Tom Izzo leads charge for reduced shot clock

If college basketball’s peak is up and down March Madness action, it’s trough is low-scoring February games. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo is leading the charge to end the abysmally slow pace with a shot clock reduction.

“I would like to see a change,” Izzo told the station before receiving the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award in Oklahoma City. “One of the guys I have great respect for — Johnny Dawkins, who is at Stanford — and we were in our meetings the other day, and he said, ‘We have the slowest game in the world.’

“The international is less. The pro is less. The women’s is less. And here we are with 35 (seconds).”


Listen, I love college basketball and believe it’s the purest form of the game but it’s not without its faults. I’d rather be waterboarded than subject to an entire season of Wisconsin basketball. The plodding, the flopping, the stalling—UGH. No thanks.

This has been a long time coming. The college game has suffered enough. Get it done fellas.