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NCAA Basketball Overtime Rules

Playing Extra Periods

    Each overtime begins as the game begins, with a jump ball. However, the periods are otherwise considered an extension of the second half, and the teams don't change baskets. Each team acquires one additional 75-second timeout at the beginning of each overtime period. In games subject to the NCAA electronic-media agreement provisions calling for at least three media timeouts per half, the first timeout called during the extra period becomes an media timeout, and each team gains an additional 30-second timeout.

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