ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced on Thursday that the league will experiment with a 30-second shot clock for men’s exhibition basketball games for the 2014-15 season.
Men’s teams currently use a 35-second shot clock, which has been in place since the 1993-94 season. That will remain in place this season.
A 30-second shot clock could be a precursor for a future rules change. ACC coaches made the recommendation with the blessing of the league AD’s to Swofford, and the findings of how things unfold following games with the 30-second shot clock will be presented to the men’s basketball rules committee.
Swofford told ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson that a shorter shot clock would definitely speed up play.
“Our coaches and ADs both felt it would be an enhancement to the game in today’s world,” Swofford told Adelson.“It adds more possessions and potentially would speed up the game.”
According to KenPom.com, the ACC was the slowest league in college basketball (Thanks, Virginia!) by averaging 61.8 possessions during league games.