Final Four 2012: The Triumph of College Basketball's One Percent

First off, let's not forget that UK beat Indiana 102-90 in regulation in the Sweet 16—hardly a Bo Ryan snoozefest. And given that the Wildcats have averaged 88 points a game in the tournament, I'd say it's a safe bet they will get to 70 in both games.

Kind of tipped my hands there, but for predictions I'll go UK over Kansas in the finals. No one is beating the Wildcats if they play their best game, just like UNC in 2009. And Thomas Robinson is feisty enough to force Jared Sullinger out of his comfort zone and force DeShaun Thomas to carry Ohio State all by himself, which he won't quite be able to do.

And the solution to plodding games with 55-50 scores is pretty simple, guys—it's called professional basketball rules. Specifically, the 24-second shot clock and the "defensive three seconds" rule forbidding a big man from camping out in the paint, a la Fab Melo in Syracuse's 2-3 zone this season. I get the lack of a defensive three seconds rule—zone defense has been a staple of college hoops for decades (I still think it should be change though). The 35-second shot clock, though...I defy someone to persuasively explain why it's needed without using the phrases "It's always been that way" and "That's the rules for all of basketball until you reach the NBA".

If you cut the shot clock from 35 to 24, you reduce the max time of each possession by about a third. All things being equal, that's 30-35 percent more possessions per game. I can guarantee you that games in the 50s—even Wisconsin games—would be a thing of the past. Plus, who really enjoys seeing a team take 15 seconds to get into its offense every time?

College basketball has been a "better late than never" adopter of hoops innovations—the three-point line is the best example. It's time to get on the 24-second-possession bandwagon as well. For all our sakes.

–Jake

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