How many times did you foul in college basketball before you fouled?

How many fouls are there in a college basketball game before a player fouls? The answer is slightly different from the NBA.

So you’re watching March Madness and wondering why your favorite big man gets fouled when he makes his fifth foul.

It’s not six?

Fans who often watch NBA games may be familiar with the six-fault rule, but that’s not how it works in the college game.

How many mistakes do you make in college basketball?

In the NCAA basketball world, a player fouled after fouling five times.

Does that mean the rules are harder for college players? Incorrect. does a good job explaining the reasoning behind the different NCAA and NBA rules:

NBA plays 48 minutes – 4 x 12 minute quarters.

NCAA play 40 minutes – 2 rounds x 20 minutes.

NBA – 48/8 = 6 or in other words 48 minutes divided by 8 equals 6 fouls.

NCAA 40/8 = 5 or in other words 40 minutes divided by 8 equals 5 fouls.

Both leagues have a foul on you every 8 minutes of the game.

So you have it. The rules are really consistent between the two leagues. Their time structure only made NBA players foul more because they played eight minutes more.

However, there is no overtime extension in each situation. If you foul the fifth in extra time, you’re in luck.

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John Verrall

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