Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Moving 3-point line back 1 of 4 rule changes adopted by NCAA for 2019-20 season

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11) celebrates sinking a 3-point basket in front of TCU forward Kouat Noi (12) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11) celebrates sinking a 3-point basket in front of TCU forward Kouat Noi (12) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.


College basketball is going international.

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 international distance of 22 feet, 1.75 inches.

The new distance, which replaces the old line which sat at 20 feet, 9 inches, will be effective for the 2019-20 season for all Division I programs.

Because of the cost associated with putting new lines on the courts, Division II and III programs will adopt the new distance in time for the 2020-21 season.

The change, which was first recommended by the Men’s Basketball Rules Committee, comes after considerable research and favorable feedback from coaches whose teams played in the 2018 and 2019 National Invitational Tournament, where the international distance was used on an experimental basis.

According to a release from the NCAA, the rules committee cited the following rationale for extending the 3-point line:

• It makes the lane more available for dribble/drive plays from the perimeter.

• It could slow down the trend of the 3-point shot become too prevalent in the men’s college basketball game.

• It will create better offensive spacing by requiring defenders to cover more of the court.

The move marks the second such adjustment in the college game since the 2008-09 season, when the line moved back from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20 feet, 9 inches.

According to the NCAA’s release, after that change, the national average dipped from 35.2% in 2007-08 to 34.4% in 2008-09. But as players and coaches have worked more on emphasizing the 3-point shot at all levels of basketball, the national averaged climbed all the way back up to 35.2% in the 2017-18 season.

That season, which ended with KU reaching the Final Four behind the firepower of four lights-out 3-point shooters, marked the third consecutive season in which KU set a school record for made 3-pointers.

KU’s record-setting run began in 2015-16, when the first team to crack the 300 mark in school history made 304 triples during its run to the Elite Eight. It continued the following year, when Devonte’ Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk, Frank Mason and Josh Jackson teamed to break that record by knocking in 318 3-pointers during their run to the Elite Eight.

And both marks were shattered in 2017-18, when Graham and Mykhailiuk became the first KU teammates to each make 100 3-pointers in a season, joining Malik Newman and Lagerald Vick in making 391 3-pointers to help the Jayhawks get back to the Final Four for the first time since 2012.

Last season, with seven newcomers and more than a little roster instability, the Jayhawks made just 260 3-pointers on 35% shooting.

More than 70% of those 3-point makes (188) came from players who are no longer with the program, and the Jayhawks again enter the 2019-20 season with 3-point shooting as one of the top questions for a program that figures to be ranked in the preseason Top 10.

Sophomore guards Devon Dotson (33 of 91) and Ochai Agbaji (23 of 75) are KU’s top two returning 3-point shooters from the 2018-19 team.

Asked before the start of last season if he was concerned about where the 3-point makes would come from, KU coach Bill Self said the team’s offensive philosophy and style of play would lead to plenty of good looks from behind the arc.

“No matter who you have out there, you’re going to make at least 200 or 250,” Self said a year ago. “So I don't worry about those kind of numbers.”

The Oversight Panel also adopted three other proposed rule changes on Wednesday:

• Resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds (instead of 30) after an offensive rebound that follows a shot that hits the rim.

• Putting in place the ability for officials to assess a technical foul to players who use derogatory language about an opponent’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identify, sexual orientation or disability.

• Allowing coaches to call live-ball timeouts in the final two minutes of the second half and any overtime periods. Coaches previously were prohibited from calling any live-ball timeouts during a game.


Tony Bandle 3 years, 6 months ago

Random Thoughts:

1] The refs couldn't call a technical for racial, ethnic, gender, etc. slurs!!?? Yeah, I sure think that's an oversight that needed to be corrected.

2] They should have made it clear that this was after an offensive rebound that touched the rim.....with our team this coming season, I am not sure I like this change. If nothing else, offensive rebounding should be a Jayhawk team strength.

3] Coach-called live ball time outs seems reasonable at crunch time and OT's.

4] And finally, the extended three point line....if my math is correct [no guarantees], a 17" increase in shooting distance is a pretty darn significant change, Maybe this will help us, since we currently don't have much overall three point fire power, because it could more adversely hit our opponents who rely on it more.

Daniel Parker 3 years, 6 months ago

If they were going to adopt a new 3 point line...(is it 22' 1 3/4" all the way around?) why waste the time of going to the international distance and just move it to the NBA distance (22' in the corners to 23' 9" at the top of the arc) they're going to at some point anyway.

Joe Black 3 years, 6 months ago

I agree. Just go to the NBA three point line and be done with it.

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

What evidence is there that this is inevitable? There's still many differences between the college and pro game.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 6 months ago

Does this change on the 3-point line apply to the women's game as well? Just curious if we are going to have a double 3-point line on the court like we did for a few years after we won the 2008 title, one for the men and one for the women...

Dane Pratt 3 years, 6 months ago

I'd like to see the possession arrow eliminated in the last one or two minutes of regulation. Make a jump ball an actual jump ball.

Joe Black 3 years, 6 months ago

No way do you want a poor toss by the referee to determine a game down the stretch. Keep the alternate possession arrow. It is the only fair way to handle it.

Jeremy Wilhelm 3 years, 6 months ago

I think the idea that you can make a great defensive play and get a tie-up, and your reward for that is the other team might just get to take an inbounds, is one of the worst NCAA rules. Even with a bad toss, the player has to tip the ball to his own team and with 8 players alternating around the circle, that's no guarantee.

