Three-point lines will be properly marked for USC-Connecticut — unlike last five NCAA games in Portland


Texas and North Carolina State play during the Elite Eight round of the women’s NCAA tournament March 31 at Moda Center in Portland, Ore. The teams were informed before the game of a discrepancy in distance between the two three-point arcs and their respective baskets. (Tim Booth / Associated Press)

When USC and Connecticut play Monday night for a spot in the NCAA women’s basketball Final Four, the three-point lines should be the same distance from the basket on both ends of the court at Moda Center in Portland, Ore.

Makes sense, right? Most people probably assume that’s the case for every game.

But it was not the case during USC’s and Connecticut’s NCAA women’s basketball tournament Sweet 16 games Saturday at the same court. Nor was it the case during the other three tournament games played this weekend, including North Carolina State’s 76-66 win over Texas on Sunday to advance to the Final Four.

Instead, one three-point line appeared to be several inches closer to the basket than the other.

The NCAA said in a statement Sunday that it had been notified of the situation prior to the N.C. State-Texas game.

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“The NCAA staff and Women’s Basketball Committee members on site consulted with the two head coaches who were made aware of the discrepancy,” NCAA vice president of women’s basketball Lynn Holzman wrote. “All parties elected to play a complete game on the court as is, rather than correcting the court and delaying the game.”

Holzman said the NCAA would measure all court lines and markings following USC and Connecticut’s practices Sunday night and make any necessary corrections prior to Monday’s game, which will determine which of the two teams will face the Iowa-Louisiana winner in the national semifinals Friday in Cleveland.

Connor Sports, the vendor who made the floors for the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments, issued an apology for the error Sunday. Holzman said in her statement that the NCAA is not aware of…

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