November 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm #12162
Two hands? Foul.
Arm bar? Foul.
Forearm on the back? Foul.
Done obviously in an effort to promote freedom of movement, athletism and hence more scoring, it’ll take some getting used to. As the article states below, “Last year Division I schools averaged 67.5 points per game a year ago — the lowest clip since the 1951-52 season.”
Not saying all or most of our PFs agasint Rider were of this variety, but 28 whistles just won’t hack it. Our only player not to commit a foul was CR. Then again, he only played one minute.
PS In case you haven’t heard, the Bucknell Bison took down Penn State last night.November 15, 2013 at 12:44 am #12172
That new hand check rule is terrible. I thought that it disrupted the flow of the Rider game and again this morning (women’s) vs Villanova. I happen to be a big believer in no harm…no foul. Just my opinion.November 15, 2013 at 1:18 am #12173
I’m all in favor of it. Eventually the players will adjust and we’ll see a much better product. It is taking awhile since they have played defense more like football players ever since their AAU days. Scoring last year in D1 was at its lowest level in 32 years.
BTW, there are no new rules on this. It is simply that the referees have been given instructions/interpretations on enforcing the existing rules.November 15, 2013 at 2:18 am #12174
No more Big East blood type games. Better to habe a 6’8 215 guy who is quick rather than a 270 one who can maul. Do think players and coaches will adjust. More benefit to athletic teams that can shoot over even good teams that emphasize D over O.November 15, 2013 at 3:10 am #12176
It appears that you and I will disagree. I attended 2 games so far this season. The men’s game (Rider) had 47 fouls called. The women’s game (Villanova) had 45 fouls called. That’s a call about every 50 seconds. Last year, there were 2 teams in the NCAA who averaged at least 23 fouls/game. The average is about 17. Many of the fouls called had absolutely no impact on the game except to slow it down considerably. Players were turning into a defender’s hand and fouls were being called.
I watched the Duke-Kansas game…53 fouls called. IMHO, it’s no good for the players or the fans.November 15, 2013 at 3:42 am #12178
While there are some exceptions – and they get most of the publicity – there hasn’t been that much overall difference in the average game. Just enough to give the offense room to breathe without being “fouled” constantly with no whistles, as has been the case in the past. As players adjust, many of the fouls should go away – or else some of them will be on the bench.
During the first week – when player were still adjusting to the refs actually enforcing the rules – there were 5.5 more fouls per game. And that number will no doubt come down once the players get a little smarter. Points per game were up about 4.5 – meaning scoring is still low but at least not at a record low. Also the pace of play is up a bit – after reaching near-historic lows last year.November 19, 2013 at 3:11 am #12255
Some updated stats which show that fouls are not up much at all. Apparently most players are already adjusting.
According to #KPI Analytics, there are only 2.71 more fouls being called per game this season than at the same time last year. That’s right — fewer than three extra whistles per game! That has resulted in 4.1 more free throws per game. Overall, scoring is up 5.86 points per game — a welcome increase — and slightly more than half of those points have come from field goals as opposed to free throws.
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