NIT to experiment with rules changes

Indianapolis, IN ( - The 2015 National Invitation Tournament will be played under experimental rules designed to increase scoring and add player safety.

Each game in the tournament will be played with a 30-second shot clock and a four-foot restricted arc in the paint.

NCAA rules currently feature a 35-second shot clock, in place since the 1993-94 season, and a three-foot restricted arc that has been used since 2011-12.

The NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee will collect the information from the NIT games and hope to have initial findings by the 2015 NCAA Tournament Final Four.

"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 University 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."

Each of the coaches participating in the NIT will be asked to give their input to help the committee in its evaluation.