NCAA committee proposes moving 3-point line to international distance

Ohio State's Duane Washington Jr. shoots over Cincinnati's Rashawn Fredericks right during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Wednesday Nov. 7 2018 in Cincinnati

NCAA committee proposes moving 3-point line to international distance

The rule would move the line back from 20 feet, 9 inches feet to 22-1¾, the same measurement used in global play and in the WNBA.

Committee members proposed the rules change after receiving positive feedback from the annual rules survey and from coaches whose teams competed in the 2018 and 2019 National Invitation Tournament, where the global 3-point distance was used on an experimental basis. Extending the arc from 20 feet, 9 inches to the global basketball distance of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches would, in theory, open up driving lanes and create better spacing.

The goal of this will be to slow down the trend of three-point shots taken in the college game.

"After gathering information over the last two seasons, we feel it's time to make the change", committee chair and Colorado coach Tad Boyle said in a press release.

The Playing Rules Oversight Panel is set to decide on the recommendations on June 5. The NCAA women's line moved back a foot to that distance for the 2011-12 season. The NCAA said the 3-point percentage dipped from 35.2% in 2007-08 to 34.4% in 2008-09 with that change, though it eventually climbed back to 35.2% in Division I by the 2017-18 season.

The NCAA men's basketball rules committee recommended a rule change that would make the college basketball three-point line standard with the worldwide three-point line at 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches. "We believe this will remove some of the congestion on the way to the basket". The 3-point shooting percentage of teams in the 2019 NIT was 33%, compared with their regular season average of 35.2%.

- Assessing Flagrant 2 fouls, which include ejections, if derogatory epithets are used.

The committee recommended allowing coaches to call live-ball timeouts in the last two-minutes of the second half and the last two minutes of any overtime periods.

In addition to the 3-point proposal, by far the biggest potential shift (which could be put into place as soon as the 2020-2021 season), the committee is also recommending a new shot clock reset "to enhance the pace of the game".

Finally, the committee recommends that, during the final two minutes of the second half or any overtime, instant-replay review may get conducted if a basket interference or goaltending call is made.

- Resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds following offensive rebounds.

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