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2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

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The 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season will begin in November with 2K Sports Classic and will end with the Final Four in Houston April 2–4. Practices will officially begin in October.

Rule changes

The following rule changes were proposed by the NCAA Men's Rules Committee for the 2015-16 season:[1][2]

  • 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.

Season headlines

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[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Season outlook

Pre–season polls

Regular season

Early season tournaments

Name Dates Location No. teams Champion
NIT Season Tip-Off November 25–27 Madison Square Garden
(New York, NY)
4 TBD
2K Sports Classic November 19–20 Madison Square Garden
(New York, NY)
4 TBD
Puerto Rico Tip-Off November 19–20, 22 Roberto Clemente Coliseum
(San Juan, PR)
8 TBD
Charleston Classic November 19–20, 22 TD Arena
(Charleston, SC)
8 TBD
Coaches vs. Cancer Classic November 20–21 Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, NY)
4 TBD
Paradise Jam Tournament November 20–23 Sports and Fitness Center
(Saint Thomas, VI)
8 TBD
Hall of Fame Tip Off November 21–22 Mohegan Sun
(Uncasville, CT)
4 TBD
MGM Grand Main Event November 23, 25 MGM Grand Garden Arena
(Las Vegas, NV)
8 TBD
Corpus Christi Coastal Classic November 27–28 American Bank Center
(Corpus Christi, TX)
4 TBD
CBE Hall of Fame Classic November 23–24 Sprint Center
(Kansas City, MO)
4 TBD
Legends Classic November 23–24 Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, NY)
4 TBD
Gulf Coast Showcase November 23–25 Germain Arena
(Estero, FL)
8 TBD
Maui Invitational Tournament November 23–25 Lahaina Civic Center
(Lahaina, HI)
8 TBD
Cancun Challenge November 24–25 Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
(Cancún, MX)
8 TBD
Great Alaska Shootout November 25–28 Sullivan Arena
(Anchorage, AK)
8 TBD
Battle 4 Atlantis November 25–27 Imperial Arena
(Nassau, BAH)
8 TBD
Orlando Classic November 26–27, 29 HP Field House
(Lake Buena Vista, FL)
8 TBD
Wooden Legacy November 26–27, 29 Anaheim Convention Center
(Anaheim, CA)
8 TBD
Las Vegas Invitational November 26–27 Orleans Arena
(Las Vegas, NV)
4 TBD
Emerald Coast Classic November 27–28 Emerald Coast Classic Arena
(Niceville, FL)
4 TBD
Barclays Center Classic November 27–28 Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, NY)
4 TBD
Las Vegas Classic December 21–22 Orleans Arena
(Las Vegas, NV)
4 TBD
Diamond Head Classic December 22–23, 25 Stan Sheriff Center
(Honolulu, HI)
8 TBD


References

  1. ^ NCAA committee calls for 30 second shot clock, May 15, 2015, retrieved May 15, 2015 
  2. ^ "Men’s basketball rules committee recommends package of proposals" (Press release). NCAA. May 15, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Northern Kentucky University to Join Horizon League in July" (Press release). Horizon League. May 11, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Scarborough, Alex (June 1, 2015). "UAB reinstates football for 2016". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 1, 2015.