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Let's Play To 100

Updated on April 10, 2012

Why do we have a clock in basketball? What benefits are there to having a clock? The only one i can come up with is that it allows television broadcasts to more or less flow from one game into the next. Notice how i said "more or less". Meaning that even with the clock it is difficult to control just how long a game will last. My proposal is every college and pro game be played until one team scores 100 points. All the aggravations that come with a clock could then be avoided. Let's talk then about some of these aggravations. For one every time there is a shot made with time expiring on either the game clock or the shot clock a review is necessary to determine if the ball was released in time. All such reviews would be null and void.

And speaking of the shot clock how many times a game do we see a desperation shot heaved at the basket because time was expiring. The whole reason for the shot clock in the first place was to prevent teams from sitting on the ball once they had obtained a lead. But if the game is to now be played to 100 the same goal has been achieved without those low percentage shots mentioned above. Perhaps though the most important reason for eliminating the clock is to remove the intentional fouling that happens usually in the last 2 minutes of a game in which one team has gained a 4 point or more advantage. The mission for any defense on ANY possession is to KEEP THE OTHER TEAM FROM SCORING. An intentional foul is obviously a means to give the opposing team at best 2 points from the free throw line with the hopes of taking a 3 pointer at the other end upon change of possession. This has always been and will always be a very unhealthy way to end a basketball game. This is not the way the game is played the other 46 minutes(in the pros) and so it shouldn't be played that way at the end.

If you play to 100 the other team cannot win because your comeback attempt ran out of time. So many times you see a game get to the 6 minute mark and a team is behind by let's say 15. At that point the trailing team has to pretty much score on every possession AND prevent the other team from scoring on every possession. Even if you score 15 in half a quarter(which is better than average), the chances of holding the other team scoreless are almost non-existent. Taking out the clock means that you don't have to be perfect on defense to come back. As long as you keep them off 100 you STILL HAVE A CHANCE. I even forgot to mention human error. Many a time has a clock operator failed to start the clock on time. And as far as scheduling games for television, the networks will just have to leave wider gaps between games in the event that two teams have a difficult time reaching 100. If that takes away from the number of televised games for one of ESPN's channels, then add some more ESPN channels. And if you're attending the game and worried about what time you'll get home, STAY HOME.


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