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College basketball implementing NIT experimental rules. How will they impact TCU?

TCU basketball visits West Point to prep for NIT

TCU coach Jamie Dixon had his team practice at West Point on Sunday afternoon, the place where his sister, Maggie, led the Black Knights to their first NCAA Tournament appearance. The Frogs are in the semifinals of the NIT.
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TCU coach Jamie Dixon had his team practice at West Point on Sunday afternoon, the place where his sister, Maggie, led the Black Knights to their first NCAA Tournament appearance. The Frogs are in the semifinals of the NIT.

TCU should have no problems transitioning to a couple new rules men’s college basketball is implementing next season.

The NCAA playing rules oversight panel approved moving the 3-point line to the international basketball distance of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches, as well as re-setting the shot clock to 20 seconds following an offensive rebound.

Each were experimental rules TCU played under during last season’s NIT run to the semifinals.

Frogs coach Jamie Dixon is supportive of the rule changes. The 3-point line gets college basketball closer to the international game, and having 10 fewer seconds after an offensive rebound should have a minimal impact.

Dixon believes college basketball will adapt the international lane at some point, too, but feels that would’ve been too many adjustments in one offseason.

“I think we’ll get as close to international as we can except for maybe the quarters,” Dixon said.

The extended 3-point line will be in effect for Division I programs beginning next season, and for the 2020-21 season for Divisions II and III. Since the 2008-09 season, the 3-point distance has been 20 feet, 9 inches.

The downside to the extended 3-point line is that it’ll make the courts more “busy.” The women’s 3-point line will remain the same, and several athletic directors were hoping the two sides could have reached a mutual agreement on a singular line.

The committee cited several reasons for going to the longer distance -- making the lane more available for dribble/drive plays from the perimeter; slowing the trend of the 3-point shot becoming too prevalent in men’s college basketball by making it more challenging; and assisting in offensive spacing by requiring the defense to cover more of the court.

Statistics showed the extended 3-point line made it tougher on teams in the NIT, as teams averaged 33 percent from 3-point range in the tournament compared to a regular-season average of 35.2 percent.

As far as the extended 3-point line possibly altering game plans, Dixon said: “You adjust to what kind of team you have. I don’t know if it’s any more of an adjustment where you’ll shoot more or less 3s, that’s all based on personnel. It’ll have some affect, but so will your roster, your teams, your personnel.”

As far as reducing the shot-clock following an offensive rebound, the sport should see more possessions each game. Every sport is looking for ways to increase offense and scoring these days, and this should help at the college level.

“The offensive rebound is such a valuable offensive play as far as sheer numbers, percentages,” Dixon said. “It’s still a huge advantage to get an offensive rebound, and I don’t think you need the 10 extra seconds.”

Additional changes include

Players will be assessed a technical foul should they use derogatory language about an opponent’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identify, sexual orientation or disability.

Said Dixon: “I don’t know that I’ve really heard anything, seen anything to what they’re addressing. But if they’re addressing it, it must’ve happened once. That’s where we’re at.”

Coaches will be allowed to call live-ball timeouts in the last two minutes of the second half and the last two minutes of any overtime periods. Previously, coaches weren’t allowed to call any live-ball timeouts during the game.

Instant replay can be conducted if a basket interference or goaltending call has been made in the last two minutes of the second half or the last two minutes of any overtime.

Said Dixon: “I’ve always kind of wondered about the last two minutes. Everyone always says every play is just the same, just as valuable regardless of when it happens, but we’re making changes for the last two minutes.”

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