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Basketball is one of the most popular sports in this country, but many fans of the game only like either professional or college basketball, not both.

How can one not be a fan of both if it is the same game? The answer is that the difference between college and pro basketball are so great that they are not the same game at all.

An NBA game consists of four 12-minute quarters, while a college game consists of two 20-minute halves. After a team commits five fouls in one NBA quarter, the opposition is in "the bonus". While in the college game, seven team fouls puts the opposition in the "one-and-one bonus" and ten team fouls puts the opposition in the "double bonus".

These are some significant differences, but they really don't have much of an effect on how the game is played. The one difference that does, however, is that zone defense is only allowed in college basketball. This completely changes the style of play between the two. In college, if the opposing team has a dominant center, a good zone defense can slow him down significantly. If an opposing NBA team has a dominant center, you must either take your chances guarding him one on one or come with a quick double team. If an NBA team is caught playing illegal defense (a zone) more than once in a game is its assessed a technical foul.