowing officials to penalize flopping by using video to review such plays.