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NCAA To Extend Men’s Basketball 3-Point Line Beginning Next Season

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the extension of the three-point line for men’s basketball to the international distance of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches.

The rule will be effective for the 2019-20 season in Division I.

In the NBA, their three-point distance is 22 feet in the corners and 23.75 feet at the top of the arc.

The committee stated that the reasons behind the move is the following:

  • To make the lane more available for dribble drive plays from the perimeter
  • Slowing the trend of the three-point shot becoming too prevalent in men’s college basketball by making the shot more challenging, while at the same time keeping the shot an integral part of the game.
  • Assisting in offensive spacing by requiring the defense to cover more of the court.

Other rule changes include resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds after a field goal attempt hits the rim and the offensive team rebounds the ball in the front court.