The National Invitation Tournament, that annual extravaganza of irrelevance, kicks off Tuesday night. But this year, there just might be reason to watch, at least for a little while.

The NCAA will experiment with two new rules during the NIT, a 30-second shot clock to speed up the game and an expanded restricted area under the basket to cut down on collisions in the paint. After the tournament, the NCAA will survey the coaches involved to see how they viewed the rule changes in action, and the NCAA rules committee will meet May 13-15 to further discuss the changes.

College basketball has used a 35-second shot clock since the 1993-94 season. But scoring has decreased to near-record lows for the last couple of years — falling to a six-decade low of 67.5 points per game in 2013-14 — prompting the NCAA to consider the shot-clock change.

Alabama interim coach John Brannen, whose team faces Illinois on Tuesday night, doesn’t think the changes will have much of an effect on his team.

“When’s the last time we had a 35 second shot clock in practice?” he told while looking at Crimson Tide senior Levi Randolph. “We don’t do it. So from a standpoint of preparation there, it’s the same as we’ve always done it. We’re going to prepare as we’ve always done it, and that’s the important thing. And these guys understand that. That’s the vision that our staff has communicated to them and that’ll begin this afternoon.”

Colorado Coach Tad Boyle expressed his concern with the shot-clock change in an Arizona Republic story from February:

He said reducing the clock would lead to more possessions, but it would not guarantee greater efficiency. Plus, he said: “I think the great thing about college basketball is the parity. When you increase possessions … I think the advantage goes to the bigger school and the more talented programs.”