LOS ANGELES — USC will be something of a test subject in the National Invitational Tournament.

That is because NIT games this month will feature a variety of new experimental rules as part of an effort by the NCAA to increase the pace of games.

The changes include games divided into four 10-minute quarters instead of 20-minute halves, a free-throw lane widened from 12 feet to 16 feet to match the NBA and an extended 3-point arc to roughly 22 feet to mirror the same distance used by FIBA in international games. The shot clock will also reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound instead of the full 30 seconds.

“The style of play in men’s college basketball is healthy and appealing, but the leadership governing the game is interested in keeping the playing rules contemporary and trending favorably,” Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball, said in a statement announcing the rules last month. “Experimenting with two significant court dimension rules, a shot-clock reset rule and a game-format rule all have some level of support in the membership, so the NIT will provide the opportunity to gather invaluable data and measure the experience of the participants.”

The extension of the 3-point line could lower shooting percentages, but some analysts believe it might also allow for more spacing in the halfcourt, freeing players to drive toward the basket. Similarly, the widened lane could lead to less congestion around the rim. The NCAA’s news release noted the potential to “reduce physicality.”

USC, a No. 1 seed in the 32-team NIT bracket, hosts No. 8 seed UNC-Asheville on Tuesday night. The Galen Center court had already been reconfigured on Monday, with new white lines added to the hardwood.

Coach Andy Enfield on Monday was unsure of the rules’ potential effect.

It is the third time in the past four seasons that the NCAA men’s basketball rules committee has added experimental rule changes for the NIT.

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