When Louisiana and LSU square off in the first round of the NIT Wednesday, fans are going to notice some changes.

There are four rules changes for the tournament, which we may see as part of college basketball in the future.

Instead of two 20 minute halves, the teams will play four 10 minute quarters.

The three point line will be pushed back approximately 1.8 inches to correspond with the FIBA three point distance of 22 feet, 1.75 inches.

The free throw lane will be widened from 12 feet to 16 feet, the same as the NBA.

And, on an offensive rebound, the shot clock will set to 20 seconds instead of the normal 30 seconds.

In the past, the NIT experimented with the 30 second shot clock and the restricted area arc near the basket.  Those later became used in all of college basketball.

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