In the year of the 20-year anniversary, the NCAA men's basketball rules committee decided the line needed a makeover.
So, beginning with the 2008-09 season, assuming the measure is approved May 25 by the Playing Rules Oversight Committee, the line will move back a full foot to 20 feet, 9 inches. The committee chose, however, not to expand the size of the lane.
The change could dramatically affect post play, who takes and makes a 3-point shot and at what percentage, and possibly lead to an increase in mid-range shot attempts.
Roy Williams released the following statement:
"I am a little surprised they have made the change, but I have no real problem with it. I am certainly glad they didn't move it back to the NBA distance and certainly glad the committee did not widen the lane along with moving the three-point line. The Rules Committee looks very seriously at these issues and they are hopeful that changes they make will indeed help the game. This particular change should create more space and give teams more movement on offense."