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Izzo: Shorten College Basketball Shot Clock

Izzo: Shorten College Basketball Shot Clock

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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo argued that the shot clock in men’s college basketball, which is at 35 seconds, should be shortened.

“One of the guys I have great respect for–Johnny Dawkins, who is at Stanford–and I were in our meetings the other day, and he said, ‘We have the slowest game in the world,'” Izzo said in a Tuesday interview on an Oklahoma sports talk radio program. “As you say, the international is less. The pro is less. The women’s is less. And here we are with 35 [seconds].”

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He said the coaches noted that the NBA and FIBA use 24-second shot clocks and women’s college basketball uses a 30-second shot clock. 

“It was talked about at our meetings in Atlanta,” Izzo said. “You know the bureaucracy of committees and what it’s got to do, but I think there is getting to be a growing run at maybe doing that, and I think more coaches are in favor of it.”


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