FINALS WATCH: Things to keep an eye on

The Final Four tips off Saturday night and Steve Kerr has a few ideas on how to improve college basketball games.

“I could go on for a while,” said Kerr, who played 15 seasons in the NBA and was the general manager of the Phoenix Suns from 2007-10. He went to the Final Four with Arizona in 1988 and is working his third straight national semifinals as an analyst for Turner/CBS.

A few of his ideas to watch during the Final Four:

—Eliminate timeouts after made shots. “It just makes the game so choppy.”

—Cut out the mandatory media timeouts — under 16, 12, 8 and 4 minutes on the game clock— if a team calls one just before the scheduled timeout.” I understand that you’ve got to sell advertising, but there’s plenty of time for advertising because there’s enough timeouts already.”

—Don’t restart the 10-second backcourt count just because a team called a timeout.

—Change the interpretation of the charge/block so it’s geared toward the offensive player. “We’ve got to make the game more pleasing to watch and more fluid.”

— John Marshall — http://twitter.com/@ jmarshallap

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NCAA Finals Watch follows the Final Four games and all the activities surrounding the event as seen by journalists from The Associated Press from across Atlanta. It will be updated throughout the day with breaking news and other items of interest. Follow AP reporters on Twitter where available.

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