I love college basketball. Watch it from November through April. But when you bury yourself in 4-TV bunker for four days, 12 hours a day, you notice things. These are some rules that I’d like to see changed that I think will benefit the game.
1. Shot Clock should shrink to 30 seconds. 35 seconds is too long. It slows the game down and lowers scoring which is already an issue with bad shooting. It also has too big of an impact at the end of the game with forcing fouls to comeback if you are down.
2. Players should foul out at 6 fouls, not 5. I get the math in comparison to the NBA, and I still want it changed. Nobody wants their star sitting out a half because of foul trouble. Same goes for the NBA. It’s bad business to have stars sitting.
3. Move the restricted area out further. If I have to watch another strong drive to the basket get derailed by a defender sliding in underneath the basket I am going to pull my hair out. The game of basketball wasn’t designed for guys to be taking charges all the time. It’s not good for the game and hard to watch. Not to mention, for a sport whose goal seems to be protecting players with all this flagrant foul nonsense, it isn’t safe to set yourself up as a bowling pin. In fact, it’s not a safe play for the pin or the ball. Can you imagine playing a pick-up game and somebody sliding in under you every time you went to the basket?
4. Re-seed the regions after each weekend. So top seed Kansas has to play underseeded #4 Michigan while #3 Florida gets Cinderella #15 FGCU? That’s not right. Re-seed at Sweet 16 and again in the Final Four. **** (YES, I KNOW THE BIGGEST PROBLEM HERE. BRACKET POOLS. I AM PICKING BETTER SYSTEM OVER GAMBLING POOLS. SORRY.)****
5. More instant replay. Illinois should have had the ball down two against Miami in the final minute. The officials missed the call. Mistakes happen, but replay should be able to fix out-of-bounds-errors in the last two minutes. It’s already used to adjust the clock, why not get the possession correct?
6. Less instant replay. I saw more replays in the first four days of this tournament than I did all year long in college basketball looking at flagrant fouls. This is easy. If you don’t call a flagrant on the floor, then don’t go to the monitor. If you do, then you can look to confirm what type of flagrant, or overrule the flagrant altogether. We don’t need situations where nothing is called, and then they go to the monitor. You shouldn’t let replay officiate the game; it should be there simply to help. Plus, more importantly, if you don’t think you saw a flagrant foul, then you probably didn’t. You probably just witnessed an accident in a contact sport.