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A Taste of Orange

Shot Clock

Shooting for speed.

Did you know that the shot clock got its start in Syracuse? It first came into use in 1954 by Syracuse Nationals owner Danny Biasone, who wanted to force basketball teams to pick up the pace of games. Biasone experimented using a 24-second timer during a scrimmage, then convinced the NBA to adopt it for the 1954-55 season.

The Orange began hearing the tick of the shot clock in 1985, when the NCAA adopted a 45-second version for college basketball teams. That time was later shaved by 10 seconds, reducing it to the 35-second clock that the Orange and other college teams use today.