A new NCAA rule could help avoid repeating the basketball disaster from the previous season, when Kentucky lost to the Blue Devils by 18 points and the NCAA’s sanctions were lifted.
The new rule would require teams to use “best efforts” to ensure their basketballs are cleaned and are in the basket when they are put on the court, according to an NCAA document obtained by The Associated Press.
The rule would apply to teams playing in tournaments and in NCAA tournaments.
It is not clear whether the rule would be implemented in the 2017-18 season, which is the first year the NCAA has required the league to use the new rule.
The Kentucky-Creighton game was played in early December and is set to be played at the NCAA tournament in Omaha, Neb.
The NCAA’s rule would allow teams to play games without using the new rules if the teams have a “best effort” policy.
Under the new provision, teams would have to make sure they clean their basketball hoops within 48 hours after the game or a new rule prohibiting teams from cleaning their hoops after games would apply.
The rule would also prevent teams from using the rule to help their players.
If a team is not in compliance, the rule will automatically be suspended.
The Kentucky-Celtics game in December was played to a 1-1 tie and ended in a 74-67 loss.
The Wildcats scored 21 points in the final 4:07 of the third quarter and shot 54 percent.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said he believed the team would not have been able to get out of the first half.
He said he wanted the rule in place so he could get a full evaluation of the game.
The Wildcats were ranked No. 3 in the country by The Sporting News and No. 1 by ESPN.
The Blue Devils were ranked fourth by USA Today.