How brave of the NCAA to move the 3-point line about one whole foot. Ooohhh. That'll change the game.
Look at the screen-grab from Duke's game with Presbyterian last night. The new 3-point line didn't create space, just double-vision.
The white line is the old line, 19 feet 9 inches, still used by the women's game, hence its existence on the floor. The blue line is the new line, 20 feet 9 inches. Big difference. It's not Ryan, it's Ryne. I stand in awe of the NCAA's risk-taking.
At least at N.C. State and
UNC, where the women play in separate venues, they'll only be one line on the floor.
Clearly the new line will change the game immensely. Duke only made 3 of 11 from 3 in its 80-49 win. The Blue Hose were 3 of 17.
And look at all that space in the lane created by the pushed back line. Or is that Duke's offensive set? The NCAA didn't have to go all the way back to the NBA line, 23-9, but splitting the difference between the NBA line and the old college line would have made more sense.
Of course, the next time the NCAA does anything that makes sense will be the first.
Personally, I can't wait to see a game Stanford where they already have 438 lines on the court for volleyball, team handball and hot yoga. Fingers crossed, maybe Duke's trip to Madison Square Garden will give us the triple stripe.