Burning Questions: If you could change one on-court rule in college basketball, what would it be?

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If you were put in charge of college basketball, what’s one on-court rule that you would change/add and why?

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Rob Dauster: Man, where do I even start? First of all, let’s make it a 30-second shot clock. There’s no reason that men’s college basketball should be different from every other level of the sport. That’s foolish. Next, I’d move the charge circle out farther from the rim and go back to the rules that we had last season. Allowing a defender to slide underneath a player that’s in the air to take a charge is a scourge on our game. The next thing I’d do is limit the TV timeouts. There are NINE TV timeouts during a college basketball game, which is about five too many. It destroys the flow of games. We’re approaching the NFL’s extra point-commercial-kickoff-commercial ridiculousness.

That whole you can pump fake and jump into a player that’s already in the air to draw a foul move? Gone. Flagrant fouls for unintentional elbows? Gone. (I understand the need to protect players, but if you don’t want to get bowed in the face, don’t stick your face into a defender’s chest.) Extended reviews for anything? No. I’d also prevent coaches from being able to gather their team during reviews. No huddles.

Raphielle Johnson: Give me a 30-second shot clock, and that isn’t about the thought that such a move would automatically speed up the game either because that’s not a given. Women’s college basketball uses the 30-second clock, and FIBA amateur competitions use a 24-second clock. College basketball can’t just shave off five seconds? I find it to be a joke personally, so drop down to 30 seconds across the board. And I’m not buying the excuse that it will be “difficult” for players to adjust either. They, and the coaches entrusted with the task of teaching them, will adjust.

Scott Phillips: Too many timeouts. It’s one of the biggest complaints I hear about college basketball. During televised games we now have to sit through eight TV timeouts and each team also has five timeouts of their own. The first team timeout in the second half also turns into a fifth TV timeout in the second half. Great, more commercials…

That means a ridiculous 18 potential stoppages per game for coaches to draw up plays in a 40-minute period. That’s way too much.

I understand the need to generate revenue and it’s silly to ask for a change with that, but why not reduce the number of timeouts that coaches can use so that we speed up games and reduce stoppages?

Make coaches prepare their players more before games or have them figure out another way to convey things with them, but let’s eliminate so many stoppages that are killing the flow of the game.

Terrence Payne: I was originally going to go with changing the 35-second shot clock. To me it makes no sense why it’s the longest in organized basketball (even longer than states that use shot clocks in high school), but seeing as it’s been touched on above, let’s go with the “hanging on the rim” technical. Look I get it, those plays happen in real time and officials instinctually blow the whistle and asses the technical. But in most cases players are racing down the floor with their weight carrying them forward. Holding onto the rim is a protective measure from what could be a serious injury. Need a reference on this: watch Kendall Pollard’s technical in the first half of the Dayton-UConn game Friday afternoon.

Bubbles brewing with season on horizon

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INDIANAPOLIS — With the coronavirus pandemic already forcing changes for college basketball, a bubble may be brewing in Indianapolis.

Indiana Sports Corp. released a 16-page proposal Friday that calls for turning the city convention center’s exhibition halls and meeting rooms into basketball courts and locker rooms. There would be expansive safety measures and daily COVID-19 testing.

The all-inclusive price starts at $90,000 per team and would cover 20 hotel rooms per traveling party, testing, daily food vouchers ranging from $30-$50 and the cost of game officials. Sports Corp. President Ryan Vaughn said the price depends on what offerings teams or leagues choose.

“The interest has been high,” Vaughn said. “I think as conferences figure out what conference and non-conference schedules are going to look like, we’re we’re a very good option for folks. I would tell you we’ve had conversations with the power six conferences, mid-majors, it’s really kind of all over the Division I spectrum.”

Small wonder: The NCAA this week announced teams could start ramping up workouts Monday, with preseason practices set to begin Oct. 14. Season openers, however, were pushed back to Nov. 25 amid wide-ranging uncertainty about campus safety and team travel in the pandemic.

There is already scrambling going on and some of the marquee early-season tournaments have already been impacted.

