Lowering the shot clock in the NIT had the opposite effect


In order to "fix" what is "broken" in college basketball, the NIT (National Invitation Tournament) lowered the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 seconds for their tournament this year. The NCAA thought this change would speed up the pace of play and increase scoring to address concerns from critics who say the game has become too slow. However, as the numbers above show, points per game actually decreased. Meanwhile according to stats, the pace (# of possessions per game) remained the exact same and the offense efficiency only improved by 1%. I wonder what gimmick the NCAA will think of next? Lowering the basket to 8 feet? A 5 point shot?