NCAA hoops panel approves more replays, doesn't vote on shot clock reduction: espn.go.com/mens-college-b…— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) May 9, 2013
Katz says officials will now be able to go to the monitor immediately in the final four minutes to check if a basket is a 2- or 3-pointer, plus they can go to the monitor in the final two minutes to check out of bounds possession and shot-clock violations.
There will be costs to this “getting it right” approach. Namely, multiple free timeouts could be allowed for each team.
We saw this over and over last season when teams were out of timeouts, but the officials checked a replay, allowing teams to huddle up at the end of games.
It happened during the regular season, then in the NCAA Tournament.
A rule needs to be added that would lead to some sort of penalty — like a technical — for a sideline huddle in order to keep this from happening. Constantly allowing those huddles undermines several strategic elements of the game and can bail out bad coaches.
Katz also says the shot clock will not be changed, that there were clarifications on block/charge rules (good luck with that) and how to assess a flagrant when an offensive player uses his elbows.