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Lincoln Southwest vs. Lincoln Southeast, 12.14

LINCOLN, NEB. - 12/14/2018 -The Lincoln Southwest and Lincoln Southeast student sections watch the game at Lincoln Southeast High School on Friday.

The head coach of the state university's men's basketball team is in favor of a shot clock for high school hoops and would like to see Nebraska implement it.

Husker coach Tim Miles, speaking during his weekly appearance on "Sports Nightly" on Monday night, said incorporating a shot clock into high school hoops will improve the quality of the sport.

"The more you can force play and force pace, the better the players become," Miles said.

A South Dakota native, Miles has noted on more than one occasion that his home state was the second in the nation to implement the shot clock for high school hoops, with neighboring North Dakota the first.

The Dakotas, along with California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Washington, are the only eight states in the country that use a shot clock in high school hoops.

There is no national mandate from the National Federation of State High School Associations for states to use the shot clock, and until there is, Nebraska is likely to stay with the 42 states that continue to play without.

It's a debate that will drag on in those states with no shot clocks. 

On one hand, logistical and cost issues are real, especially for Nebraska's small, rural schools. The cost to install shot clocks can run from the mid-four figures into five figures. That's on top of finding enough capable volunteers to operate the technology properly, and educating officials on when the clocks need to be reset during play.

But, as Miles said, "if states like North Dakota and South Dakota can do it, Nebraska should be able to find a way, too."

On the other side, Miles' point is valid. With a 30- or 35-second shot clock, teams would no longer be able to hold the ball and play the stall game in an effort to negate any gaps in skill level. Individual players would have to improve their games, and teams would be forced to execute at a higher level offensively.

And while a shot clock would increase the pace of games offensively, it would also reward those teams that are truly strong defensively and able to guard opponents late into possessions.

For now and the foreseeable future, the debate will rage on. But there's at least one coach within Nebraska's borders who would prefer to see a change.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.


Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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