Three pointers in Maui will be a little longer, and the lane will be a little wider when KU squares off in a month or so against Arizona in the Maui Invitational. The NCAA will be experimenting, once again, with slight changes to the current line distances, to see how they affect play.
The NCAA said Thursday that it will continue to study new dimensions for the 3-point line, a wider lane and a restricted-area arc during certified men's tournaments such as the Maui Invitational.
In men's basketball, the lane would be widened by a foot rather than the 1 1/2 feet used last season. The arc will be drawn 3 feet from the center of the basket, a foot farther than last season, and the 3-point line will be 20 feet, 9 inches -- a foot longer than the current 3-point line.
What's interesting is that the changes last year showed no statistical difference in three pointers made, three point percentage, offensive rebounds or defensive rebounds. Nor was there a change in the number of three second calls or the number of fouls after free throws.
In short, nothing changed.