NCAA to move back 3-point line for 2019-20 basketball season
The 3-point shot is going to be a little more difficult at the college level.
On Wednesday, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved moving the 3-point line back to a distance of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches for the 2019-20 men’s basketball season. It’s the same distance as the international 3-point line.
During the NIT this past season, the NCAA experimented with the international distance. The rules committee received positive feedback regarding the change. From NCAA.com:
The committee cited the following rationale for extending the line:
- Making the lane more available for dribble/drive plays from the perimeter
- Slowing the trend of the 3-point shot becoming too prevalent in men’s college basketball by making the shot a bit more challenging, while at the same time keeping the shot an integral part of the game.
- Assisting in the offensive spacing by requiring the defense to cover more of the court.
College basketball’s current 3-point line was extended to 20 feet, 9 inches before the 2008-09 season.
In addition to the 3-point line extension, the rules committee also approved resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds after a team possesses an offensive rebound when the ball bounces off the rim. That rule was also used as an experiment during the NIT.