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