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NCAA Basketball Rules Changes

A few changes including the 3 point line will be made for the upcoming season

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Iowa State v Kentucky Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The NCAA approved new changes for the upcoming basketball season. The biggest being moving the three point line from it’s current position to over a foot farther out. This would be where the international three point line currently sits.

The exact distance would move the line from 20’9” out to 22’1-3/4” out. The NIT Tournament had this change done the previous two seasons and it will now be the rule for all sanctioned NCAA games.

The idea behind had been looked at for some time and there were a multitude of reason why they decided to change. The first being that it would free up lanes for dribbling and driving from the perimeter. The second being that it would make the three point tougher. This came from the belief that the three point shot was becoming to prevalent in today’s game. Finally, it would help with offensive spacing and allow the defense to cover more of the court.

Also included in the rules changes were.

  • The allowance for coaches to call live-ball timeouts in the last two minutes of the second half or of any overtime
  • The use of instant replay can be conducted if a basket interference or goal-tending call has been made during the last two minutes of the second half or the last two minutes of any overtime
  • Players will be assessed a technical foul and ejection if they use derogatory language aimed at an opponent regarding race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability
  • To reset the shot clock reset to 20 seconds after a field goal attempt hits the rim and the offensive team rebounds the ball in the front court.