ICYMI: NCAA Moving Back 3-Point Line
The NCAA announced on Wednesday that they will be moving the three-point line from 20 feet, 9 inches back to 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches. That rule change goes into effect in the 2019-20 season in Division I. The change will be made in Divisions II and III in the 2020-21 season.
22 feet, 1 3/4 inches is the distance used in international basketball (Olympics, etc.). This is the first change to the three point distance since the 2008-09 season. The 3-point shot came into college basketball (at the distance of 19 feet, 9 inches) in the 1986-87 season after several years of experimentation at the conference levels.
The Rules Committee also ruled yesterday that on an offensive rebound, the shot clock would only reset to 20 seconds instead of the full 30 seconds. They are also allowing head coaches to call live-ball timeouts in the last two minutes of regulation and overtime (only players were allowed to do that before).
And they also said that a technical foul will be issued if a player uses derogatory language (homophobic, racist, or sexist language, for example) targeted at another player.