NCAA refers to National Collegiate Athletic Association. NCAA Basketball is hugely popular across the US.
The Basketball teams in the NCAA are divided into three divisions such as Division I, Division II and Division III. There are 346 schools in 32 Division I basketball conference.
There are also four independent Division I schools that don’t have any affiliation to the conferences. The Division II consists of 22 Division II basketball teams and 22 independent Division schools without affiliation to the conference. In the Division III there is a 61-team single elimination tournament.
• Playoffs and Finals of NCAA Basketball
The NCAA playoffs take place in the month of March and continue until the first week of April. The period in which the playoffs take place is known as the ‘March Madness’. As many as 65 teams participate in the single elimination tournament. The finals of the NCAA Basketball refer to the final four in which there are four teams which remain in the playoff tournament. These four teams are considered to be the champions of the tournament.
• Game regulations of NCAA basketball
As per the NCAA rules, all the basketball courts should be of 94 feet in length and a 50 feet by width. The baskets or the goals and hoops must be set at a distance of 10 feet above the playing floor. Majority of the rules are the same as the NBA rules.
• Eligibility of Athletes
As far as recruitment of the athletes is concerned, NCAA has set some specific requirements that range from amateurism to academics. In order to play, the NCAA athletes have to meet certain academic requirements.
Each game in the NCAA basketball is of two 20-minute halves. In case there is tie then there is an extra time of five minutes is granted until one of the playing team wins. A team has to shoot in 35 seconds and has to reach the ball up to the rim or else the ball is turned to the other team.
• Additional In-game rules
Every player is allowed to have four fouls apiece. If a player commits more fouls than this stipulated level, he is disqualified from the game.
The NCAA does everything that is in its control to make the sport more competitive among the colleges and this is main reason why there are plenty of rules and regulations. The NCAA takes a strict action against the college which violates its infraction.