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College basketball: Schedule, latest COVID-19 news for the 2020-21 season

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7:30 pm, October 29, 2020

CBS Sports Classic location, tipoff times announced

On Thursday afternoon, it was announced that the CBS Sports Classic – a four-team, two-game event featuring North Carolina vs. Ohio State and Kentucky vs. UCLA – will be played on Saturday, Dec. 19 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. North Carolina-Ohio State will tip off at 2 p.m. ET, followed by Kentucky-UCLA.

Fan attendance continues to be evaluated, per the news release.

7:00 pm, October 29, 2020

Big 12 releases its men's basketball preseason poll

On Wednesday, the Big 12 announced its men's basketball preseason poll for the 2020-21 season.

Here are the results of the poll (first-place votes in parentheses):

  1. Baylor 79 (7)
  2. Kansas 73 (3)
  3. West Virginia 61
  4. Texas 58
  5. Texas Tech 53
  6. Oklahoma 39
  7. Oklahoma State 35
  8. Iowa State 19
  9. TCU 18
  10. Kansas State 15
5:05 pm, October 29, 2020

Pac-12 releases full 2020-21 men's basketball schedule

On Thursday, Oct. 29, the Pac-12 announced its full week-by-week men's college basketball schedule for the 2020-21 season. The league received approval in May 2019 to move to a 20-game conference slate beginning this season. The first conference game will be played Wednesday, Dec. 2 with the regular season concluding March 6-7.

Here is the full Pac-12 men's basketball schedule:

This is the 2020-21 Pac-12 men's basketball schedule. This is the full Pac-12 men's basketball schedule for the 2020-21 college basketball season.
5:52 pm, October 28, 2020

Villanova releases schedule for first nine games

On Wednesday, Villanova released its schedule for the first nine games of the season, starting with its appearance in the 2K Empire Classic, where the Wildcats are scheduled to play Wednesday, Nov. 25 and Thursday, Nov. 26. Arizona State, Baylor and Boston College will also compete in the event.

Here are the games that Villanova announced:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 25: 2K Empire Classic                                                                      
  • Thursday, Nov. 26: 2K Empire Classic                                                                
  • Monday, Nov. 30: vs. Saint Joseph's                                         
  • Thursday, Dec. 3: vs. Temple                                                                                   
  • Friday, Dec. 11: at Georgetown                                      
  • Monday, Dec. 14: vs. DePaul                                                                 
  • Wednesday, Dec. 16: vs. Butler                                                                   
  • Saturday, Dec. 19: vs. Virginia (Madison Square Garden)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23: at Marquette
12:26 pm, October 28, 2020

Big East announces preseason poll, all-conference honorees

On Wednesday morning, the Big East announced its men's basketball preseason coaches poll and other preseason accolades.

Villanova was picked to win the conference, just edging Creighton, as the Wildcats received nine first-place votes and 99 point total compared to Creighton's 91. The Bluejays received the other two first-place votes.

Creighton's Marcus Zegarowski was named the preseason Player of the Year and Marquette's Dawson Garcia was named preseason Freshman of the Year.

The Preseason All-Big East First Team includes Villanova's Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Providence's David Duke, DePaul's Charlie Moore and Seton Hall's Sandro Mamukelashvili.

3:16 pm, October 27, 2020

Bethune-Cookman opts out of all sports, including men's basketball

On Tuesday, Bethune-Cookman, which competes in the MEAC, announced that it is opting out of all sports for the 2020-21 school year, including men's basketball.

"In the face of a surging COVID-19 spike across much of the country and the State of Florida, we have concluded that the risks are too great for our student-athletes and staff to travel and compete at this time," President Chrite said in the release. "The health and safety of our student-athletes, as well as our coaches, staff and fans will always be our top priority." 

