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They moved the 3-point line back in College Basketball

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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?

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    Dallasite Wrote:

    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?

    This is a ridiculous rule change. There's just no need for the 3-point line to be moved at all, let alone down to a precise 3/4 of an inch. I can totally see this changing the 3-point numbers of the season. Your body gets used to throwing the ball a specific amount to make any goal, especially 3-pointers. I can't think of any good reason this had to be done.

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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    This is a ridiculous rule change. I can't think of any good reason this had to be done.

    I can see both sides. I do think it'll throw off numbers, at least for the first season. But I can see if there is an 'international standard' that the NCAA would want to match that. I'm guessing its in line now with other amateur basketball around the world?

    But I think the biggest PRO is it's closer to NBA standards now.