NCAA proposal would move three-point line back in men’s college basketball

The three-point line in college basketball looks to be on the move.

The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee has proposed moving the line to the international distance of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches.

If approved by the Playing Rules oversight Panel on June 4, the rule would go into effect next season in Division I. The target date for Divisions II and III is the 2020-21 season.

The current three-point distance is 20 feet, 9 inches.

“After gathering information over the last two seasons, we feel it’s time to make the change,” said Tad Boyle, Colorado’s coach and the committee’s chairman.

Last season’s NIT, won by Texas, was played with the three-point line at the international distance. Teams averaged 23.1 three-point attempts from behind the arc, compared to 22.8 attempts during the regular season.

NIT teams made 33 percent of their threes. College basketball’s regular-season average in 2018-19 was 35.2 percent.

Making the shot more challenging and creating space in the lane for more dribble/drive plays from the perimeter also were cited as reasons for the proposed change.

“Freedom of movement in the game remains important, and we feel this will open up the game,” said Boyle, who played at Kansas from 1981-85. “We believe this will remove some of the congestion on the way to the basket.”

The change in distance would be the first in a decade. The line was moved from 19 feet, 9 inches to its current distance before the 2008-09 season.

Another rule change proposal involves the shot clock. It would reset to 20 seconds after a field goal attempt hits the rim and the offensive team rebounds the ball in the frontcourt. Currently, a missed shot and offensive rebound reset the clock to a full 30 seconds.

Other recommendations:

  • Players would be assessed a Flagrant 2 technical foul and ejected for using derogatory language about an opponent’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
  • Coaches would 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. Currently, coaches aren’t allowed to call any live-ball timeouts during the game.
  • During 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.