10:15 pm, October 26, 2020

Big 12 schedules announced for 2020-21 season

Kansas Athletics | Twitter Kansas basketball schedule

We are officially less than a month away from tip-off of the 2020-21 college basketball season on Nov. 25. Here's the latest news to know from Monday, Oct. 26.

  • The Big 12 released its full conference schedules for the 2020-21 men's and women's seasons.
    • The men's schedule begins Dec. 6 with Oklahoma at TCU. Each team will play two conference games before the holiday break. 
    • The women's schedule starts Dec. 2 with Iowa State at TCU. Each team will play two conference games before the holiday break. 
    • The men's Big 12 Championship is scheduled for March 10-13 in Kansas City at the T-Mobile Center. The women's championship is set for March 11-14 in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium.
  • UAB men's basketball announced its 2020-21 schedule.
    • The Blazers will play a 27-game regular season schedule, including nine non-conference games.
    • UAB's season-opener is Nov. 25 against Alcorn State. You can see the full schedule here.
  • South Dakota State topped the Summit League's men's preseason poll.
    • SDSU received 33 of 36 first-place votes to lead the conference's preseason media poll
    • Jackrabbits senior Douglas Wilson was voted the Preseason Player of the Year.
10:48 pm, October 25, 2020

The 2020-21 college basketball season begins one month from today

Ethan Miller | Getty Images Timmy Allen celebrates Utah's win over Kentucky.

Hello. It's Sunday, Oct. 25. The 2020-21 Division I men's and women's basketball seasons begin in 31 days.

Here's what you need to know one month before opening night.

  • The DI Council approved moving the start date of the 2020-21 season to Wednesday, Nov. 25.
    • Originally, it was scheduled to begin on Thursday, Nov. 10.
    • No exhibition games or scrimmages will be allowed before Nov. 25.
    • Practices opened on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
    • Andy Katz spoke with the NCAA's Dan Gavitt about the structure for this season.
  • There are three scheduling options for DI men's basketball teams.
    • 24 regular-season games and up to three games in one multi-team event (MTE).
    • 25 regular-season games and up to two games in one MTE.
    • 25 regular-season games without playing in a MTE. 
    • As part of a new blanket waiver approved for MTEs, men's teams can compete in up to two MTEs as long as they do not exceed 27 regular-season games.
  • There are two scheduling options for DI women's basketball teams.
    • 23 regular-season games and up to four additional games in one MTE.
    • 25 regular-season games without participating in a MTE.
  • Both men's and women's teams must play a minimum of 13 games against DI opponents to be considered for NCAA championship selection.
  • The NCAA Sport Science Institute updated its health and safety guidelines for the upcoming season.
  • Listed below are some other dates to remember.
    • Nov. 26, 2020: Wooden Legacy tournament
    • Nov. 30, 2020: The Maui Invitational begins
    • Dec. 29, 2020: SEC and Mountain West open their respective conference schedules
    • March 14, 2021: Selection Sunday
    • March 16, 2021: NCAA tournament opens with the First Four
    • April 3, 2021: The Final Four begins at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
9:21 pm, October 24, 2020

Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament schedule updated; USF added to field

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Friday that South Florida would replace Minnesota in the 2020 Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament, scheduled for Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 3-4.

USF will join the field of teams in the Naismith bracket, which also includes Rhode Island, Temple and Virginia Tech. Albany, Drexel, Long Island and Quinnipiac make up the Springfield bracket.

The eight-team tournament will be hosted at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Naismith bracket will play Nov. 28 and 29 while the Springfield bracket tips off Dec. 3 and 4. Game times and TV info will be released at a later date.

9:03 pm, October 23, 2020

Blanket waiver approved for men's basketball MTEs

On Friday, Oct. 23, the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee recommended a blanket waiver for multiple-team events, which has been NCAA staff approved. Here are a few things to note:

  • Scheduling: An additional four-day scheduling window has been added to the length of MTEs.
    • Events can end up to 14 days after the first competition if a team is playing three games. 
    • Events can end up to nine days after the first competition if a team is playing two games.
  • Same conference: Up to two schools from the same conference can compete in an event if they do not play.
    • Those programs can meet in the final game of an event if the event is bracketed.
  • Number of events: Schools can compete in up to two MTEs during the 2020-21 season as long as they do not exceed 27 regular-season games.

