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October 26, 2013

New rules may bode well for speedy Sooners

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Still, the point of emphasis could change the game the most.

Coale said there will be a limit to the contact a defender may make on the perimeter with the player she’s defending. Also, once position is established in the lane by an offensive or defensive player, the opposing player has no right to push the original player out of her established position. And, finally, cutters moving without the ball, particularly, in the lane, may not be bumped off their course by opposing players simply trying to unsettle an offense’s rhythm.

“Scoring is down. There's not much flow,” Coale said. “Percentages are low. It's just not fun to watch people beat each other up over 94 feet of the floor.”

Also, if additional foul calls are now bound to make for a longer game, the NCAA has addressed that, too. Before, media timeouts were taken at the first stoppage after the 16-, 12-, 8- and 4-minute marks of each half. Now, if a team calls a timeout when a media timeout is owed, or within 30 seconds of when a media timeout is owed, the timeout will be full and be considered the media timeout, limiting the number of stoppages during the game.”

The Sooners like the new rules in theory.

“It will excite you when somebody won’t be riding you down the court the whole entire time,” OU point guard Morgan Hook said. “I think it does play to our advantage.”

The Sooners like to get out and run, and now opposing defenses should have a harder time stopping that rhythm without being whistled.

“I don’t think it will be much of a problem for us just because of the style that we like to play,” shooting guard Ellenberg said. “It could help us with other teams that like to play slower, because we like to play faster.”

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