The Big Ten and Mid-American Conference will be somewhat of the NCAA’s guinea pig in the 2016-2017 basketball season.
The NCAA approved the experimental use of a rules Tuesday which would allow for instant replays to be used on blocking and charge fouls during in-conference games.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) October 18, 2016
The NCAA discussed expanding the use of instant replays when the Men’s Basketball Rules Committee met last May, and the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the use of the experimental instant replay rule. The release states the committee allowing the use of the rule this season would allow for them to decide whether or not to make the rule permanent come their meeting next May.
The rule would act similar to a challenge in college football, where an official or head coach can stop the game if they believe a wrong call has been made.
In order for the rule to be applicable, it needs to follow outlined conditions.
Replay can be only be used: in the final two minutes of the second half or overtime period, when an official has made a block or charge call in the restricted area arc and if a call has been made.
Any play under reviewed must be acknowledged and corrected before play resumes.
The restricted arc area in question was not specified in the release.