team foul

noun

: one of a designated number of personal fouls the players on a basketball team may commit during a given period of play before the opposing team begins receiving bonus free throws

Examples of team foul in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Teams will reach the bonus when their opponent commits five fouls in each quarter and team fouls will reset at the end of each quarter. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2023 Previously, teams shot one-and-one the seventh, eighth and nine team fouls (non-shooting) of each half before getting two shots on the 10th foul of the half. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 15 May 2023 Instead, a foul after reaching the bonus leads to a two-shot foul and begins after the fifth team foul in each quarter, and the number of team fouls is reset at the end of each quarter, much like women's college basketball games. Henry Apple, Arkansas Online, 30 June 2023 In addition to awarding two free throws for all common fouls, teams will reach the bonus when their opponent commits five fouls in each quarter and team fouls will reset at the end of each quarter, just like in the NBA and in women’s college basketball. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 17 May 2023 Men’s college basketball has the one-and-one bonus at the seventh team foul of each half and two shots at the 10th foul and beyond. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 15 May 2023 One thing working in Xavier's advantage: Texas has five team fouls already in the second half. Disaster for Xavier | Texas 42, Xavier 25, HALF The Longhorns banked in a long 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 25 Mar. 2023 DePaul already has four team fouls in the second half. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 10 Mar. 2023 The Bears only had two team fouls. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 3 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of team foul was in 1966

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“Team foul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/team%20foul. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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