OU men's basketball: Lon Kruger welcomes new college 3-point line, shot clock rules

Kyle Phillips / The Transcript

Oklahoma's Lon Kruger reacts after OU loses the ball during the Sooners' game against Kansas on March 5 at Lloyd Noble Center.

The court at Lloyd Noble Center will require an update this offseason.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved multiple rule changes on Wednesday, including an extended 3-point line in men’s college basketball.

The 3-point line will be moved to 22 feet, 1 ¾ inches — a 1 foot, 4 ¾ inches increase — which is standard in international basketball. The line was last extended ahead of the 2008-09 season.

Division I programs will use the line in 2019-20. Divisions II and III will begin in 2020-21.

Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger addressed the notable rule changes coming to college basketball and is on board with with the 3-point line increasing.

“It’s time,” Kruger said. “I think the 3-pointer is increasingly becoming more dominant in the game. I think moving it back will get a little bit more balance back to mid-range jumpers and low-post play.

“But certainly the 3-pointer is here to stay and the value of it and the analytics prove that out. More and more players shooting shots earlier from 3-point range.”

The Sooners have enjoyed plenty of recent success shooting the 3-point shot with players like Buddy Hield and Trae Young. Although, OU’s offense wasn’t known for its 3-point shooting last season.

OU ranked last in the Big 12 in 3-point shot attempts and 64.8 percent of those came from players that either graduated or won’t be on the team next season.

Kruger hasn’t completely ditched 3-point shooting from his offense. He says the dip was more based on available personnel, and he expects an uptick in 3-point attempts next season.

“This coming year, we’ll get back to what we’re most comfortable doing,” Kruger said, “in terms of drives and kicking and shooting more 3s and pushing the ball in transition.”

Another rule change approved by the panel could affect the pace of college basketball games.

The shot clock will no longer reset to 30 seconds if the ball makes contact with the rim and the team on offense grabs the rebound. Instead, the shot clock will reset t0 20 seconds.

“I do (like that),” Kruger said. “Anything to kind of speed the game up a little bit. I think that will probably do the biggest impact in late game when you get a missed shot back or inside the last minute or two.”

The panel also approved three other proposals.

One approved change would give officials the authority to call a technical foul on a player if they direct derogatory language toward an opponent.

This includes if a player uses a slur or makes a comment about an opposing player's ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, religion or sexual orientation.

Basket interference and goaltending calls can now be reviewed through instant replay in the final two minutes of the second half or last two minutes of any overtime period.

Coaches can now also call live-ball timeouts in the final two minutes of the second half or overtime.

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