The NCAA announced in June several changes to the men’s basketball game. The three-point line was moved back to 22 feet, 1 ¾ inches, the international distance, along with the shot clock being reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound.
The shot clock had previously been reset to a full 30 seconds following an offensive rebound. The extended three-point line provides the greatest adjustment for incoming freshmen as most high school courts are set at 19 feet, nine inches.
Louisville head coach Chris Mack doesn’t think the lengthened arc is going to have a drastic effect on college basketball.
“I do worry about our guys stepping out of bounds on the sideline,” Mack said. “Their feet are behind the line when they catch the ball, they go to drive and their back foot steps on the sideline because there is way less room than there use to be.”
Mack said the decreased room along the sideline has been a teaching point, but his team hasn’t worked much on the line moving further away in practice. The Cardinals made 8.6 three-pointers per game last season while shooting 34.2 percent from behind the arc.
Louisville uses a shorter shot clock in practice, particularly in half-court drills, so the decreased time following an offensive rebound shouldn’t bother the offense.
“I don’t think the 20-second reset on an offensive rebound is going to see a whole lot of difference to the game,” Mack said.
The Cardinals open the season on the road against conference opponent Miami Nov. 5.