Jesse Johnson 3 years, 6 months ago

Yeah but what about scenarios where your 6'1" PG got tied up with their 7' center on the rebound? That's never going to be fair if it's a jump ball, no matter the toss from the referee.

Len Shaffer 3 years, 6 months ago

I think the way you handle that is that if the defense ties up the ball, they get the ball. It should be up to the offense to keep the defense from tying it up.

If it's a loose ball, then I say stick with the alternating possession.

Jonathan Allison 3 years, 6 months ago

I personally have never subscribed to the idea that having a jump ball is better than or worse than having the alternating possession rule. I think that the argument that it doesn't reward a good defensive possession is a weak argument for several reasons. The reward for a good defensive possession is always the same... the offensive team doesn't score. If the alternating possession rule then gives the ball back to the offense, then you just have to play good defense again.

Also, the same could be said for a defensive deflection out of bounds. The defender makes a good play by tipping a pass out of bounds and then the offense retains possession. It's just the rules of the game.

Also, not every "dual possession" play is the result of a superior defensive effort. It's simply a dual possession, for example a rebound could be controlled by two players on opposite teams resulting in a dual possession. This could be the result of a superior effort by either team, or neither team.

So while I'm not against having a jump ball for every dual possession whistle, I'm not necessarily for it either. A jump ball could favor one team over the other team. For example if Kansas is playing against a team that lacks size at every position, then Kansas will win most of the jump balls. Wouldn't that be rewarding Kansas with a favorable jump ball, even if the other team made a superior defensive play to force a tie-up?

I get the point that Basketball is an athletic sporting event, and the argument that you should let the players make an athletic play to control the possession for their team. That's probably the strongest case to be made for having a jump ball rather than an alternating possession rule. But in most cases, dual-possession and tie-ups are not a big enough factor in games for me to be bothered by the current rule... which has been the rule that every amateur league in America to my knowledge has used for longer than I can remember.

Brian Wilson 3 years, 6 months ago

Making a great defensive play is more athletic than just be taller than the other team. Also, making a great defensive play rewards your team with either the possession or the possession arrow changing in your direction. To say that making the play just gives the ball back to the other side without a reward is just not true. Play great defense twice in a row and the reward is your team gets the ball.

They should just change it to the NBA three. College players are grown ups and they should play at professional distances without little league adjustments.

KU better learn to step out and guard their opponent.

Jonathan Allison 3 years, 6 months ago

Re: the 3 point line.

I would move all HS, collegiate, womens, mens etc to the international distance. But let the NBA put theirs wherever they want it. for all I care they can move it back to 25 ft, or even add a 4 pt shot... but all HS, collegiate, etc should play with one distance.

Scott Proch 3 years, 6 months ago

Gee, HCBS has the best front line he's had in years and the 3-point line is being moved...

Barry Weiss 3 years, 6 months ago

well, this should help given we are not heavy on 3 point bombers. With our bigs, going back to a more traditional offense will pay dividends. Not sure I like Coach's being able to call time outs under two minutes. Our players are typically well coached and this one does not bite us, but other teams may be helped by this.

Titus Canby 3 years, 6 months ago

The last 2 minutes of games are WAY too long already. I hate the new rule that will add to the length of time it takes to finish a game.

I agree with Daniel Parker and Joe Black. Let's just move the 3-point line to NBA distance and be done with it.

They should reward offensive rebounding by lengthening the time of possession rather than shortening it. Make them play defense. The shorter the clock, the more it favors defense because they don't have to work as hard.

As for the technical foul rule, how are they going to define disability? "Hey fatso!" Is that a technical foul?

Len Shaffer 3 years, 6 months ago

The new timeout rule will have no effect whatsoever on the lengths of games.

They're not adding timeouts, just giving someone else an opportunity to call them.

Tony Bandle 3 years, 6 months ago

Proposed rule change #5 :

Every time Duke Coach "Rat Face" K whines to the refs, it's an automatic technical foul.

Proposed rule change #6:

Keep the 1 and 1 for team fouls 7 thru 9, make the team fouls from 10 thru 14 2 shots and any team foul over 14 make it a three shot foul. Maybe that would curtail the "hack-o-thon" we seem to get at the end of every game.

Ryan Zimmerman 3 years, 6 months ago

This is going to help Charlie Moore ... no arc, all push/power Take Depaul to the big dance in 2020-2021 for the first time in 15 years

Joe Joseph 3 years, 6 months ago

There's an easy fix to the drollness that is much of college basketball:

  • Reduce shot clock to 24 seconds

  • Institute a defensive 3-seconds rule (screw you Boeheim)

  • Play four quarters and get rid of media timeouts

And while we're at it... technical fouls should result in only one free throw. No change of possession.

Brian Skelly 3 years, 6 months ago

Getting closer to the International Game would be of huge benefit. The NCAA is behind the times both in the administrative offices and on the floor. Switching to 4 10 minute quarters would be beneficial as well. It partitions TV breaks better, you could go to 4 or 5 fouls per quarter to bonus, and give coaches flexibility on time outs (or not).

Agree with the concept to some degree of going full NBA on the 3pt line, but the International Line is a must. When International Basketball has passed the NCAA -- and it has for about 10 years now -- this sorta thing was a must. It's still not enough.

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