Click or tap here for the full release

The Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee is expected to consider similar waivers at its Nov. 4 meeting

4:45 pm, October 21, 2020

2021 SEC/Big 12 Challenge pairings announced

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, pairings for the 2021 SEC/Big 12 Men’s Basketball Challenge were announced. This is the eighth year of the event. All 10 games this year will be played on Saturday, Jan. 30. The event ended as a tie in 2020 after the Big 12 won in 2019.

Here are the 2021 pairings:

  • Auburn at Baylor  
  • Iowa State at Mississippi State
  • Kansas at Tennessee
  • Texas A&M at Kansas State  
  • Alabama at Oklahoma
  • Arkansas at Oklahoma State
  • TCU at Missouri
  • Texas at Kentucky
  • Texas Tech at LSU
  • Florida at West Virginia

Game times and broadcast information will be available at a later date.

10:47 pm, October 19, 2020

America East releases schedule details for men's and women's basketball

The America East Conference released key details Monday outlining its plans for the 2020-21 men's and women's basketball seasons, as well as other sports.

For basketball, the approved formats include:

  • A full double round-robin schedule of 18 conference games.
  • A schedule of weekend series where teams host the same opponent on consecutive days.
  • Conference play will start Dec. 19-20 with open weekends later in the season to accommodate any postponed games.
  • Preserving institutional discretion on playing non-conference games during the first three weeks of the season.

"We are universally committed to responsibly prepare an environment and schedule that safely positions each institution and the conference for basketball competition,” America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen said in Monday's press release. “We acknowledge this will be a unique season with many variables both within and outside of our control, but we will continue working with relevant stakeholder groups as we build towards a basketball season that prioritizes the health and safety of our teams and broader campus communities. While we continue moving forward with preparations, we are realistic that adaptation and flexibility are critical as conditions evolve in order to successfully navigate this season."

11:47 pm, October 14, 2020

Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic announces 2020 bracket

On Thursday, Oct. 14, the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic released a bracket for the 2020 event. The tournament will be held from Wednesday, Nov. 25 to Friday, Nov. 27 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. This is the event's first year being played.

Here is a look at the bracket:

This is the 2020 Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic bracket. This is the bracket for the 2020 Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic.
3:42 pm, October 14, 2020

First day of official practices: Live stream info

Today, Oct. 14, marks the first day that men's and women's college basketball teams can officially start holding team practices. Players can work up to 20 hours per week and up to four hours per day, with one off day per week, leading up to opening night on Nov. 25.

Some programs are providing fans inside access on Day 1 as teams return to the court. Here's how to follow live practices throughout the day:

  • Vanderbilt women's basketball has its first official practice at 11:30 a.m. ET. You can join the team live on Twitter or Facebook.
  • Oklahoma State men's basketball practice begins at 4:55 p.m. ET and can be streamed here at OKState.com.
  • You can tune into BYU men's basketball's first practice at 8 p.m. ET on BYUtv.
4:48 pm, October 14, 2020

Tampa, Phoenix to host Women's Final Four in 2025, 2026

The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee has chosen Tampa Bay in 2025 and Phoenix in 2026 to host the NCAA Women's Final Four. Here's a glance of the Women's Final Four host sites from 2021 to 2026:

NCAA Women's Final Four: 

  • 2021 - San Antonio (Alamodone) 
  • 2022 - Minneapolis (Target Center) 
  • 2023 - Dallas (American Airlines Center) 
  • 2024 - Cleveland (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse) 
  • 2025 - Tampa Bay (Amalie Arena) 
  • 2026 - Phoenix (Talking Stick Resort Arena) 

More details on Women's Final Four and regional future host sties found here

10:51 pm, October 11, 2020

Here are the important dates to know this season

NCAA.com has compiled all of the important dates for the men's basketball season in one place. Here are the dates you need to know for this season:

  • Sept. 21, 2020: This date marked the start of a transition period from out-of-season activities to preseason practice. This transition period will run through Oct. 13. During this period, teams can hold strength and conditioning activities, sport-related meetings and skill instruction up to 12 hours per week, with no more than eight hours per week of skill instruction.

