Ogden (The Salem News)
Bruce Pearl

Coaches adapt to limits on their ability to call timeouts

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Coaches are still getting accustomed to a new NCAA rule that restricts them to calling timeouts only when the ball is dead. The new wrinkle has produced some interesting scenarios down the stretch of close games.

Whenever a ball is given to a player, it becomes live and only players have the power to call timeouts. Coaches have to wait until a basket is made or play stops. Coaches can signal for timeouts while the ball is live, but under the rule that took effect this year, referees will only award the timeout if a player acts on that request.

The rule change has led to criticism from some coaches who don't like having responsibilities taken away from them.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Feb 8
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (32)21-31,5663
2Maryland (13)22-31,4994
3Oklahoma (7)20-31,4721
4Iowa (11)19-51,4715
5Xavier21-31,3826
6Kansas (1)20-41,3117
7Virginia (1)20-41,2239
8Michigan State20-51,14410
9North Carolina20-41,1362
10West Virginia19-51,08214
11Oregon20-590516
12Miami (FL)19-482617
13Louisville19-581919
14Iowa State17-778113
15Texas A&M18-66638
16SMU20-359312
17Arizona20-549723
18Purdue20-545618
19Dayton21-341324
20Providence18-734911
21Baylor18-633315
22Kentucky18-622820
23USC18-622527
23Southern California18-522527
24Texas16-819936

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