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TCU’s Jamie Dixon says this NIT experimental rule is likely ‘here to stay’

TCU’s Dixon: We’ve got things to play for in NIT

The TCU men's basketball team felt it should've been in the NCAA Tournament, but instead settled for the one-seed of the NIT. The Frogs opened by knocking off Sam Houston State on Wednesday night.
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The TCU men's basketball team felt it should've been in the NCAA Tournament, but instead settled for the one-seed of the NIT. The Frogs opened by knocking off Sam Houston State on Wednesday night.

Every sport is trying to increase scoring and offense these days.

That’s what most fans crave. More scoring. More points. More drama.

College basketball is experimenting with one rule that would create more possessions for teams in the NIT. The shot clock is being reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebounds instead of the full 30 seconds, similar to NBA rules.

TCU coach Jamie Dixon acknowledged that’s the one rule being experimented with in the NIT that seems the most likely to be implemented sooner than later.

“We’re heading that way, so you better get to like it,” Dixon said after TCU’s 82-69 victory over Sam Houston State in the NIT opening round on Wednesday night.

“I think that one is going to be here to stay, so I’m going to say we like it.”

The rule changes weren’t that noticeable to the casual fan. The Frogs had 12 offensive rebounds and scored 10 points off them. The Bearkats had 10 offensive rebounds and scored 8 points.

Other rule changes included an extended 3-point line by 1 foot, 8 inches; a wider lane from 12 feet to 16 feet; and team fouls being reset at the 10-minute mark of each half with teams shooting two free throws after the fifth team foul of each 10-minute segment.

The 3-point line being longer was the most noticeable on the box score. TCU entered shooting 35.3 percent from long range, and shot just 27 percent (6-for-22). SHSU had a season average of 36.9 percent and finished by making just 29 percent (6-for-21).

“It’s interesting,” Dixon said. “You see the lines and all the different lines, and realize it’s not going to affect it that much.”

Dixon joked that the 3-point line change may have explained the dip in percentages in that department, but the free-throw line stayed the same. And each team had dreadful nights from the charity stripe.

TCU, a 69 percent free-throw shooting team on the season, had a season-low 43 percent (12-for-28). SHSU, meanwhile, made just 25 percent of its free throws (1-for-4).

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