Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Extended 3-point line among men's basketball rule changes

Extended 3-point line among men's basketball rule changes

Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a set of proposed rule changes including moving the college 3-point line back to the global distance of 22 feet, 1.75 inches.

In addition to moving the 3-point line, the committee approved a change to shot-clock resets: Teams regaining control through offensive rebounds will now have 20 seconds to shoot rather than the full 30 seconds.

The panel also approved resetting the shot clock at 20 seconds after a field-goal attempt hits the rim, and the offensive team rebounds the ball in the front court.

Division II and Division III teams also had all-time highs in 3-point field goals attempted and made last season.

The worldwide line has been tested in the postseason NIT over the last two seasons.

By contrast, Kentucky took and made the fewest three-point shots of any team in the SEC's 18 regular-season games: 289 shot, 106 made.

Per the feedback, pushing the line back will make the lane more available for penetrating off the dribble.

The current 3-point line is 20 feet, 9 inches; it was moved back from 19 feet, 9 inches prior to the 2008-09 season.

That sits between the former college line and the National Basketball Association line of 23 feet, 9 inches.

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Many teams in college basketball, including the Wildcats, will have to adjust on both sides of the floor with this new rule change.

Assisting in offensive spacing by requiring the defense to cover more of the court.

Auburn Coach Bruce Pearl, an unabashed proponent of the three-pointer, said last week that the longer distance will not inhibit his teams' use of the shot. Moving the 3-point line back was long needed.

Lastly, players will now be given technical fouls for derogatory language toward an opponent.

In addition, the shot will be more hard, slowing the growing trend of 3-pointers across the country.

According to the NCAA press release, "The change is being made to enhance the pace of the game." .

Also, coaches will be allowed to call live-ball timeouts in the last two minutes of the second half and the last two minutes of any overtime periods. Previously, only players could call a live timeout during the game.

Lastly, in the last two minutes of the second half or the last two minutes of any overtime, instant replay review can be conducted if a basket interference or goaltending call has been made.

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