New 3-point line leading to lower shooting percentages

Marquette's Markus Howard (0) goes up for a shot against Villanova's Collin Gillespie (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The NCAA moved back the 3-point line this season to create more room in the lane and cut down on the barrage of 3s in college basketball.

Shooting percentages are down, historically low. Attempts also have dropped, slightly.

Clogged lanes? Depends on who you ask.

“I don’t think it’s changed a lot,” Kansas guard Marcus Garrett said. “I just feel like a lot more shots are being missed.”

He’s right.

With teams heavily relying on 3-pointers more and percentages steadily rising, the NCAA moved the arc back nearly two feet to 22 feet, 1¾ inches this season. That matches the international distance, but short of the NBA arc at 23 feet, nine inches.

The goal was to make the lane more available for drives, cut down on the prevalence of 3-pointers and create more offensive spacing.

The result, at least from the arc, is teams are missing at an historic rate.