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Syracuse basketball will play NIT games with experimental rules

March 13,2017 19:31

Syracuse, N.Y. -- When Syracuse hosts UNC-Greensboro in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night, the game is going to look a little different. In February, the NCAA's Rules Oversight Panel decided to use a set of experimental rules in this year's NIT.and more »

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Tyler Lydon reacts to an official's call during a game against Miami on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at the Carrier Dome.

(Stephen D. Cannerelli | scannerelli@syracuse.com)

Syracuse, N.Y. -- When Syracuse hosts UNC-Greensboro in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night, the game is going to look a little different.
In February, the NCAA's Rules Oversight Panel decided to use a set of experimental rules in this year's NIT.
The most obvious change gets rid of the traditional division of a game into two halves. In the NIT, the game will essentially be divided into 10-minute quarters. The game clock will count down from 20 minutes, but at the 10-minute mark each team's total fouls will reset to zero.
Instead of the NCAA's current foul limits of seven teams fouls for one half, the team limit will be four fouls for each 10-minute period.
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Under the regular rules, teams begin shooting one-and-one free throws at the seventh foul and then get two shots at the 10th foul in a half.
In the NIT, teams will shoot two free throws at the fourth foul in a 10-minute period.
If a game goes to overtime, the foul limit will be three for each 5-minute extra period. 
The NCAA went from two halves to four 10-minute quarters in the women's game prior to the 2015-16 season.
Fans might not notice the other experimental rule that will be in place during the NIT.
The shot clock will reset to 20 seconds instead of 30 seconds when the ball is inbounded in the front court. The NCAA wants to see if this will increase the number of possessions and, as a result, increase scoring. 
The NCAA often experiments will rules changes before officially adopting them. The NCAA approved the 30-second shot clock after experimenting with it during the 2015 NIT tournament. 
If all that matters is NCAA Tournament, now what for Syracuse basketball?

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