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Scott German: Shot clock from 35 to 30, impact on UVA approach?

Scott German

shot clockThe NCAA will tinker with the current 35-second shot clock in men’s basketball, and the tinkering will start with the 2015 National Invitation Tournament.

A 30-second shot clock will be used instead of the 35-second one that’s been in place since the 1993-94 season. The NCAA is using the experiment to get data on how a shorter shot clock could increase the pace of play and scoring.

Which brings up an interesting question for fans of second-ranked UVA: if adopted, how would a five-second reduction affect Virginia’s slow-tempo approach?

The thinking is that the reduction of the shot clock would increase pace and scoring. So do higher-scoring games and teams just jacking up shots make the product more watchable?

My guess is that ESPN may be the driving force behind a shorter shot clock. Many of ESPN’s talking heads say the game is too slow, too deliberate and often dictated on the defensive end of the floor.

So a reduction of the shot clock appears on the horizon. Is this in any way cause for concern in UVA’s “embrace the pace” style of play?

– Column by Scott German

Scott German

Scott German

Scott German covers UVA Athletics for AFP, and is the co-host of “Street Knowledge” podcasts focusing on UVA Athletics with AFP editor Chris Graham. Scott has been around the ‘Hoos his whole life. As a reporter, he was on site for UVA basketball’s Final Fours, in 1981 and 1984, and has covered UVA football in bowl games dating back to its first, the 1984 Peach Bowl.