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22:20  05 june  2019
22:20  05 june  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Official: The men's college basketball 3-point line is moving back© Provided by Oath Inc. Teams shot nearly 23 threes per game in 2018-19. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Men’s college basketball will have a longer three-point line when the 2019-20 season begins.

The NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Rules Committee approved an adjustment Wednesday that moves the three-point line back to the international basketball three-point line. College basketball’s previous three-point line has been at 20 feet, 9 inches. The international arc is at 22-1 3/4.

Here was the committee’s reasoning for the decision. From the NCAA:

  • Making the lane more available for dribble/drive plays from the perimeter.

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  • 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.

International line used at the NIT

The international line has been tested in the postseason NIT over the last two seasons. And, as you can imagine, three-point percentage has declined with the line further out from the basket. Teams in the 2019 NIT shot roughly the same number of three-pointers as teams did in the 2018-19 regular season. But teams shot 33 percent from behind the arc compared to a regular-season average of 35.2 percent.

Teams are shooting more threes as smart basketball minds realize that long two-pointers are not as efficient as threes. Teams took fewer than 10 threes per game in 1986-87, the first year the three-point line was used in college basketball. Teams attempted nearly 23 threes per game in 2018-19.

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If the NIT is any indication, the longer line won’t lead to an immediate drop in the number of threes per game. But if teams continue to shoot slightly worse because of the longer line then they’ll likely start taking fewer threes per game.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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