LEXINGTON, Ky. — College basketball is almost certain to have a 45-second shot clock next season, but it likely will take longer to deal with the problem of late-game fouling, NCAA official Edward Steitz said Thursday.
Steitz, athletic director at Springfield College and longtime editor of the NCAA's rules committee, told a news conference that 62% of the National Assn. of Basketball Coaches surveyed called for the NCAA to adopt the shot clock for all games next season.
The clock, similar to the 24-second clock used by the pros, was used experimentally by 23 conferences during the 1984-85 season.
The NCAA will meet next week to vote formally on the shot clock. A two-thirds majority of the rules committee is needed for passage. "The likelihood of it failing is almost nil," Steitz said.