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NCAA to continue experimenting with 3-point line

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA said Thursday that it will continue
to study new dimensions for the 3-point line, a wider lane and a
restricted-area arc during certified men's tournaments, such as the
Maui Invitational.

In men's basketball, the lane would be widened by a foot rather
than the 1½ feet used last season. The arc will be drawn 3 feet
from the center of the basket, a foot farther than last season, and
the 3-point line will be 20 feet, 9 inches -- a foot longer than the
current 3-point line.

The experimental rules could help determine whether permanent
rules changes will be implemented in future seasons.

"We need to make sure we've done all of our homework before we
make any significant changes," said Larry Keating, chairman of the
men's rules committee. "It is not a decision we're taking
lightly."

Women's teams will experiment with a longer 3-point line, drawn
at 20 feet, 6 inches, for the first time, and the 10-second
violation to get the ball across half court. There currently is no
10-second line in women's basketball.

"We believe our players are more than capable of utilizing the
3-point line nine inches further from the basket," said Ronda
Seagraves, chairwoman of the women's rules committee. "We need to
decide if this is good for our game or not."

The NCAA asks institutions using experimental rules to track
3-point percentages, three-second violations, rebounds from
free-throw attempts by lane space, and fouls following free-throw
attempts.

The data from last season, according to the NCAA, showed
lengthening the 3-point line did not create a significant
difference in the number of 3-point shots made, attempted, or in
their shooting percentage.

The percentage of offense and defensive rebounds also was
consistent with random samples from regular-season games, and there
was no significant change in three-second violations or fouls after
free throws.