How Many Fouls Can You Get In College Basketball?

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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Oct 02, 2023, 10:56 PM

College basketball players foul out of a game after five fouls. After a fifth foul, players are ineligible to play for the remainder of the game. That includes any overtime periods that may be played.

In college, personal fouls include common fouls, moving screens & offensive fouls, flagrant fouls, and – unlike the NBA – technical fouls.

Because the college game is shorter than the NBA, college basketball players are disqualified after a fewer number of fouls. In the NBA, players are given six fouls before disqualification.

Needless to say, college basketball games can often hinge on foul calls and player availability. That’s even more true during March Madness, where defensive intensity is often cranked up higher than usual.

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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.