  • Oct. 14, 2020: This is the first day of men's basketball preseason practices for the 2020-21 season, giving DI programs 42 days to hold a maximum of 30 practices. Players can work up to 20 hours per week and up to four hours per day, with one off day per week.

  • Nov. 25, 2020: On Sept. 16, the NCAA Division I Council approved Nov. 25 as the start date for the first men's basketball games of the season. The original start date for the first games of the season was Nov. 10.

  • Nov. 26, 2020: The Wooden Legacy begins. Teams in the field are: Georgetown, Kansas, UCLA and Virginia.

  • Nov. 30, 2020: The Maui Classic begins (in Asheville, NC). The field is Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

  • March 14, 2021: The 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket will be revealed on Selection Sunday, which falls on March 14, 2021.

  • March 16, 2021: The First Four will kick off, marking the first games of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

  • April 5, 2021: The 2021 national championship game will determine the men's basketball national champion.

1:28 pm, October 13, 2020

UConn-Notre Dame women’s basketball rivalry game postponed

On Oct. 12, UConn and Notre Dame women's basketball teams announced that they will not play against each other in the 2020-21 regular season. This will be the first time in seven years that the top rivalry in women's basketball will not happen. 

The game will be postponed due to the Irish needing to restructure their schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference rivals extended their series last year through the 2023-24 season, but has been pushed back a year. UConn will host the anticipated rivalry next season and in 2023-24. The Irish will host the games in the other two years. 

More details can be found here. 

10:52 pm, October 8, 2020

Maui Invitational 2020 bracket announced

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational released its bracket for the 2020 tournament to be held in Asheville, N.C. The multi-team event will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. These are the opening round matchups:

  • Texas vs. Davidson
  • Indiana vs. Providence
  • North Carolina vs. UNLV
  • Stanford vs. Alabama

Below is a view of the bracket:

This is the 2020 Maui Invitational bracket. Here is the bracket for the 2020 Maui Invitational.
10:41 pm, October 5, 2020

DI oversight committees maintain maximum contest limitations

The Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees on Monday reaffirmed their positions on reducing by four the maximum number of games that teams can play in the upcoming 2020-21 season.

In men's basketball, teams can compete in a maximum of:
  • 25 regular-season games if a team does not participate in a multiple-team event
  • 25 regular-season games and one multiple-team event that includes up to two games
  • 24 regular-season games and one multiple-team event that includes up to three games
In women's basketball, teams can compete in a maximum of:
  • 25 regular-season games if a team does not compete in a multiple-team event
  • 23 regular-season games and one multiple-team event that includes up to four games

The committees, which met virtually, discussed whether a blanket waiver should be applied to permit a school to participate in a maximum of 27 games with no multiple-team events, if certain conditions were met. They have indicated they are unlikely to support such waivers.

9:02 pm, October 1, 2020

MIAA (DII) announces basketball to tip off Nov. 18 and 19

 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced Thursday that its men's and women's basketball season will tip off on Nov. 18 and 19. This decision follows a Sept. 30 meeting by the MIAA CEO Council.

The Council noted concerns regarding recommendations on testing and travel as stated in the NCAA's Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Basketball. However, the MIAA plans to begin the season on Oct. 15. MIAA member Northwest Missouri State finished the 2019-20 season as the No. 1 men's basketball team in the NABC Coaches Poll.
 

