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NCAA considering basketball rule changes

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4569188.jpegBoth the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee and the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee recommended rule changes on Wednesday that could have significant impacts on the college game.

The men's committee recommended a restricted area three feet from the center of the basket where a secondary defender cannot legally take a charge. The arc, in essence, is the same thing the NBA currently uses and would take effect in the 2011-12 season if approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel.

In a story posted on NCAA.com, the NCAA says that the group will consider the proposal on June 9 during a conference call. The hope of creating a restricted area is to limit the number of collisions near the basket on charge/block plays.

The NCAA has played with the idea of a restricted area the last few years. According to the story on NCAA.com, the committee created an unmarked area in 2009 directly under the basket where a secondary defender could not legally take a charge.

The key difference next season, should the rule be approved, is the arc will be "clearly marked and discernable in the lane."

The women's committee, which also recommended the restricted area, has also proposed moving the 3-point line back from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20 feet, 9 inches, the same length as the men's current 3-point line.

According to a separate story on NCAA.com, the committee asked teams last year to track the number of 3-point field-goal attempts taken behind the 20-foot, 9-inch lane and the current 19-foot, 9-inch line during exhibition games and 40-minute game-like scrimmages.

 The results were somewhat surprising.

According to the NCAA, teams hit a better rate from behind the 20-foot, 9-inch line (33 percent) than they did between the 20-foot, 9-inch arc and the 19-foot, 9-inch line (30 percent).

Like the men, the proposal will be reviewed by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on June 9. If it's approved, the new line will go into effect for the 2011-12 season.

For more potential rule changes, read the men's proposals here and the women's proposals here.

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