Parise: College Basketball Should Move Three-Point Line Back

Vin Parise believes the college game should – and will – move the line back in "the next few years"

Taz and the Moose
April 02, 2018 - 11:04 am

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Villanova (35-4) set a Final Four record with 18 three-pointers in its 95-79 thumping of Kansas on Saturday, as seven different Wildcats hit from behind the arc. In fact, six Wildcats hit multiple three-pointers, and Villanova tied the previous Final Four record for triples (13) with 3:45 remaining – in the first half.

Is it time for college basketball to move the three-point line back?

“I would move it back a little bit,” Fox Sports college basketball analyst Vin Parise said on Taz & The Moose. “I don’t think we need to move it back to where the NBA line is, but maybe one day that does happen. I’m okay with moving it back a little bit. First off, it was so silly that for all those years the college three-point line was the same as a high school three-point line. Think about that. A 14-, 15-year-old in JV was shooting the same three-point line that Christian Laettner was at age 22, 23. But I think the way the college players and coaches have modeled the pro and European game of going small ball with four out, one in and relying on the three-point shot – and when you’re at high-level Division I practices and you see how automatic some of these guys are from that arc – I could see this thing moving back again in the next few years.”

The line, of course, won’t be moved back before tonight, which means Michigan (33-7) will have its hands full defending the best offensive team in America.

“I think you got to slow down this game,” Parise said. “You can’t try to run with these guys, (Mikal) Bridges and (Jalen) Brunson, because they can play at different speeds. Nova, they can switch all of this pick-and-pop, pick-and-roll action that Michigan runs. Jon Beilein is going to have to have some guys hit some big shots late in the shot clock.”

The Wolverines, winners of 14 straight, have held four of their five tournament opponents under 65 points – and three under 60. But can they score enough? Michigan scored just 22 points in the first half against Loyola.

“Usually it’s the opposite with Beilein and Michigan,” Parise said. “Usually it’s their three-point shooting you know is going to be there, but what happens on the defensive end? He’s almost (had) a West Virginia-type team this year. You know the defense is going to be there, but how many of those cold-shooting droughts are they going to have? We saw it on Saturday.”

The Wolverines can’t see it Monday night – not if they hope to win, anyway.

“This is the best defensive team that Beilein has ever had, and I think Michigan has been the best defensive team in the tournament the past two weeks,” Parise said. “ The game will be closer. The game will be, I think, in the high-60s, low-70s. But I just think the free-throw shooting of Nova is going to be too much if it’s a closer game. . . . This has been a fun tournament, but I really think Jay Wright’s going to get his second ring in three years.”

And if he does, is it possible that he’ll bolt for the NBA? Especially after winning two national titles in three years?

Parise says no.

“I truly believe Jay Wright will be Mike Krzyzewski, will be Jim Boeheim,” he said. “I think he’s going to be the fixture at his school. I think he’s going to be at Villanova for his career. I think he’s going to be Roy Williams. He’s already a lock for the basketball Hall of Fame. I think Jay Wright loves Nova, he loves Philly – he’s going to be the face of the Big East the way (Dave) Gavitt was in the old Big East. I think it’s an unbelievable story, and I don’t think you’re going to see him coaching the Minnesota Timberwolves in three years."