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NCAA considers extending 3-point line, adding goaltending reviews, shortening shot clock


The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee has just released their latest official recommendations for collegiate basketball. These rules would begin affecting Division I teams as soon as next season. The recommendations must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on June 5 in order to be finalized.

The biggest potential change is the committee’s proposal to extend the 3-point line to the international basketball distance of 22 feet, 1¾ inches. Currently, the three-point line’s distance is 20 feet, 9 inches. The committee cited the following reasons for the change:

  • Making the lane more available for dribble/drive plays from the perimeter.
  • Slowing the trend of the 3-point shot becoming too prevalent in men’s college basketball by making the shot a bit more challenging, while at the same time keeping the shot an integral part of the game.
  • Assisting in offensive spacing by requiring the defense to cover more of the court.

The NIT completed a “test run” of the longer trey during the 2019 post-season, and teams, on average, saw a slight drop in their 3-point success. Teams in the NIT hit 33 percent of their three pointers during the tournament, compared to the regular season average of 35.2 percent.

Committee members also cited positive feedback from the annual rules survey as well as from coaches whose teams competed in the NIT with the experimental international line.

The three-point line extension isn’t the only potential change the committee has recommended: they also propose resetting the shot clock at 20 seconds – rather than a full 30 seconds – after a field goal attempt hits the rim and the offensive team rebounds the ball in the front court.

Again, the committee cited NIT feedback, after teams experimented with the 20-second shot clock in 2019. The reduced time would also “enhance the pace of the game,” according to the committee.

This next ones feels especially relevant for Kentucky (*cough cough, UK vs. LSU): the committee recommends allowing instant replay review for basket interference or goaltending calls made during the last two minutes of the second half or the last two minutes of overtime. The proposal makes it clear that their recommendation is directed toward calls that have been made, so it’s unclear at this time if the change would allow officials the opportunity to review a potential instance of goaltending and then make a subsequent call.

Another proposed change would give coaches the ability to call a live-ball timeout during the last two minutes of action (either during the second half or at the end of any overtime play). Currently, coaches are never allowed to call live-ball timeouts.

The committee also recommends a Flagrant 2 technical foul and ejection for any player who uses derogatory language regarding an opponent’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.


Again, each of these recommendations must be reviewed and approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on June 5 in order to be enacted for men’s college basketball. Any approved changes would apply for Division I teams during the 2019-2020 season, and for Division II and Division III teams the following year, due to the potential financial impact of re-painting three-point lines.

What do you think of the proposed changes?

Article written by Maggie Davis

3 responses to “NCAA considers extending 3-point line, adding goaltending reviews, shortening shot clock”

  1. notFromhere

    The NCAA NEEDS to get their head out of their assets on a bunch of issues. 1) they need a real and unbiased president to LEAD, 2) officiating accountability, 3) a consistent and applied standard for sanctions instead of this BS weve been subjected to for decades. Either they’re about the student-athletes and integrity of the game or they are about the money. Cant keep professing to serve the former while hoarding the latter.

  2. UKLugo

    Please don’t shorten the shot clock. If I wanna watch the NBA, I’ll watch the NBA. I don’t wanna watch the NBA.

    1. makeitstop

      It’s only on re-sets after a shot that hits the rim, like the kicked ball re-set this year. I wouldn’t want a shorter shot clock either but one team w the ball for one minute burning clock bc they glanced the rim isn’t too exciting. It would basically be the same offensive set as u usually run bc ur not having to bring the ball across mid-court. The more I think about it, the more I like that one.