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NCAA men’s basketball rules committee proposes moving 3-point line to FIBA distance

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Some of the experimental rules in place during the NIT this season appear on the way to being implemented across college basketball. One of them is an extended three-point line: the NCAA rules committee is recommending pushing it back to a little over 22 feet, which is the distance used by FIBA.

The committee argues in part that this will slow “the trend of the three-point shot becoming too prevalent” in college basketball. I don’t think there’s a problem currently and I doubt this would really alter three-point attempt rates, but whatever.

Another proposal would have the shot clock resetting to 20 seconds following an offensive rebound rather than the full 30. We also saw this during the NIT and I don’t think it was detrimental to the play on the court in any respect.

Additionally, the committee recommended that coaches be allowed to call live-ball timeouts in the final two minutes of regulation and overtime.

If these proposals pass next month, they will be implemented in 2019-20.