The men’s NCAA national championship between Texas Tech and Virginia will be played on Monday night, and if the game is close at the end of regulation, it will have a lot of people wondering:

Hey, what exactly are the overtime rules in college basketball?

First off, the length. College basketball OT lasts for five minutes, unless the game is still tied, in which case it goes on for another five minutes.

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This keeps going on until the end of one of these five-minute periods until such time that one team has the lead.

The rules of the game are the same in college basketball overtime, with no special quirks.

The only difference between regulation is that each team is granted one 75-second timeout, plus can keep using whatever timeouts they didn’t use during regulation.

Also, teams will continue shooting on the basket they were shooting on in the second half.

That’s it. You’ve now got the rules to college basketball OT.


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