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NCAA accepts proposal to move 3-point line to international distance

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Brady Manek

Sophomore forward Brady Manek shoots a 3-pointer in the game against Vanderbilt Jan. 26.

The NCAA approved a proposal to move the NCAA men's basketball 3-point line to the international distance of 22 feet and 1¾ inches for the 2019-20 season, the association announced on Wednesday.

The 2019-20 season will see the move only in Division I men's basketball. Divisions II and III will implement the move in the 2020-21 season.

The NCAA cited three things that the decision of moving the 3-point distance back from the original 20 feet, 9 inches will do: create more dribble plays through the lane from the perimeter, add more ground to cover for 3-point defense while making the shot less prevalent and add more offensive spacing.

According to the NCAA's press release, the association received positive feedback from teams who competed in the 2018 and 2019 National Invitational Tournament, where the international distance was implemented as an experiment.

The NCAA also approved putting only 20 seconds on the shot clock after an offensive rebound in the front court, as opposed to 30.

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