The Maui Invitational will be moved from Hawaii to Asheville, North Carolina, with dates still to be determined and organizers clear that everyone involved “will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.” The Batttle 4 Atlantis has been canceled. The Cancun Challenge will be held in Melbourne, Florida, not Mexico.

More changes almost certainly will be coming, including what to do with the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

“I think we’re past the guesswork on whether we play 20 conference games or more than that,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said Friday. “We’re trying to get everybody set like in terms of MTEs (multi-team events), figuring out when to play the ACC-Big Ten challenge.”

Painter, who was part of the NCAA committee that recommended how to start the season, noted part of the uncertainty stems from differing protocols imposed by campus, city and state officials.

In Indianapolis, Vaughn believes the convention center, nearby hotels, restaurants and downtown businesses, many within walking distance of the venue, could safely accommodate up to 24 teams. The 745,000-square foot facility would feature six basketball courts and two competition courts.

Anyone entering the convention center would undergo saliva-based rapid response testing, which would be sent to a third-party lab for results. Others venues could be added, too, potentially with more fans, if the case numbers decline.

If there is a taker, the event also could serve as a dry run for the 2021 Final Four, also slated for Indy.

“It’s not going to hurt,” Vaughn said. “I can tell you all the planning we’re doing right now is the same for a Final Four that’s been scheduled here for any other year. But it would be nice to have this experience under our belt to see if it can be done.”

Maui Invitational moving to North Carolina during pandemic

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Maui Invitational is moving to the mainland during the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the premier preseason tournaments on the college basketball schedule, the Maui Invitational will be played at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Dates for the tournament announced Friday have yet to be finalized. The NCAA announced Wednesday that the college basketball season will begin Nov. 25.

This year’s Maui Invitational field includes Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

All teams, staff, officials, and personnel will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.

Burton eligible at Texas Tech after 2 seasons at Wichita State

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Junior guard Jamarius Burton has been granted a waiver from the NCAA that makes him eligible to play this season for Texas Tech after starting 52 games the past two seasons for Wichita State.

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard announced the waiver Thursday, which came five months after Burton signed with the Big 12 team.

Burton has two seasons of eligibility remaining, as well as a redshirt season he could utilize. He averaged 10.3 points and 3.4 assists per game as a sophomore at Wichita State, where he played 67 games overall.

Burton is from Charlotte. He helped lead Independence High School to a 31-1 record and the North Carolina Class 4A state championship as a senior there.

NCAA season set to open day before Thanksgiving

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The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball season will begin on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

The Division I Council voted Wednesday to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus.

The later start date coincides with the decision most schools made to send students home from Thanksgiving until January out of concern about a potential late-fall and early-winter flareup of COVID-19. Closed campuses could serve as a quasi bubble for players and provide a window for non-conference games.

The maximum number of regular-season games has been reduced from 31 to 27. The minimum number of games for consideration for the NCAA Tournament was cut from 25 to 13.

Teams can start preseason practices Oct. 14 but will be allowed to work out 12 hours per week beginning Monday.

No scrimmages against other teams or exhibitions are allowed.

In other action, the council voted to extend the recruiting dead period for all sports through Dec. 31. In-person recruiting is not allowed during a dead period, though phone calls and other correspondence are allowed.

The men’s and women’s basketball oversight committees had jointly recommended a start date of Nov. 21, which would have allowed for games to be played on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The council opted not to do that to avoid a conflict with regular-season football games.

The council is scheduled to meet again Oct. 13-14 and could delay the start date and change other pieces of the basketball framework if circumstances surrounding the virus warrant.

UConn’s Tyrese Martin granted waiver to play this season

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn swingman Tyrese Martin, who transferred from Rhode Island in April, has been granted a waiver that will allow him to play for the Huskies this season.

The 6-foot-6 junior averaged 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds and started every game last season for URI, where he was recruited by current UConn coach Dan Hurley.

NCAA rules require undergraduate transfers to sit out a season, but the organization has been more lenient in granting waivers during the pandemic.

Martin, 21, is expected to compete for playing time at UConn on the wing as both a guard and small forward.