Tuesday, October 7, 2003
College basketball to get longer 3-point line
INDIANAPOLIS -- The 3-point line in college basketball is
about to be moved 9 inches farther from the basket beginning in the
Barring unexpected dissent by the NCAA's two smallest divisions,
the new line will be set at 20 feet, 6 inches.
The championships committees of all three divisions decided to
keep the rectangular free throw lane, rejecting a switch to the
trapezoidal lane used internationally.
"In Division I, it's essentially done," Marty Benson, the NCAA
liaison to the basketball rules committee, said Tuesday. "In
Division II and III, the management councils have to look at it and
either approve what the championships committee did or change what
the championships committee did."
Earlier this year, South Carolina coach Dave Odom, a rules
committee member, said the extra 9 inches might discourage marginal
shooters from taking longer shots.
"That would make the shot more meaningful," he said.
The management councils meet Oct. 21-22. If they agree, the
changes in all three divisions will take effect in the 2004-05
season. If they don't, the matter will be decided by the NCAA
executive committee Oct. 31.
That committee's options include approving the change for only
the divisions that passed it, approving it for all three divisions
or rejecting it for all three, Benson said.
It's unlikely Divisions II and III will not go along, he said.
Another proposal would cut from 16 to eight the number of
predetermined sites for the first two rounds of the women's
Division I tournament.
If approved by the Division I management council and the
executive committee, that change would take effect for the 2005
"It's just the evolution of the championship. It creates more
neutral sites for the championship," said Scotty Rogers, assistant
director of the Division I women's basketball championship
committee. "You have a little more neutrality when only one of
those teams could potentially play at home."
The men's first and second rounds already are played at eight
"The only difference, and it's a major difference, is that the
women's proposal is for predetermined sites, meaning the host
institution could play at home," Rogers said. "The men's
tournament does not allow that."