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?