Action Sports Spotlight - Long-Distance Woes

By Justin Horowitz

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 23, 2008 at 7:46 PM EDT

If you've been to the Events Center this season, you might've noticed two sets of three-point lines.

The NCAA moved the men's line back this season a full foot behind the women's, from 19-feet-nine inches, to 20-feet-nine inches.

After the season's first six weeks, three-point shooting is down nearly two percent throughout division 1, according to statsheet.com.

For the Bearcats, the results are even worse, down 7-percent from a season ago.

"I don't think the line moving back is affecting my shooting," says Bearcat Dwayne Jackson. "Personally, I just haven't been shooting as well."

Adds D.J. Rivera, "It's not really having an affect. I think practicing and repetition will help our shots out a lot."

There could be many explanations for the Bearcats three-point shooting woes that have nothing to do with the added distance.

Proponents of the move say the extra foot allows for more driving to the basket and space for big men.

Cornell ranked among the top 10 three-point shooting teams in the country last season.

This year, they're shooting more than four points worse.

Some coaches say the new line discourages the more marginal shooters from launching away.

"Percentage-wise, I'm probably down but I think that's just a personal thing," says Jackson. "I don't think it has anything to do with the line moving back because I never really shoot on the line anyway."

Maybe it's the new line, maybe it's not.

But the numbers don't lie.

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