ACC to experiment with 30 second shot clock

05/17/2014 12:39 PM

During the league’s annual spring meetings this week in Florida, Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford announced that league basketball schools will use a 30 second shot clock for exhibition games this coming season. Swofford told ESPN that the idea was submitted to their athletic directors who embraced the idea of a shorter clock.

“Our coaches and ADs both felt it would be an enhancement to the game in today’s world,” Swofford said. “It adds more possessions and potentially would speed up the game,” Swofford told ESPN.

In a 2012 survey of 100 college basketball coaches conducted by, more coaches advocated for shortening the shot clock than any other rule change, including the one-and-done and paying players.

The NCAA has used a 35 second shot clock since the 1993-1994 season. Prior to that, the shot clock was set at 45 seconds.


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