NCAA likely to shorten shot clock

The men's basketball shot clock is likely to be shortened to 30 seconds, according to an ESPN report.

The NCAA is likely to shorten the men's basketball shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 seconds, NCAA rules committee chairman Rick Byrd told ESPN.

Many college coaches spoke out in favor of a shortened shot clock last season, and it appears they will get their wish.

"Now there's a real decent chance," Byrd told ESPN. "It's pretty evident a lot more coaches are leaning that way. The opinion of coaches on the shot clock has moved significantly to reducing it from 35 to 30. And all indicators are pointing toward that."

Indiana coach Tom Crean has been one of the coaches most strongly in favor of the shot clock.

"I'd prefer it to be 24," Crean said in February. "We played with a 24-second clock in Montreal and we loved it. Absolutely. Thirty would be fine. ... I've been in some meetings where there hasn't been a lot of carrying the flag for it to shrink, and that's disappointing. But I'd be all for it. I'd be for it to be 30, 27, 24, whatever we we wanna do to make the game faster. Hopefully the powers that be look at what's gonna be best for the game and not necessarily what coaches want.

"If it stays at 35, it stays at 35. But what's gonna be best for the game, and the speed of the game, and increase opportunities on both ends. If you're a good defensive team, you've got that many more chances to score off of your defense. And offensively, you've got that many more opportunities. I think it'd be great. I hope that day comes. I don't know if it will. The shorter the better for me." Top Stories