NIT to once again try out experimental changes for its games
In addition to the NIT logo plastered on the Pinnacle Bank Arena court, white tape around the three-point lines and free-throw lanes were the most obvious signs that Nebraska’s postseason games will have a different look.
Four experimental rules will be in place for the tournament, a way for the NCAA to conduct a real-life experiment on how the modifications may affect the college game.
Three of the changes are back from last season.
* The three-point line will be extended to 22 feet, 1¾ inches, which is the same distance used by FIBA for international competition. That’s about 1 foot, 8 inches longer than the normal men’s collegiate three-point line.
* The free-throw lane will also conform with FIBA standards, widening from 12 to 16 feet.
* On offensive rebounds, the shot clock will reset to 20 seconds instead of the full 30 seconds.
The fourth rule, new this season, replaces the 10-minute quarters system the NIT tried last season: team fouls will reset at the 10-minute mark of each half, and one-and-ones will be eliminated. Teams will shoot two free throws on every foul after the fifth team foul of each 10-minute segment.
Additionally, teams will be awarded two bonus free throws after the second team foul committed under two minutes remaining in each half if that foul occurs before the fifth team foul of the segment.
If a game goes to overtime, in each overtime period, team fouls will reset, and teams will shoot two free throws beginning with the fourth team foul or the second team foul committed under two minutes remaining if that comes before the fourth team foul of the overtime period.
At the end of the day, it’s still basketball. Just score more than the other guys, and you’ll win. But if things look a bit different Wednesday night, that’s why.