Miller believes new rules emphasize offense

When looking at the new rules, Sean Miller believes that they put an emphasis on offense. Read on to see why that is and more.

Next season, college basketball will see a handful of new rules that Arizona head coach Sean Miller believes emphasize offense.

"You can clearly see the emphasis in college basketball is to speed the game up and not have as many stoppages within the game," Miller said. "A lot of times I think the flow of the game of basketball is what’s very appealing and there’s so many different ways that flow has been able to be stopped in the past.

"Whether it is taking five seconds off the clock and eliminating a timeout, I think all of that is in favor of promoting scoring and more of a flow as opposed to constant stoppages in play."

The shot clock will move from 35 seconds to 30, which could impact the game in a variety of ways.

"I think all of us know that five seconds isn’t necessarily a game changer," Miller said. "I think there will be more possessions within a 40 minute game now and each possession when it goes deep into the shot clock, that extra pass or two is now eliminated.

"Getting into your offense quicker will maybe be more of an emphasis throughout college basketball. I like to think that the way we play, we already try to do that, so that is not something that will change a whole lot on our end."

As for which side of the ball the new shot clock will favor, Miller believes that remains to be seen.

"I talked to a couple people in the NBA and they will tell you five seconds isn't a huge difference, but sometimes you can look at it as scoring could be more difficult against a great defensive team because the smaller the clock, the more it favors a great defensive team," he said.

"Usually with time, if you have a chance to move a great defense longer and longer, although the scoring may not be up, the efficiency might be greater. Now, with the clock shrinking, it could favor defense. I don’t know, I think there will be some trial and error to figure it out."

One major rule change is eliminating some of the extra stoppages by using any timeout called within 30 seconds of a media timeout as the scheduled break.

"I think it is a great rule," Miller said. "You play by the rules that are there, so if in fact your team needs a break because you want to stop the crowd or momentum, you have the opportunity to really break it up by doing that.

"Now you don’t have that opportunity as much, so it goes back to promoting a quicker game, more flow within the game, and offense, even if it is a few more points per game on average."

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