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pachador
05-04-2007, 06:12 AM
Three-pointers just got harder
NCAA plans to extend the arc an extra foot

By MATT WINKELJOHN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 05/03/07

The NCAA's basketball rules committee plans to change the distance of the 3-point shooting line beginning next season, moving it one foot further away from the basket - from 19 feet, 9 inches, to 20 feet, 9 inches for men only.

Larry Keating, chairman of the men's committee, said Thursday the goal is to create more space for players near the basket as potential shooters and defenders must move a little further away from the goal.

"Primarly we're focused on spacing," said Keating, who also is an associate athletics director at Kansas. "We think it will open the game up a little bit more."

The committee considered moving the arc to 20-6, like the international 3-point line, but opted for 20-9 in the end. Also, while there had been discussion of widening the lane, that was bypassed with the idea that moving the 3-point line back will create a similar effect in player spacing.

Keating said the new 3-point line will not go into effect until the 2008-'09 season so that schools can re-paint their courts without impacting their budgets - most of which have already been set - this season.

All rules changes are pending until a May 25 meeting of the NCAA's oversight committee, usually a mere technicality.

In some other changes:

Free throws: The men's committee will change the way players line up while free throws are being taken, allowing players nearest the basket to move closer to the baseline. This is so there will be more spacing between players.

Fighting: Both the men's and women's committees agreed that in the event a fight has taken place during a game, the use of a courtside television monitor for replay will no longer be optional for officials, but rather mandatory.

Technicals: In the women's game, steps will be taken to see that technical fouls of all sorts count more uniformly toward a player's personal foul total

Kid Cubao
05-04-2007, 07:39 AM
dapat lang, masyadong malapit yung 3 pt arc sa US NCAA. another they should consider is to shorten the shot clock to 24 seconds para magkarun ng standardization ng mga shot clocks at nang mabawasan ang "freeze the ball" strategies.

Sam Miguel
05-04-2007, 09:01 AM
dapat lang, masyadong malapit yung 3 pt arc sa US NCAA. another they should consider is to shorten the shot clock to 24 seconds para magkarun ng standardization ng mga shot clocks at nang mabawasan ang "freeze the ball" strategies.


I agree on both counts with Cubao.

While the US NCAA's old school rules are quaint and nostalgic, I believe it is high time they join the modern basketball era. That longer 3-line is a step in the right direction. Chopping the time down to 24 seconds is another good idea. I would also love to see them play four 10-minute quarters instead of the two 20-minute halfs. Basketball is becoming the premiere international game and its high time the US NCAA get with the program.