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November 13, 2013

Fouls and scoring up in college basketball

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ATHENS —

Even LeBron James took notice of the constant stoppages. He tweeted Tuesday night during the Kansas-Duke game: "They call so many fouls in college ball. Let 'em hoop. Should go to 6 fouls as well."

Kansas coach Bill Self agreed with James.

"Obviously there's a lot of fouls and no rhythm," he said after his team beat Duke. "I believe the first game was a lot like that, too, at least in the second half. To be honest, I don't like it, but hopefully players will learn to adjust and coaches will do a better job. It just takes away all aggressiveness defensively. At least it does with us. We haven't had a team shoot 50 percent against us, maybe five times in the last seven years.

"Basically everybody's shooting close to 50 percent against us. We've got to adjust because that was a pretty fragmented game. Weren't many up and downs that teams could get a rhythm."

There were 53 fouls and 63 free throws taken in the game.

Women's games are similar. In top-ranked Connecticut's 19-point win over No. 3 Stanford on Monday night 40 fouls were called.

"It's going to take a little bit of time," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "I think the officials are going to be in a tough spot for a little while because not every touch is the same as the next one. Some are fouls and some are not. But in the beginning every one is. It's unfortunate that it's come to this, but it's our culture in America. I would like to think that by January people will adjust to it. If players are smart, they'll adjust to it. I tell our guys, 'Either stay in your stance and stay in the game, or come out of your stance and come out of the game. Those are your choices, dude. That's it."

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