Now SEC coaches want to test the 30-second shot clock

Now SEC coaches want to test the 30-second shot clock

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

The push for a shorter shot clock could be gaining some momentum.

At the SEC's annual meetings this week, reports have the league's men's basketball coaches approving a test drive of a 30-second shot clock next season. This would be during exhibition games -- just like what the ACC recently voted to do.

The vote could go through soon if league ADs approve the approval, so to speak. If that happens, we'll have two major conferences experimenting with this. Might this lead to a national adjustment of the shot clock in the next five years? I think it's possible.

From the Times-Picayune of New Orleans:

"It could be a positive, especially when talking about raising scoring," LSU coach Johnny Jones said. "I think it will be something that might be fan-friendly, making the game more exciting. The decisions you have to make will be quicker, like making a quick read what your opponent is doing defensively.
"I'm not sure how much of a difference it will make with us, because we're an uptempo team. There will certainly be adjustments for other teams."

The story also quotes South Carolina coach Frank Martin being against a 30-second shot clock for the long-term. He argues that college basketball can be improved in other ways, specifically at "the grassroots level" before a change in clock would do anything.

The 30-second clock is potentially a tweak, but not a major one. Plenty of possessions don't bleed beyond the 30-second mark as is. That said, it would be likely the number of possessions in a game would go up, and that could/should lead to more scoring.

But we're not entirely certain, and so that's why it'll be intriguing to see teams have a go with truncated time next season. Can't hurt to try, right?

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