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Husky Men's Basketball

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May 3, 2007 at 9:37 AM

NCAA considering longer three-point line

Real interesting news from the NCAA today as the men’s basketball rules committee is proposing that the three-point line be extended to 20 feet, nine inches beginning with the 2008-09 season.
You can get more info here.
The proposal won’t be official until approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on May 25. If approved then, it won’t be enacted for a year to allow for everyone to adjust to the change.
As expressed in the media release linked above, the committee feels moving the line back “will provide more space between the perimeter players and post players.”
What I’m sure they are hoping that will do is make it harder for teams to double-team in the post without giving up open shots, and maybe creating a more even-up, wide-open game.
If you read further down in the release, you can also see two other proposed changes — not using the first lane space nearest the basket on free throws, and requiring use of the video monitor to determine if a flagrant foul has occurred.
Also, the release states NCAA officials will continue to put emphasis on the block/charge call near the basket, palming, the behavior of coaches and rough post play.
My quick two cents on the new three-point line is that it could benefit the major powers in the game for two reasons: it would increase the value of having a good big man, always easier for the elites to attract; and by making the three-point shot harder to convert, would make it that much more difficult for those mid-major schools that seem to come to prominence every March featuring a bevy of good three-point shooters.
On the other hand, maybe players today will easily adjust to a one-foot longer three-point shot.
Certainly, this seems like a rule that would have benefitted the Huskies as they were constructed last season as those opponents that liked to double-down inside but still get outside to defend the three-point shooters would have had a more difficult time doing so. Conversley, that three-point shot will now be that much harder to make.
Lastly, I’m wondering if Phil Nelson knew about this before he left. Seems like his value just went up quite a bit.

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