The basketball seasons for college students 2020-21 for men and women may begin on November 25, sources told ESPN.
The NCAA Division I board voted Wednesday to postpone the start of the season until the day before Thanksgiving. In the last few weeks, discussions have focused on waiting for the range from November 21st to November 25th for the season to begin. NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavit said last week at a webinar with athletic directors and other staff at sports colleges that November 25 is under consideration as campuses across the country will end their fall semester.
“By Thanksgiving week, November 25, 76% of all schools in Division I will have completed their full fall semester or will launch a general student body for personal training,”
With a student dormitory for the entire month of December and early January, it provides at least a six-week window for the college basketball season to begin.
The season was originally expected to begin on November 10 with the Men’s Championship Classic featuring Duke, Michigan, Kansas and Kentucky. It is not clear when or how the events at the beginning of the season and the non-conference games planned for the first two weeks of the season will take place. Bubbles and a “controlled environment,” as Gavit mentioned last week, are being considered for a number of tournaments outside the conference, ESPN sources said.
The date of November 25 is only a guide to the start date, as conferences and individual schools will make adjustments to fit into the Division I Council’s plan for the season.
Gavit said the NCAA still plans the NCAA tournament to continue on schedule with 68 teams and 14 venues in March and April.