2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
- Reducing the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds.
- Providing offensive players the same verticality protections as defensive players.
- Extending the restricted-area arc from 3 feet to 4 feet from the basket.
- Reducing the number of team timeouts from 5 to 4, with a limit of no more than 3 timeouts in the second half.
- End the practice of coaches calling timeouts from the bench in live-ball situations.
- The 10-second backcourt rule, under which the offensive team has 10 seconds to advance the ball from the backcourt to the frontcourt, would be tightened. The following situations, all of which result in a reset of the 10-second count under previous rules, would no longer reset the count:
- The defense deflects the ball out of bounds.
- A held ball situation in the offensive backcourt in which the possession arrow favors the offense.
- A technical foul against the offensive team during possession in its own backcourt.
- Eliminating the five-second "closely-guarded" rule while the ball is being dribbled.
- Allowing for technical fouls to be called on players who are determined to have faked a foul while reviewing for a flagrant foul.
- Allow video replay of shot-clock violations throughout the game. Currently this is limited to only the final 4:00 of the game and in overtime.
- "Class B" technical fouls, such as hanging on the rim and delay of game, would result in one free throw by the non-violating team instead of the current two.
- Requiring that a timeout taken within 30 seconds of a scheduled media timeout break (which are at 16:00, 12:00, 8:00, and 4:00 of each half) become the media timeout. This particular change had been made in NCAA women's basketball effective with the 2013–14 season.
- Stricter enforcement of resumption of play after timeouts and replacing fouled out players. Teams will receive a delay-of-game warning after the first violation, and a Class B technical foul for each subsequent violation.
- Dunking will be allowed during team warmups.
Milestones and records
Conference membership changes
After a tumultuous four years in which over 80 Division I schools moved to new conferences—some more than once—only one school will be joining a new conference as a full member for 2015–16:
|School||Former conference||New conference|
|Northern Kentucky Norse||Atlantic Sun||Horizon|
Another confirmed change in membership involves the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). This does not involve a school moving to a new league, but rather a change in identity of a Division I school. On July 1, 2015, the University of Texas–Pan American (UTPA) and the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) will merge to form the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The UTPA athletic program will be inherited by UTRGV, which will retain UTPA's WAC membership.
Following UAB's decision to drop football at the end of the 2014 season, its future membership in Conference USA (C-USA) beyond 2014–15 was initially uncertain, as league bylaws require all member schools to either sponsor FBS football or be committed to establishing an FBS program. Due to ongoing efforts by boosters and other supporters to raise funds to bring UAB football back, C-USA indicated that UAB would be allowed to remain in the league for the 2015–16 season, but not beyond that time unless football is reinstated. On June 1, 2015, UAB announced that the football program would be reinstated in 2016, presumably keeping the school in C-USA for at least the immediate future.
Early season tournaments
- NCAA committee calls for 30 second shot clock, May 15, 2015, retrieved May 15, 2015
- "Men’s basketball rules committee recommends package of proposals" (Press release). NCAA. May 15, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
- "Northern Kentucky University to Join Horizon League in July" (Press release). Horizon League. May 11, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
- Watson, Graham (May 2, 2015). "Report: C-USA likely to drop UAB if football isn't reinstated". Dr. Saturday. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
- Scarborough, Alex (June 1, 2015). "UAB reinstates football for 2016". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 1, 2015.