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NCAA announces rule changes

Trojan Arena will have a different look when fans file in for a men’s basketball game next fall.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Committee approved moving back the three-point line to international basketball distance at 22 feet 1 ¾ inches in men’s basketball.

The rule will go into effect immediately beginning with the 2019-2020 season. The reason for the change stems from the continuing increase of three pointers in college basketball.

The new distance was experimented in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) last season. The committee cited numerous reasons for the new distance. They believe the new distance will allow for more space in the lane allowing the player to dribble and drive from the perimeter. Secondly, they believe it will slow down the increasing trend of the three-point shot. They also believe it will assist in offensive spacing due to the defense having to cover more court.

According to a story on NCAA.com, teams in the NIT last season averaged 23.1 field goal attempts behind the three-point line, compared to just over 22 percent the previous season. Teams shot 33 percent from behind the line in last season’s NIT compared to 35.2 the previous season.

It’s the second time the NCAA has moved back the three-point line. The line was moved prior to the 2008-2009 season. The percentage of made shots at that time decreased from 35.2 percent to 34.4.

The Trojans finished eighth in the Sun Belt Conference in three-point percentage at .335. They made 236 of their 704 attempts.

The change will only go in affect for teams in Division-I. Division-II and Division-III will make the change for the 2020-2021 season.

The panel also approved resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds after a missed field goal leads to an offensive rebound. The change was made to enhance the pace of game.