Any Big Ten teams making the postseason NIT will have a new foul policy to deal with.
The NCAA announced on Monday that team fouls will reset to zero at the conclusion of each 10-minute segments during games. In other words, fouls will reset when the game clock reads 9:59 and then at the end of the half. During each 10-minute segment, teams are limited to four personal and technical fouls. Then, on the fifth foul (and going forward), the fouled team would get two free-throw attempts.
In overtime, the limit is three personal and technical fouls before the automatic two foul shots start with the fourth foul.
Also, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds instead of 30 seconds when the ball is inbounded in the front court.
The changes are experimental.
NCAA announces foul reset rule for NIT
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The NCAA’s announcement comes after the association had discussions about going to four 10-minute quarters instead of the current two halves of 20 minutes each. According to a news release, the foul reset change could have the same effect as quarters without having to give up the “unique format of two 20-minutes halves.”