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Coaches committee adds to replay

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The NCAA men's basketball rules committee voted Thursday at the conclusion of a three-day coaches meeting to extend its replay reviews at the end of regulation and overtime on shot-clock violations and out-of-bounds calls.

The committee members also clarified blocking and charging calls and adjusted the elbow-clearing rule. But the coaches determined that there was not enough support to vote on reducing the 35-second shot clock.

If approved by an oversight panel on June 18, the rule changes will take effect next season.

Officials will be able to check replays to confirm possession on out-of-bounds plays or shot-clock violations in the final two minutes of regulation and overtime. Coaches discussed whether to give officials the option to go to the monitors in the last minute or two minutes.

"We felt that two minutes was better than one minute," said John Dunne, rules committee chair and St. Peter's coach, according to ESPN.com. "Obviously, a possession with 1:10 left is just as important as one with just under a minute left."

Another alteration was made to permit officials to check replay immediately in the final four minutes of a game and overtime rather than wait until a television timeout to determine whether a shot was a two-pointer or a 3-pointer.

The elbow rule will provide leeway for an official to decide whether a player inadvertently hits another player or is making a basketball play. Options include a flagrant one foul, a flagrant two foul, a player control foul or, upon replay review, to change the call if there was no contact.

The blocking/charging call will now prohibit a defensive player moving into the space in front of an offensive player once the player with the ball has started an upward motion.

As far as the shot clock, Dunne said there was not enough agreement among coaches to act on a reduction.

"There wasn't a vote taken since it was a 50-50 split so we felt it wasn't the right time to go in that direction," Dunne said.

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