NCAA committee proposes moving 3-point line to international distance
INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee is proposing moving the 3-point line to the international distance and resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds following offensive rebounds.
Both rules could take effect next season in Division I. College basketball’s other two divisions would wait until 2020-21 to move the 3-point line because of the cost.
The Playing Rules Oversight Panel will vote on the recommendations June 5.
Rules committee members made their proposals after receiving feedback from coaches who competed in the NIT each of the past two years, which used the international line on an experimental basis.
The international 3-point distance is 22 feet, 1.75 inches, a little more than a foot back from the current college line.
“Freedom of movement in the game remains important, and we feel this will open up the game,” said Colorado coach Tad Boyle, the committee’s chairman. “We believe this will remove some of the congestion on the way to the basket.”
The line moved out a foot to 20 feet, 9 inches before the 2008-09 season. The NCAA said 3-point percentage dipped from 35.2% in 2007-08 to 34.4% in 2008-09 with that change, though it eventually climbed back to 35.2% in Division I by the 2017-18 season.
The proposal for the shot-clock change was designed to improve the pace of the game. According to the NCAA, the committee believes the full 30-second clock isn’t needed when the offensive team securing the rebound already is in the frontcourt.
As with the current rule, the clock reset would take place only when a shot has hit the rim.
The committee also proposed:
— Assessing Flagrant 2 fouls, which include ejections, if derogatory epithets are used.
— Allowing coaches to call live-ball timeouts during the final two minutes of regulation or overtime.
— Expanding replay reviews to include basket interference or goaltending calls in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime.