[quote="noobd, post:8, topic:1000"]My CBB pet peeve:
Timeouts. 5 per team, +1 TO in OT (right?) is way too many. Especially since CBS has TV time outs every 30 seconds.[/quote]
Agreed. The last 3 minutes of gametime yesterday in the St Mary’s game took about 25 minutes real time by my clock. That’s a quarter of how long the whole game should generally take. They must’ve used what felt like 20 timeouts in those 3 minutes, i don’t know where they were pulling them out of.
I have a different perspective on the whole end of game scenario and I realize it’s going to be a contrarian view. While the clock may take a while to expire in a close game, you are also getting more plays/possessions in that time from than you do over the normal course of the game. I’d much rather see a bunch of 5-10 second possessions, even if some of them are from the foul line, then I would the 30 second work the ball around the perimeter ones that happen in the middle of the game. I think the ability to call the timeouts actually adds to the end game tension and drama and is good for the game. If those timeouts allow me to see ten possessions or so in the last two clock minutes, that’s great.
Take that game for example. In the last 2 minutes of the game, there were 33 actions that took place (I’m defining an action as something that required an entry in the box, e.g. a shot, rebound, foul, free throw, etc). That’s an average of 17 action items per minute. In the other 38 minutes of the game, there were 271 action items, or about 7 per minute. So you’re getting about two and a half times the basketball in that time frame.
On a possession basis, each team had the ball seven times in those two minutes. That translates to a 140 possession game. In the other 38 minutes, the teams each had the ball 60 times, that works out to a 63 possession game. So again, you are seeing basketball played at over twice the pace of the rest of the game. I enjoy that and think it creates a lot of tension. So what if it takes a little more real time. That just helps build the tension.