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NCAA approves 30-second shot clock in men’s basketball

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Men’s basketball teams will play with a quicker shot clock and fewer timeouts next season.

It’s the first time the shot clock has been trimmed since the 1993-94 season, when it went from 45 seconds to 35. Now it goes from 35 seconds to 30. Teams also will have one fewer second-half timeout, and if either team calls a timeout within 30 seconds of a media timeout, it would count as the scheduled break.

On Monday, the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel officially approved both recommendations from the basketball rules committee. PROP also approved extending the arc inside the lane from 3 feet to 4 feet in hopes of reducing collisions.

PROP also approved a proposal allowing women’s teams to go to four 10-minute quarters instead of two 20-minute halves.