How Many Quarters Are There in College Basketball?

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Women's college basketball has four quarters, whereas men's college basketball plays 20-minute halves.
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BetMGM @BETMGM Jan 25, 2023, 2:17 PM
  • Men’s college basketball is divided into two, 20-minute halves.
  • Women’s college basketball is divided into four, 10-minute quarters.
  • Other levels of basketball play quarters of various lengths.

With February on the horizon, the best eight weeks of the college basketball betting season are right around the corner. 

Tight conference races, win-or-go-home conference tournaments and March Madness are all coming soon.

For casual fans, that means now is a good time to brush up on some of the basics.

How Many Quarters Are There In College Basketball?

The answer here depends on whether or not you’re talking about men’s or women’s college basketball.  

Women’s college basketball plays true four-quarter basketball, with each period lasting 10 minutes; men’s college basketball has two 20-minute halves instead of the traditional quarters setup.

Timing in Other Levels of Basketball Beyond College

Most college basketball levels outside of college – including high school leagues and the NBA – play quarters. The difference is generally in how long those quarters actually last.

For most high schools, quarters last eight minutes, or two minutes shorter than the college game. 

For the NBA, quarters last 12 minutes, or two minutes longer than the college game.

How Long Does a College Basketball Game Last?

Regardless of whether it’s two, 20-minute halves or four, 10-minute quarters, a college basketball game usually runs about two hours of real time.

How To Bet on College Basketball Futures

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After the national champion is crowned each April, the online sportsbook immediately releases odds for next year’s champion. And over the next six months before the season starts again, additional futures become available, including conference champion odds and awards.

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