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Starting in the 2019 season for college basketball the 3-point line will actually be a bit further back than usual. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel decided to make 3's just a little harder by making the arch distance to the goal match the international distance.
It was 20 feet 9 inches (from the center of the basket) and has now been changed to 22 feet 1 3/4 inch. A difference of 1 foot 4 3/4 inches further back. So a little less than a foot and half. Not a huge deal but for college players universally expecting a certain 3 point distance, definitely seems like it should effect the game in some way.
I'm always leery of these kind of changes, but only because it skews record books. You will forever have to asterisk 3 point shooting records by era now, when it was less than 21 foot away, to when it was a little over 22 foot. Or maybe not? I don't know.
The NBA is still further back at 23 feet 9 inches. So in actuality, this should help a lot of NBA hopefuls get a closer court dimension to the pros. You could argue it should be what the NBA does if you look at it that way, but maybe that was too big a change for the panel to do.
I wonder if 3 point %s will drop off this season because of this?