Steitz, who has been accused of sounding
like a broken record many times during his
"Behind all our deliberations, we want to
maintain the delicate balance between the
offense and defense. That's what has made
the college game so popular. We have to
recognize that the coaching has never been
better; the players are fantastic; the officiating has improved tremendously, regardless
of what some people may think; and the
media coverage has been explosive.
"The in-season and tournament play has
reached new heights in caliber of competition and in interest. When Division I starts
its tournament, it's two weeks of hysteria
across the country."
Does all this mean that everything is so
perfect with the game that the rules committee can go on a permanent vacation?
Hardly. Steitz and his 13-member committee, which represents more than 300
years of experience in coaching, officiating
and administering the game, is constantly at
work. The job of research never ceases.
In describing his committee, Steitz calls
it "a conservative rather than an ultra-liberal court by conscious design in that the
organizations represented are not anxious to
change rules without research to substanti-
Indiana coach Bob Knight utilized the three-
point shot to his advantage in the 1987
championship win over Syracuse.
ate a change. The committee does not want
to disturb the delicate balance between offense and defense radically.
"It is quite simple to change or rewrite a
rule, but what effect does that change have
on maintaining that sorely needed delicate
balance? If one were to increase the penalty
for a foul or violation, it encourages delay
or stalling-type tactics. By the same token,
if the penalty for a foul or violation is not
severe enough, it encourages a rough type,
"Any time a code of playing rules in a
sport makes it profitable for one to foul, or
to violate the rule for profit, it is a poor
Meanwhile, basketball's 100th birthday
party will be an international affair, starting
in December of 1991.
According to Basketball Hall of Fame Executive Director Joe O'Brien, the 174 nations who play the game will be participating in the year-long celebration.
What is in the future for the basketball
"I see not too far down the road a widening of the lane.. .quite possibly to the Olympic dimensions of 18 feet on the end line —
six feet wider than ours," Steitz answers.
"The idea is to open up the inside a little
more and minimize the rough low post play.
"As for raising the hoop, I probably won't
be around — but it WILL happen." $)
Forty-five Second Clock,
Three-Point Shot Increase Scoring
Two of the college game's most innovative alterations occurred during the 1980s. The 45-second shot clock (1986) and the three-point
shot (1987) have raised the amount of points scored by Division I teams since the inception of the changes.
Beginning in 1986, when the 45-second clock was introduced, two teams averaged 138.7 points-a-game. Since then, point production by two teams has risen every season — 145.5 average (1987), 147.8 average (1988) and 151.4 average (1989).
In 1987, when the three-point shot was injected into the game, the number of attempts and conversions have increased on a yearly
basis. And from early 1990 reports, the three-point field goal is as popular as ever.
Division I Men's Statistical Trends
(These Statistics Include Two-Team Averages)
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^Inception of 45-second clock
**Inception of three-point shot