Wednesday , Jan , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Three-point line and lane to remain the same in college

=== Three-point line and lane to remain the same in college ===

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – The NCAA Executive Committee ruled
Wednesday that the three-point line will remain at its current distance (19
feet, 9 inches) for all three divisions.

In addition, the free throw lane will remain at its current width and

The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Rules Committees had recommended extending the
three-point line and changing the free throw lane to a trapezoid starting in
2004-05 for men’s basketball and extending the three-point line for women’s
basketball beginning in 2004-05.

However, the divisional governing bodies removed the free throw lane part from
that proposal.

Since 1986, the 19-foot-9 inch distance for three-point shots has been
used. The NCAA Men’s Rules Committee was looking to lengthen the distance to
20-feet, 6 1/4 inches from the center of the basket to the outside edge of the
three-point line. That would have corresponded with the international three-
point line.

The panel had also suggested expanding the 12-foot-wide college lane to
the dimensions of the trapezoid shape used in international play (19-foot, 8
3/4 inches at its base).