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New rules enacted to speed up, clean up game
NCAA Rules Committee's new regulations to make for more shots, less trash talk
Small parts needed to make 'M' ru
Leadership from veterans, bench necessary to push Wolverines
By RACHEL BACHMAN
The Crisler Crazies will play a
bigger role in basketball games this
season, even if it's only to yell "Five,
four, three, two, one" more often.
That'sbecause the NCAARules Com-
mittee voted to reduce the shot clock
to 35 seconds, 10 seconds less than it
was a season ago.
The change was just one on a list
of nine new rules that will go into
effect this year.
The five-second dribbling viola-
tion while closely guarded has been
eliminated. In addition, the commit-
tee voted to stop the clock after suc-
cessful field goals in the last minute
of the game and the last minute of any
overtime period, without allowing
Illinois coach Lou Henson said the
shot clock change "will definitely im-
pact the game. You'll see the ball shot
more, you'lseeteams unalittlemore."
"I think what we're going to see
is, what I call, a lot of 'back-ass'
basketball, where oneplayerjust takes
the ball and backs in, like they do in
the pros, and four guys stand around.
I'm not sure that's what the college
game should be," Heathcote said.
One rule change that may affect
Michigan more than other teams is the
expansion of the definition of profanity
to include "obscene and abusive" lan-
guage. Perpetrators can now more eas-
ily be assessed a technical foul.
NCAA Rules Committee Chair
and USC coach George Raveling in-
dicated that the stricter rule was par-
tially in response to the increase in so-
called "trash-talking," which the Fab
Five has helped make infamous.
A self-proclaimed trash talker,
Michigan's Jalen Rose said that de-
spite the rule, he will not hesitate to
talk to his opponents.
"When you're out there playing,
you play by instincts," Rose said.
"The best players are the ones who
just play ball and don't worry about
Many of the new regulations were
implemented as aresultof complaints
that the game dragged.
"The fans want action, the players
want action, and in all honesty, I think
the coaches want action," Heathcote
said. "Maybe these are steps in the
When buying a new car, a buyer
looks for certain intangibles - the
smell of the interior, the feeling when
you drive it. They are what give the
automobile its life and soul.
Without them, the car is not ev-
erything it was advertised to be.
The same holds true for this year's
Michigan basketball team.
Steve Fisher will need certain in-
tangibles to surface if the 1993-94
Wolverine model is todrive back to the
The most important immeasurable
item in Michigan's quest forasuccess-
ful season is leadership. Last year's
team did not have a captain, although
Fisher presented the honor to Rob
Pelinka at the postseason bust. This
leaves Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Juwan
Howard and Ray Jackson to take
"I want leadership by example
(from) our veteran kids," Fisher said.
"Your best leader may not be a vocal
leader, but he's the guy who always
does the right things. We will expect
that from the guys who have been
here a while."
While leadership may be whatpro-
vides the team with that special iden-
tity, like the way the steering wheel fits
in a driver's hand, the bench is what
makes the car run.
This season the bench is more like
aChevy Malibu; itruns, but the engine
knocks and sputters. Ideally, it should
resemble the Ford Country Squire sta-
tion wagon the family can counton day
With the departure of key bench
personnel- Pelinka, James Voskuil
and Eric Riley -Fisher is faced with
a reserve corps that is somewhere be-
tween thin and gaunt.
The skinny is Leon Derricks, who
at 6 feet 9 and 215 pounds, cannot
match the physical presence Howard
supplies in the paint.
A year ago, Pelinka or Voskuil
could come off the bench and provide
quality defense or naila three-pointer,
creating instant scoring punch.
But because Fisher has only a
five-player bench, which is untested
and quite raw, the younger model
vehicles will be put to the test early
"Out of necessity, more than any-
thing, they are going to play," Fisher
said. "All the kids have a chance for
significant playing time,
because they are good, of
reason there isn't anyone
of whom played sparingly
will be forced into unfami
key players, as will newcc
Fields, Bobby Crawford
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"I think it's going to help us,"
Michigan guard Jimmy King said. "It
will make us push theballmore. We're
going to have to be in the best shapes
of our lives this season and hope to
wear other teams down."
"I'm not crazy about the 35-sec-
ondclock,"Michigan State coach Jud
Heathcote said. "I think 45 seconds
has worked very well."
Coaches' reactions to the five-
second dribbling violation were more
Minnesota coach Clem Haskins
was in favor of the change, because
said it transfers some of the referees'
control to the players.
"The five-second rule, that one can
really bedevastating. We've seen games
determined at the end with that call."
Heathcote disagreed, saying that
the college game is heading in the
direction of the NBA.
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Ray Jackson's defense is his trademark. As one of the veterans on this
year's squad, he must also supply leadership on both ends of the floor.
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