NCAA to consider proposal to move back 3-point line
Field Level Mediaon
A proposal has been submitted to the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee that suggests moving the 3-point line to the international distance of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches.
The Playing Rules Oversight Panel will consider the proposal at a June 5 meeting. If approved, the current distance of 20.75 feet would be eliminated immediately at the Division I level. The Division II and II levels would have until 2020 to change to the longer distance.
The international 3-point line distance was used at the 2018 and 2019 NIT Tournament.
The rational for moving back the 3-point line, according to the NCAA, would be to help unclog the lane for players driving to the basket, slowing the prevalent nature of the 3-point shot and assistance in offensive spacing.
"After gathering information over the last two seasons, we feel it's time to make the change," committee chair and Colorado coach Tad Boyle said in a statement. "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."
While teams averaged slightly more shots per game from behind the 3-point line in the 2019 NIT Tournament, the field goal percentage of 33 percent was down slightly from the 35.2 percent from the regular season.
The 3-point line was moved to its current distance after the 2008-09 season. In that time, 3-point field goal percentage increased from 34.4 percent in 2008-09 to the 35.2-percent mark of last season, matching what it was in 2007-08 before the line was last moved.