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NCAA OKs Use of Live Stats During Basketball Games

Andy Berg

The NCAA on Friday announced that its Playing Rules Oversight Panel has approved allowing the transmission of live statistics to the bench area for coaching purposes in men’s basketball.

The new rule will go into effect at the beginning of the 2021-22 season. 

The NCAA said in a statement on its website that conferences have experimented with live states for the past two seasons and the feedback has been positive.

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee supported an experimental rule for the upcoming season to allow teams to view live video and preloaded video on their bench during conference games only should the conference submit a waiver request for the experimental rule. 

If a conference chooses to use this experimental rule, it will be a conference’s decision as to the type of appropriate technology that may be used.

Teams would not be allowed to use the rule in non-conference games.

Teams competing in the 2021 National Invitation Tournament experimented with this expanded use of technology, and the rules committee received positive feedback.

The NCAA also approved a new shot clock that will allow tenths of seconds to be displayed next season.

The panel did not support a proposal that would have allowed officials to immediately assess a Class B technical foul to a player who faked being fouled.

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