8:42 pm, October 1, 2020

Gonzaga, Baylor schedule marquee non-conference game for Dec. 5

On Thursday, Gonzaga men's basketball released a statement announcing a non-conference game with Baylor for Saturday, Dec. 5. The game will be played at Bankers Life Field House in Indianapolis at 1 p.m. ET and air on CBS Sports. There will be no fans in attendance.

Both teams finished the 2019-20 season in the top 5 of the AP poll. Gonzaga and Baylor were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in Andy Katz's Power 36 rankings released Sept. 22 and received No. 1 seeds in Katz's first preseason bracket predictions for the 2021 NCAA tournament.

5:26 pm, September 25, 2020

NCAA announces college basketball health and safety guidelines

On Friday, the NCAA Sport Science Institute released its latest set of health and safety guidelines for the upcoming college basketball season. These guidelines are focused on testing, travel and bench area access. Here are some things you need to know:

  • Under these guidelines, the recommendation for COVID-19 testing is three times per week on nonconsecutive days.
    • The recommendation is to begin this testing cycle one week before competition
      • It would apply to Tier 1 individuals, which includes student athletes and essential basketball personnel in regular proximity to student athletes.
  • Travel considerations include:
    • Maximizing physical distancing and protocols that call for universal masking.
    • Alternative travel options such as chartering or a private vehicle.
    • Eating prepackaged foods and avoiding indoor restaurant dining.
    • Restricting travel party sizes
  • Recommendations for access to the bench include:
    • Separating the bench from all non-Tier 1 individuals.
    • Masking and physical distancing for Tier 2 personnel who need periodic access to student athletes and other Tier 1 personnel.

Click or tap here for the NCAA's complete resocialization standards for college basketball

4:10 pm, September 25, 2020

SEC announces basketball conference schedule plans

The SEC announced Friday start dates for its men's and women's basketball conference schedules. Here's what you need to know:

  • Men's basketball conference play will begin Dec. 29-30.
    • The SEC's plan is to have 20 possible play dates for an 18-game schedule and two open dates.
    • Ten schools will use one opening in late January for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
      • The remaining four programs will play league games that day.
  • Women's basketball will begin conference play on Dec. 31.
    • The league schedule is designed to fit 16 SEC games into 18 play dates. 

Schedules for SEC men's and women's basketball will be announced at a later date.

11:36 pm, September 24, 2020

Pac-12 basketball will start on Nov. 25

The Pac-12 announced Thursday, Sept. 24, that its 2020-21 men's and women's basketball season will begin Wednesday, Nov. 25. This decision was reached following a vote by the conference’s CEOs earlier in the day. The Pac-12 will begin its basketball season consistent with the NCAA's official start date.

Specific details for both schedules will be released in the near future. On Aug. 11, the league previously postponed all athletic competition until Jan. 1, 2021.

“From the beginning of this crisis, our focus has been on following the science, data and counsel of our public health and infectious disease experts,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release.  “Our agreement with Quidel to provide daily rapid-results testing has been a game-changer in enabling us to move forward with confidence that we can create a safe environment for our student-athletes while giving them the opportunity to pursue their dreams. At the same time, we will continue to monitor health conditions and data and be ready to adjust as required in the name of the health of all.”

7:20 pm, September 19, 2020

Battle 4 Atlantis cancels 2020 event due to COVID-19

The 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis has been canceled. The Battle 4 Atlantis will resume in 2021.

On Friday, the 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis was canceled due to COVID-19. The event has been held annually since 2011 and is scheduled to return to The Bahamas for tournament's tenth anniversary in 2021.

1:18 am, September 19, 2020

NCAA's Gavitt, Holzman talk NCAA tournament plans, season start date

NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt and NCAA Vice President of Women's Basketball Lynn Holzman talked with Andy Katz on Friday, Sept. 18 about upcoming men's and women's seasons now starting on Nov. 25.

