Interesting news from the NCAA this morning: in this year’s NIT, they’re going to experiment with some new rules, one of which would reset team fouls to zero at the end of 10-minute segments in each half. The NCAA says the move is in response to discussion about switching from two halves to four 10-minute quarters in the game. The NCAA’s not ready to make the switch to quarters yet, but is testing the waters with this new rule.
“The committee believes resetting the team fouls to zero at the 9:59 mark of each half may have the same effect as resetting the team fouls to zero at the end of each quarter, while at the same time allowing for men’s college basketball to retain the unique format of two 20-minute halves,” the release reads.
The other rule they’ll experiment with in the NIT is resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds instead of 30 seconds when the ball is inbounded in the front court. The rules committee says they’re experimenting with this rule in hopes of increasing the number of possessions for each team, which, in theory, would increase scoring.
One step closer to four quarters…yay or nay?