A player of a team should not be permitted an advantage which is not intended by a rule. Neither should play be permitted to develop which may lead to placing a player at a disadvantage not intended by a rule. A player cannot touch the ball if it is in the imaginary cylinder above the ring. These are examples of basket interference.
The rule was designed to help speed up play and shift the emphasis of the game to the players. This season, the NCAA has tweaked the rule, allowing coaches to call timeouts in live-ball situations, but only when the team is inbounding the ball.
Most coaches treat timeouts like gold medallions, so getting one back at a time when players are under their most duress is a decision that has gone over well.
The rule last year made it so coaches had to signal to the players and get them to call timeout in live-ball situations. Coaches were still allowed to call timeouts after made baskets and dead-ball situations. The change was put in place essentially to prevent coaches from yelling "Timeout!
It turned out to be a big adjustment for coaches and players, particularly late in games, when players' minds are racing. Teams practiced late-game timeout situations, but the adrenaline of playing in a close game was not something that could be replicated.
I'd rather that be on use or least have the ability to do that.
Coaches will still have to flag their players down when the ball is live, which can be problematic with the crowd noise and the players so focused on what they're doing. But being able to call a timeout to prevent a 5-second in-bounds violation late in a game could make the difference between winning and losing.
Part of what they want is to get opposing players out of their comfort zone, speed them up mentally and physically. Allowing a coach to call a timeout before a 5-second call or bad decision is made might take some of that advantage away. The coach has the benefit of perspective standing on the sideline and can often see trouble developing when a player might not be able to in the heat of a game.
It's nice to have that piece back," Wyoming coach Allen Edwards said. Even when I was a player, I always thought that when you did that and a coach had to call timeout, that was still a plus for you because they're having to use one and the pressure is getting to them.