NCAA Basketball Moving 3-Point Line Back for 2019-20 Season

Tre Jones of Duke shoots a 3-pointer in a game during the 2018-19 season.
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The college basketball 3-pointer is going to become a bit more difficult next season. 

The NCAA Playing Oversight Panel approved a rule change Wednesday that the 3-point line would be moved back to the international distance of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches starting next season for Division I.

The 3-point line had been at a distance of 20 feet, 9 inches since prior to the 2008-09 season, when the NCAA moved it back from 19 feet, 9 inches. The NBA's 3-point line is 23 feet, 9 inches, or 22 feet at the corners. 

The change will take effect in Division II and III for the 2020-21 season. 

According to the committee, the change was made not only to make the 3-point shot more difficult and less prevalent, but to create space and clear the lane for more drives to the rim. 

"Freedom of movement in the game remains important, and we feel this will open up the game," Colorado coach Tad Boyle, the committee chair, said in early May when the rule was proposed, according to ESPN. "We believe this will remove some of the congestion on the way to the basket."

Other rule changes include technical fouls assessed for derogatory language used about someone's race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability; allowing coaches to call live-ball timeouts in the last two minutes of the second half and overtime; and conducting instant-replay review for goaltending or basket interference calls in the final two minutes of the second half and overtime.

By John Healy