The NCAA reduced the number of timeouts in men’s basketball games from five to four per team before the 2015-16 season. It was both the right and wrong move.
Prior to the 2015-16 season, each team had five total timeouts (four of which they were permitted to carry into the second half) plus eight total TV timeouts. Additionally, play was halted for replay reviews, injuries, free throws, and several other items.
Eliminating a timeout was the smart and obvious decision. However, the NCAA should’ve taken it one step further and eliminated two timeouts, giving each team three total timeouts and allowing each team to carry two timeouts into the second half.
This week on the High Motor podcast, we discuss college basketball’s timeout problem and other things we do NOT need in sports. Listen below (or listen on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Stitcher, or anywhere else):