NCAA pegs Nov. 25 as start date for 2020-21 college hoops season
The NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday afternoon identified Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, as the official start date for the 2020-21 college basketball season.
In addition, the Council outlined several parameters for the upcoming season, including a minimum (13) and maximum (27) number of regular season games, a recommendation of at least four nonconference games and the elimination of all exhibition games and scrimmages from the 2020-21 schedules.
“The new season start date near the Thanksgiving holiday provides the optimal opportunity to successfully launch the basketball season,” NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt said in a news release. “It is a grand compromise of sorts and a unified approach that focuses on the health and safety of student-athletes competing towards the 2021 Division I basketball championships.”
The total of 27 allowable games for men's programs is down four from last year, when Bill Self's squad went 28-3 during the regular season, and, in KU's case, is likely to feature 24 regular games and three games from multi-team events.
The new start date is 15 days later than the previously planned season opener. The season was to open with the Champions Classic in Chicago, featuring Kansas, Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State, and was pushed back because of the pandemic.
Women's programs can schedule 23 regular-season games and participate in one multiple-team event that includes up to four games or schedule 25 regular season games if a team does not compete in a multiple-team event.
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