It has been an idea college basketball has toyed with for years, but it’s going to be official for the 2019-20 season. Men’s Division I college basketball is moving the 3-point line to international distance.
For what it’s worth, this will also go into the effect for Division II and III men’s hoops, but they’re going to give them an extra year so programs at the lower levels can properly cut the courts.
With the NBA, as well as college hoops to a lesser degree, embracing new math, suggesting a shot from beyond the arc is far more valuable than a deeper mid-range jumper, this was an inevitability.
The 3-point line will now be set at 22 feet, 1¾ inches.
In theory, this rule change is being made to help with spacing. Also, to slow down the trend of the 3-point shot become as prominent as it has over the last handful of seasons.
The last time the line was moved it was from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20 feet, 9 inches. This is as significant a move, and should take some programs time to get used it.
Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how college basketball changes as a result.
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