I ran across a link to the new NCAA bball rule book last night and found a couple things that were interesting New rules: Court Finish. (Rule 1-17.6). The playing court must be completely finished in a manner that is similar throughout, including the 3-foot area outside each sideline and 6-foot area outside each end line. It is the responsibility of the host game management to ensure that the court is of a consistent finish, including any logos or decals that are legally allowed on the floor. My immediate thought was Oregon, is their court now a rules violation? Are they grandfathered in? Are they the reason for the new rule? Officials will no longer count out loud or use their hands to count back-court violations, all will be based off of the shot-clock.....Seems like a no-brainer, but probably something guards are going to have to be aware of. There are a bunch of new monitor review rules, it basically seems like anything under two minutes can be reviewed, they can now review to determine who a foul was on and who the ball went out on anytime during the game. There were a bunch of other new rules but nothing fundamentally different. There is a section outlined that has three points the NCAA is concerned with and they are giving refs training on and to specifically watch and call tighter this year: They are: Handchecking - going to be called tighter this year Freedom of movement - can't impede cutters Blocks/charges - this was mentioned several times. When an offensive player leaves the ground a defensive player can't come in under them to try to get a charging call. The position and placement of the defender is determined when the offensive player leaves the ground, not where they end up. Expect to see a lot more blocking calls this year It seems like the NCAA is really trying to free up the flow of the game and increase scoring. As for CU, this all appears great, they aren't an overly physical team on defense, the focus this year will definitely hurt teams that impede cutters, are physical with the guards and bang in the post.