The 3-point line in Division I college basketball is moving back to the distance used in international competition, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
The line will now be 22 feet, 1.75 inches from the center of the basket. It was previously at 20 feet, 9 inches. For comparison, the NBA distance is 23 feet, 9 inches.
The change will go into effect for the 2019-20 season. Divisions II and III will adopt the new distance in 2020-21.
The men's basketball rules committee recommended the change after receiving feedback from teams who competed in the 2018 and 2019 NIT, where the new 3-point distance was used on an experimental basis. Both Nebraska and Creighton played in the NIT last season.
In explaining the rationale behind the new distance, the committee cited several reasons: making the lane more available for drives from the perimeter, slowing the trend of 3-point shooting by making it more challenging, and assisting in offensive spacing by requiring the defense to cover more court.
The NCAA also announced several other rule changes Wednesday:
» The shot clock will now reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound. This was also an experimental rule in the 2019 NIT.
» Coaches will be allowed to call live-ball timeouts in the last two minutes of the second half and overtime.
» Players will be assessed a technical foul for using derogatory language about an opponent’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
» A replay review can be conducted if a basket interference or goaltending call is made in the last two minutes of the second half or overtime.