This year, the NCAA will once again use the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) as a testing ground for potential rule changes, which could go into effect as early as May 2019. Four rules will be modified for NIT play:
• 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 college game’s slow march towards quarters feels inevitable, but I like most of these, especially the shot clock shortening from 30 seconds to 20 after an offensive rebound. I can’t wait to see how Louisville handles that next month.