NCAA sets November 25 as basketball season start

The most intriguing women’s college basketball players for the 2020-21 season

The most intriguing women’s college basketball players for the 2020-21 season

"The rationale was that during the season teams tend to play an average of two games a week, so the fact we're shortening the season by two weeks necessitated the reduction in games so we're not being counterproductive and trying to jam more in a shortened season", Calhoun said.

December 4th was the other start date that was being seriously considered.

According to the NCAA, preseason practices can start October 14, allowing teams 42 days to hold a maximum of 30 practices. The original start of practice was to have been September 26. If a team holds spring-like practices in the fall but doesn't play in the spring, it can't have a spring practice session. Teams will be able to lift weights four hours per week.

A maximum of 27 regular-season games, including an MTE.

Steve Pikiell should be able to keep some of the non-conference dates on Rutgers' schedule this coming season - but likely only the marquee ones.

These scheduling choices confirm an earlier report that teams will be capped at 27 games, a four-game decrease from past year.

KU athletic director Jeff Long noted that KU hoped to play "all of those competitions (allowed)". Teams will not be permitted to hold scrimmages or exhibitions before opening the season as part of measures meant to lower potential spread of the novel coronavirus.

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With the Aggies proximity to out-of-conference foes and ever-strengthening reputation as one of the top mid-major schools in the nation, scheduling at least four non-conference games should not be a challenge, keeping NM State's potential streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances alive. So all the work coach Few has been doing for the last couple months of "what-if" schedules will start to become clearer.

Gavitt said games and events already on the calendar between November 10 and November 25 will have to be rescheduled, noting schools can request waivers to play earlier but are unlikely to receive them. "Once that has been finalized, as well as our updated non-conference details, we will share a new 2020-21 men's basketball schedule". Rothstein said the Wooden Legacy, involving KU, Virginia, Georgetown and UCLA also would be held in the bubble. "While all who care about the game are entitled to their opinion and we'll always listen respectfully, at this time we are not working on any contingency plan that involves expanding the tournament field". They do not return to Lawrence for the start of second-semester classes until February 1. The playoff is set to take place April 18-May 15.

The council also lowered the maximum number of games a team can play in the shortened season.

"For NCAA championship consideration, all 13 games must be against another Division I opponent".

The NCAA's Division I Council on Wednesday announced that the 2020-21 college basketball season will begin November 25.

NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt told CBS Sports that if circumstances surrounding the coronavirus situation get worse, college basketball's season could be pushed back again. "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". He also covers football and recruiting.

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