ACC Joins Triple-Double Trend in College Basketball
Bill Miller (FUMA Class of 1953) Recorded First Triple-Double in the ACC
College players over the past two seasons also have been aided by the rules change a season ago that reduced the shot clock. As a result, according to kenpom.com, possessions per a 40-minute game, have increased from 65.4 prior to the rule change to 69.5 a season ago to 70.4 this season.
Rules changes have had a direct impact on scoring in college basketball. Scoring had dipped to 69.4 points per game for a team during the 1986 season, then jumped to 72.8 points the following season with the introduction of the 3-point basket. It dropped again to 67.7 points during the 2015 season, then surged to 72.8 points a season ago with the reduction in the shot clock and to 73.0 this season.
“Maybe ... Freedom of movement and higher scoring has allowed more possessions, shorter shot clock, maybe more possessions,” Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said. “So there’s more opportunities for guys to have triple-doubles.”
The game has come a long way from when Virginia’s Bill Miller recorded the ACC’s first triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 1955 against N.C. State. Heck, they were not even referred to as triple-doubles then, nor recognized in any way. Certainly, fans could not closely monitor a player’s quest for a triple-double like we do today via scoreboards and telecasts that provide that up-to-the-play information.
“I think with the triple-double thing going on in the NBA, it’s become real fashionable, and it’s something that’s really cool for kids now,” Pittsburgh coach Kevin Stallings said. “It used to be the double-double was a big deal.”
Now it is a fad.
Miller, who was inducted to Fork Union's Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, graduated from Fork Union in 1953. After a standout career at the University of Virginia, Miller returned to Fork Union and served as the varsity basketball coach for 13 years and the Assistant Athletic Director of the Academy for 30 years.