There are two clocks in basketball you should know:
The game clock and play clock are used to keep track of all time in a game.
In NCAA basketball, the game clock lasts 20 minutes. There are 2 halves which are each 20 minutes.
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There a limit to how long a team can hold the ball. The shot clock keeps track of each possession. The shot clock resets when a basket is made, or any time the ball touches the hoop. In the NBA, the shot clock lasts 24 seconds. In NCAA basketball, the shot clock lasts 30 seconds.
If a team doesn't hit the rim by the time the shot clock runs out, they commit a shot clock violation. As a result, the play will be stopped and the ball will be given to the opposing team to inbound. Similar to the game clock, a successful shot will count as long as the ball leaves the hands of the shooter before the clock reaches zero.
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Is it possible to stop the game clock or shot clock? With a timeout, teams can stop the clock from ticking, but only temporarily. Players can only call a timeout when they have the ball, or there is a dead ball. If a player calls for a timeout when their team is out of timeouts, there will be a technical foul called.
Here are some glossary terms related to the rules of the clocks in basketball.