NCAA proposes moving men's 3-point line to global standard

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In an attempt to increase scoring, college basketball rules makers are considering moving back the 3-point line.

The global 3-point line has been used in the NIT the last two seasons, but the NCAA noted that change didn't dissuade anyone from outside shots: teams attempted 23.1 3-pointers per game in this year's NIT compared to 22.8 per game during the regular season.

According to the committee, moving the 3-point line back would clear the lane for more drives to the rim, make 3-point shots more challenging and therefore less prevalent, and improve offensive spacing.

Why is KU taking more three-point shots?

"Freedom of movement in the game remains important, and we feel this will open up the game", said Tad Boyle, the committee's chair and head coach at Colorado, in the NCAA announcement.

My initial thoughts are that these proposed rules changes are logical and should get the green light in early June from the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. The NCAA women's line moved back a foot to that distance for the 2011-12 season.

Three-point shooting percentage has been down in the NIT in those two seasons compared to the regular season.

The NCAA men's basketball rules committee is proposing moving the 3-point line to the global distance and changing the shot-clock resets following offensive rebounds. They made 33 percent of those attempts in the NIT, a decrease from 35.2 percent in the regular season. The committee decided a full 30-second shot clock is not needed because the offensive team is already in the front court after securing the rebound.

The committee recommended players be assessed a Flagrant 2 technical foul and ejected should they use derogatory language about an opponent's race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

The proposal for the shot-clock change was created to improve the pace of the game, with the NCAA stating the committee believes the full 30-second clock isn't needed when the offensive team securing the rebound already is in the front court.

Finally, the committee recommends that, during the final two minutes of the second half or any overtime, instant-replay review may get conducted if a basket interference or goaltending call is made.

The committee recommended allowing coaches to call live-ball timeouts in the last two-minutes of the second half and the last two minutes of any overtime periods.