When the NCAA adopted the 3-point line in 1986-87, teams launched from beyond the arc just one time in every 6.4 shot attempts. By last season that figure had swelled to one trey attempt for every 2.9 shot attempts.
Proponents of the deeper arc believe it will stretch defenses, alleviating some of the clogging (and mugging) that occurs underneath the basket. Pearl is not buying that argument, however. He believes moving the arc will simply mean more zone defense, not more space on the inside.
Pearl's thoughts on the matter are included in a column posted by Seth Davis at sportsillustrated.com's college basketball page.
Here is Pearl's quote:
"I think players are going to back off, let people shoot the three and double down on the post. There will be only one or two guys out there you have to cover. Zone defenses are going to become even more effective."