Beware of the big rules changes

Hide the children. Avert your eyes. Shutter the windows and lock the doors.

The rule changes are coming! The rule changes are coming!

The NCAA has unleashed Godzilla. He is wearing black and white stripes, a menacing whistle wrapped around his neck, and is headed straight to a college basketball venue near you to trample the game into smithereens.

At least that's what plenty of coaches would have you believe.

The college basketball season officially opens Friday amid the usual cocktail of excitement and expectation.

Simmering not far beneath the surface is an undercurrent of apprehension, if not flat-out dread. The NCAA rules committee has introduced two big changes this season -- a crackdown on handchecks and a more rigid interpretation of the block-charge call.

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