Games during the 2018 NIT is going to look a little different than most college basketball contests.
The NCAA announced experimental rule changes Tuesday for the 2018 NIT, including four quarters, a longer 3-point line and a wider paint. Here are the four rule changes that will be in effect for March’s NIT Tournament:
• The three-point line will be extended by approximately 1 foot 8 inches to the same distance used by FIBA for international competition (22 feet 1.75 inches).
• The free throw lane will be widened from 12 feet to 16 feet, consistent with the width used by the NBA.
• The games will be divided into four 10-minute quarters as opposed to two 20-minute halves. Teams will shoot two free throws beginning with the fifth foul of each quarter.
• The shot clock will reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound instead of the full 30 seconds.
The NCAA’s Division I men’s basketball oversight committee will review these rules and consider making them permanent changes. The next time the NCAA can introduce new rules is ahead of the 2019-2020 season.
“The style of play in men’s college basketball is healthy and appealing, but the leadership governing the game is interested in keeping the playing rules contemporary and trending favorably,” Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball, said in a press release. “Experimenting with two significant court dimension rules, a shot-clock reset rule and a game-format rule all have some level of support in the membership, so the NIT will provide the opportunity to gather invaluable data and measure the experience of the participants.”