How Long Are College Basketball Games?

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Jul 25, 2022, 11:39 AM

For decades, college basketball games have provided some of the most incredible moments in sports history.

From Kris Jenkins’ title-winning shot and the six-overtime Syracuse-UConn game to the biggest March Madness betting upsets and the explosion of college basketball betting. And while the sport has changed in recent years with the expansion of the NCAA Tournament, NIL rules, transfer portal, and more, college basketball games still sit among the highest levels of sports entertainment.

How Long Are College Basketball Games?

Men’s college basketball games are 40 minutes long with two 20-minute halves.

From 1951-54, games were played with four quarters, and while there have been brief periods of experimentation with four 10-minute quarters in exhibition games, the two-half format has remained for the last 70 years.

If a game is tied after the two 20-minute halves, a five-minute overtime will be played.

How Long Are Women’s College Basketball Games?

Women’s games are also 40 minutes but are divided into four ten-minute quarters. There has been some talk within the men’s side of moving to quarters, but there are currently no plans to do so at this time.

When Are College Basketball TV Timeouts?

There are eight TV timeouts in all college basketball games broadcasted on TV.

Those timeouts, i.e., commercial breaks, take place approximately every four minutes. The initial break comes at the first whistle under 16 minutes, then 12 minutes, and so on. A college basketball game will take roughly two hours to complete in real-time.

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