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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

UConn/Vanguard exhibition could be a testing ground

UConn coach Geno Auriemma hasn't been shy about saying that some rules need to be tweaked for the sake of improving the sport of women's basketball.

The move to four quarters and being able to advance the ball into the front court with a timeout in the final minute are among the rules changes he applauded. Well, it is looking like Auriemma could get a look at some more potential changes as the Nov. 8 exhibition game against NAIA power Vanguard could be a testing ground.

Here are some of the changes that could be instituted if the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel gives its approval (and there seems to be little reason why they wouldn't)

The width of the lane will be 16 feet, which is 4 feet wider than NCAA play.
The 3-point line will be at the international distance of 22 feet, 1 inch. The NCAA line is 20 feet, 9 inches from the basket.
A team will not be granted a timeout unless it has possession of the ball. (If a team scores a field goal, it will not be granted a timeout immediately after the basket, which can occur under NCAA rules.)
The game will be played with a 24-second shot clock instead of a 30-second shot clock.
A team must advance the ball into the front court in 8 seconds instead of 10 seconds.
The game will be played with a men’s basketball instead of a women’s basketball.


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