The Utah Utes, who were left out of the NCAA Tournament as a low-level bubble team, are headed to the NIT as a No. 2 seed.
— Utah Basketball (@UtahMBB) March 12, 2018
The Utes finished the season 19-11 overall and 11-7 in Pac-12 play. They’ll host UC Davis in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday at 8 p.m. PT.
Utah is one of five teams to make the NIT from the Pac-12.
Pac-12 teams in NIT
– USC, 1-seed, hosts UNC Asheville
– Utah, 2-seed, hosts UC Davis
– Oregon, 3-seed, hosts Rider
– Stanford, 3-seed, hosts BYU
– Washington, 5-seed, hosts Boise State#Pac12Hoops
— SportsPac12 (@SportsPac12) March 12, 2018
The NIT will also feature some experimental rule changes.
• The 3-point line will be extended by approximately 1 foot 8 inches to the same distance used by FIBA for international competition (22 feet 1.75 inches).
• The free throw lane will be widened from 12 feet to 16 feet, consistent with the width used by the NBA.
• The games will be divided into four 10-minute quarters as opposed to two 20-minute halves. Teams will shoot two free throws beginning with the fifth foul of each quarter.
• The shot clock will reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound instead of the full 30 seconds.