NCAA Committee extends men’s 3-point line to 20-9

Beginning with the 2008-09 season, assuming the measure is approved May 25 by the Playing Rules Oversight Committee, the line will move back a full foot to 20 feet, 9 inches. The committee chose, however, not to expand the size of the lane.

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70 Responses to NCAA Committee extends men’s 3-point line to 20-9

  1. Dan 05/03/2007 at 3:41 PM #

    This is fantastic. I’d be happier if it were moved to the NBA line. That shot is way too close. The ease of this shot has turned a full court game into that is too often played between the 3-pt lines.

    What is better is that this is only going to help a Sidney Lowe coached team.

    What’s needed now is an emphasis on eliminating hand-checking in order to further allow the offensive development of college players. That and the no-charge circle under the basket. Or as I call it “The Shane Battier Rule”.

  2. CedarGloveWulf 05/03/2007 at 3:46 PM #

    Did Dean Smith get this passed to punish the greatest offense of our generation?

  3. vtpackfan 05/03/2007 at 3:50 PM #

    Agree that it should help a coach like Lowe who puts a premium on running a offense through the post and looking for flex cuts inside the arc.

    To play devils advocate, this puts more of a premium on getting recruits in by ’08-’09 that can punish teams when they collaspe on the post players. It makes the kick out of a double team that much more an effective weapon when the floor is spread out and double downs have to come from further away. I’m seeing Noel Johnson, a ’09 SG who can shoot well from anywhere, becoming a top priority for this staff.

  4. redfred2 05/03/2007 at 3:52 PM #

    LOL Glove!!! That’s good work. You covered all of the bases in one short sentence.

  5. noah 05/03/2007 at 4:04 PM #

    Is 20-9 the equivalent to the “international” distance? or is that 21-9?

  6. packpigskinfan23 05/03/2007 at 4:28 PM #

    I bet skip bayless will still whine like a little baby that its not far enough

    what is the NBA line at?

  7. Cosmo96 05/03/2007 at 4:38 PM #

    Hearts all over Tempe, AZ just sank with this announcement.

  8. wufpack 05/03/2007 at 4:41 PM #

    I had thought the international line was ~22 feet. But after a quick search, it looks like it is 6.25 meters, which is 20’6.25″. So this will actually be a couple of inches longer than the international distance.

  9. wufpack 05/03/2007 at 4:42 PM #

    Looks like the NBA line is 22′ at its shortest point in the corner, so I guess that’s what I was thinking of.

  10. Texpack 05/03/2007 at 4:46 PM #

    We shall see if this is enough of a move. This was the first year that I really felt like outside shooting was more valuable than solid inside play. I also agree with the grabbing and hand checking comment above. When you make driving and cutting to the basket more difficult by allowing all of that crap, you encourage spot up jump shooting.

  11. beowolf 05/03/2007 at 4:48 PM #

    Two years ago this would have been a significant obstacle to the team’s success.

  12. Astral Rain2 05/03/2007 at 6:10 PM #

    It’s 3 inches longer then int’l distance.

    I don’t think this will have much of an effect really.

  13. redfred2 05/03/2007 at 6:58 PM #

    Now beowulf, was that really neccessary?

    But what if it went back even further than that??? That would mean…the (((MAGIC FIVE CONSECUTIVE)))…the accomplishment of all NCSU accomplishments, the absolute holy grail of NCSU, could have possibly never existed at all!!! I get goose bumps and shudder all over to even think where we’d all be right now without those magical times.

  14. legacyman 05/03/2007 at 7:25 PM #

    I like that move and would be glad if it went further back.

  15. legacyman 05/03/2007 at 7:29 PM #

    One other change I would like to see is raising the rim to twelve feet to eliminate the easy dunk shots. It seems almost every player can dunk now and it takes away the thrill when it is too commonplace.

    Height is too much of an advantage now so putting more premium on playmaking and shooting would even things a bit.

  16. beowolf 05/03/2007 at 9:14 PM #

    I think they should lower the rim for women’s games. Let the girls have some “re-dunk-ulous” highlights too.

  17. MadWolf92 05/04/2007 at 12:51 AM #

    Man, think if the rims were higher in ’83. We’d never have won.

  18. packfanstk 05/04/2007 at 6:50 AM #

    I don’t like it. The 3point line was fine where it was. I think a case can be made for the 12 foot basket. It’s not a new idea…been around quite a while, in fact. It was first proposed in the days of Russell and Chamberlain.

  19. CedarGloveWulf 05/04/2007 at 7:21 AM #

    I think a 12’4″ rim and a 18′ three point shot would be ideal.

  20. LRM 05/04/2007 at 7:57 AM #

    good rule change. except now — since the women’s arc (a line is where you shoot FTs from) is staying put — most every court will have two arcs, quite the eye sore watching a game. rbc might have to shrink it’s court logo to fit the new arc in…

    also, the lane should’ve been widened as well.

  21. CedarGloveWulf 05/04/2007 at 8:11 AM #

    Since the women play in Reynolds the arc will not be an issue for us.

  22. noah 05/04/2007 at 8:18 AM #

    Raise the rim and for about a decade, basketball would be totally unwatchable as a generation of players would suddenly be unable to shoot.

    While we’re at it, why don’t we make a baseball without seams and push the fences back to 700 feet?

  23. packpigskinfan23 05/04/2007 at 9:33 AM #

    raising the rim would suck… sorry guys, but it would make the game almost impossible to watch and impossible for the common man(like myself) to play. you would have to be a freak to dunk it and athletic to accomplish any shot… that is one good thing about basketball, ANYONE can play. there are many diffrent levels of skill, talent, and IQ but ANYONE can play the game. raising the rim would kill that.

  24. packpigskinfan23 05/04/2007 at 9:55 AM #

    raise the rim and there would be almost NO 3’s… no high FT%.. NO dunks….

    the game would suck.

  25. TNCSU 05/04/2007 at 10:16 AM #

    How about raising the rim, and being able to use your teammates to jump off their back — we’d need a couple of trampolines in designed spots, too. Circus Hoops! Raising Rim — bad, bad idea. Moving the 3 pt “arc” back — good idea. Along with calling all the hand-check fouls, and getting rid of the alternate possession rule.

    I may get bombarded, but how ’bout some folks cutting CGW some slack. I think you’re giving him a harder time than some of the Tarhells or Dookies that infiltrate this site. I’m sure he’s good dude!

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