NCAA sets November 25 as start date for college basketball
On the same day that Big Ten football announced its return, college basketball fans received some good news as well. The NCAA’s Division I Council approved the start date of November 25 for the 2020-2021 season.
For many years the college basketball season traditionally began on Thanksgiving week and it took a global pandemic to return the game to its scheduling roots.
Here are other key elements of the season that was approved on Wednesday:
• Teams can increase on court weekly workouts from four hours to eight hours beginning on September 21.
• Practice for the season officially begins on October 14.
• The maximum regular season games allowed will be 27, which is four less than last season. The minimum games necessary to be eligible for the NCAA Tournament will be 13.
• There will be no preseason scrimmages or exhibitions allowed.
• A recommendation for a minimum of four non-conference games to be scheduled was made.
• The NCAA Tournament will remain in March.
• This plan is for both men’s and women’s basketball.
While this is great news and puts the sport one step closer to playing this winter, there is still plenty of work to be done. Conferences now have to develop their own plans as to how they will schedule, determine medical protocols, and develop contingency plans if teams have to quarantine or are unable to play because of Covid-19 issues. Also determining if they will utilize a bubble type environment or will they hold traditional home and road games is an important ...
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