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Fox, UGA Get Belmont in NIT

ATHENS - Georgia will host Belmont in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed in Region One. Syracuse is the No. 1 seed in that region, but the interesting matchup for the Bulldogs would come in the second round. That game comes against the winner of the Georgia Tech-Indiana game, which is taking place in Atlanta even though the Yellow Jackets are the lower seed. ESPN announced that UGA's game with Belmont will tip off at 7 PM. 

Belmont, 22-6, enters the game after losing only one regular-season conference game. The Bruins got the invitation to the NIT as a result of winning the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title earlier this year. Belmont's best win of the season is over Jacksonville State, which ended the year with a No. 150 RPI ranking and defeated Belmont to win the OVC conference title and the automatic berth into the NCAAs. Belmont lost to the four teams - Florida, Middle Tennessee State, Vanderbilt and Rhode Island - it played that finished with Top 50 RPIs.

The Bulldogs will also be a part of an experiment by the NCAA in regards to resetting team fouls after the ten-minute mark of each half - essentially ending the one-and-one free throw situation that currently happens on the 7th team foul.

According to the NCAA:

 Each team is limited to a team total of four personal and technical fouls (excluding administrative technical fouls) during each 10-minute segment of each half.

 The first 10-minute segment of each half will begin when the ball becomes live to begin the half and will end when the game clock reads 10:00. The second segment will begin when the game clock reads 9:59 and ends when the half ends.

 When a team has reached the four-foul limitation, all subsequent personal and technical fouls (excluding administrative technical fouls) will be penalized by two free throw attempts.

 Each team’s foul total will reset to zero when any 10-minute segment has ended.

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