NIT will use 30-second shot clock, larger restricted area arc

Friday February 6th, 2015

The 2015 Postseason National Invitation Tournament will feature a 30-second shot clock and a four-foot restricted-area arc near the basket, the NCAA announced on Friday.

Men's college basketball has used a 35-second shot clock since 1993, when it was reduced from 45 seconds. Women's college basketball uses a 30-second shot clock, while the National Basketball Association uses a 24-second shot clock.

The NCAA added a three-foot arc under the basket in 2011. If a secondary defender is inside of the arc, that player can't draw a charge on a player driving or shooting unless it is a flagrant foul. The NBA uses a four-foot arc under its baskets.

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The results of the rules changes will be evaluated by the Men's Basketball Rules Committee during its meeting in mid-May.

“The committee discussed both of these potential rule changes during its May 2014 meeting, knowing that the May 2015 meeting would be the committee’s next opportunity to make a change to either of these rules,” said Rick Byrd, head men’s basketball coach at Belmont and chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee.

“Although the committee will discuss a number of potential rules changes at the meeting, having specific data on these two rules should help the committee make a decision about whether such potential rule changes might further improve the flow and competitiveness of college basketball,” Byrd said.

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The experimental rules come as college basketball is currently having the slowest paced and lowest scoring season ever, according to ESPN's Eamonn Brennan.

The NIT runs from March 15 through April 2.

- Paul Palladino

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