How Long Is a College Basketball Game?

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Southern California guard Oziyah Sellers (4) shoots against Kansas State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, in Las Vegas.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Nov 30, 2023, 12:05 PM
  • Men's college basketball games are 40 minutes long.
  • Contests are split into two 20-minute halves.

College basketball games have 40 minutes of playing time, split into two 20-minute halves. The average college basketball game runs for about two hours, though time can vary based on timeouts, video reviews, fouls, and overtime.

How Many Timeouts Are in College Basketball?

Each team has four timeouts – one 60-second timeout and three 30-second timeouts – for regulation. If the game is televised, there are eight TV timeouts, four in each half.

Two of a team’s three 30-second timeouts may be carried over from the first to the second half. The 60-second timeout is automatically carried over to the second half if not used in the first half.

Each team receives one 30-second timeout per overtime period. They can also carry over any unused timeouts from regulation into any overtime period.

When Are TV Timeouts in College Basketball?

The TV timeouts occur at the first dead ball after each half’s 16-minute, 12-minute, 8-minute, and 4-minute marks.

If a team timeout is called within 30 seconds before any scheduled TV timeout, it becomes the TV timeout. The same applies to a video review within 30 seconds of a TV timeout.

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.