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Effect of Extending the 3-Point Arc

Scottie Reynolds

Scottie is Shooting 36% from behind the Arc this Season

Back in September we documented the New Rules for the 2008-09 NCAA Basketball Season.

Of course, the most noticeable change was the extension of the Men's 3-Point arc from 19'9" to 20'9". Moving the three-point line back a foot was supposed to open things in the lane and curb the onslaught of 3s being hoisted by teams. The jury’s still out on if the move is working. According to kenpom.com, shooting percentages are only down slightly.

Here are the D-1 Stats

3FG/3FGA 3FGA/FGA
2008 35.1% 34.4%
2009 34.1% 33.1%

Villanova Stats


3FG/3FGA 3FGA/FGA
'Nova 2008 34.4% 34.9%
'Nova 2009 35.6% 30.5%

Of course the 2009 stats are only a portion of the season, but with 21 games under Villanova's belt, it is easy to see that while most of D1 has had a decrease in 3-Point Shooting, 'Nova has bucked the trend.

You can also see that the 3-Pointer has become a smaller part of the overall shot selection this season.