NCAA 3-point line moving back to international distance

NCAA men’s basketball players will need a little more distance on their 3-point shots beginning next season.

The organization announced on Wednesday it has approved a proposal to move the 3-point line back from 20 feet, 9 inches to the international distance of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches. The rule will take effect beginning this season in Division I and in the 2020-21 season for Divisions II and III.

The men’s basketball rules committee had proposed the change last month, citing three primary reasons for extending the 3-point 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 offensive spacing by requiring the defense to cover more of the court.

“After gathering information over the last two seasons, we feel it’s time to make the change,” said Colorado coach Tad Boyle, chairman of the rules committee. “Freedom of movement in the game remains important, and we feel this will open up the game. We believe this will remove some of the congestion on the way to the basket.”

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