Here are some highlights from their conversations:

  • Both Gavitt and Holzman said the plan remains to hold NCAA tournaments with the same field size (68 for men, 64 for women). They also said the plans include the Final Four sites of Indianapolis for the men and San Antonio for the women. 
  • "As of today, we are planning and continue to plan to have our championship with the full field," Holzman said.
  • Gavitt said the decision to move the start of the season to Nov. 25 came about from two big reasons: testing and the fact that about 75 percent of DI institutions will either be done with the fall semester or will have moved to online instruction and exams by that date. He also emphasized the importance of getting student-athletes physically and mentally ready for the season.
  • Gavitt said the four-game minimum for nonconference games is a recommendation and not a requirement. He added that if teams play nonconference games, that will add "cross-pollination" to help the committee when it comes to making NCAA tournament selections and comparing teams, even if they're in different conferences. Even with teams playing fewer and possibly unequal numbers of nonconference games, the committee will find ways to look at teams. It's about adjustment — the best at-large teams will be selected from a variety of factors and the teams will be seeded accordingly.

You can watch the entire interviews here:

 

 

4:44 pm, September 18, 2020

2020 Maui Invitational to be played in North Carolina

The Maui Jim Maui Invitational has announced that the 2020 tournament will be played in Asheville, N.C. This is the first time the event will take place in the contiguous United States during its 37-year history.

Tournament dates and matchups have not yet been announced. These are the teams expected to participate:

  • Alabama
  • Davidson
  • Indiana
  • North Carolina
  • Providence
  • Stanford
  • Texas
  • UNLV
4:27 pm, September 17, 2020

MAAC reveals 2020-21 college basketball scheduling model

On Wednesday, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference revealed its schedule model for the 2020-21 men's and women's college basketball season. This announcement comes a day after the DI Council approved a Nov. 25 start date for the season. Here's what you need to know:

  • The MAAC is planning to play a 22-game league schedule this season.
    • Conference play is slated to open Tuesday, Dec. 8 for the men and Wednesday, Dec. 9 for the women.
      • Men's basketball will play league games on Tuesdays and Fridays.
      • Women's basketball will play league games on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
        • The last week in February has been left open as a COVID-19 make up.
  • The first two weeks of the season are both for non-conference matchups.
    • There is also a third non-conference availability on Dec. 22-23.
  • The MAAC Championships are slated to be held from March 9-13. 
10:40 pm, September 16, 2020

DI Council: Men’s and women’s basketball seasons to start Nov. 25

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the Division I Council approved moving the start date of the college basketball season to Wednesday, Nov 25. The new start date was approved following recommendations from the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees.

According to the committees, this move was designed to begin competition "when at least three-quarters of Division I institutions will have either concluded their fall terms or moved remaining instruction and exams online creating a more controlled and less populated campus environment that may reduce the risk of COVID-19 ..."

Here are some of the schedule changes made for the 2020-21 season:

  • Programs can begin preseason practice on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
    • This is a 42-day window to conduct 30 practices at most.
  • Exhibitions and scrimmages before Nov. 25 will not be allowed.
  • There are three scheduling options in DI men's basketball.
    • 24 regular-season games and up to three games in one multi-team event.
    • 25 regular-season games and up to two games in one multi-team event.
    • 25 regular-season games without playing in a multi-team event. 
  • There are two scheduling options in DI women's basketball.
    • 23 regular-season games and up to four additional games in one multi-team event.
    • 25 regular-season games without participating in a multi-team event.
  • Teams must play a minimum of 13 games against DI opponents to be considered for NCAA championship selection.
  • A transition period will take place from Sept. 21 to Oct. 13 between out-of-season activity and preseason practice.
    • Teams may partake in conditioning, sport-related meetings and skill instruction for up to 12 hours a week.
      • Skill instruction may not exceed eight hours a week. Athletes must receive two days per week during this period.

“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 the 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.”

10:06 pm, September 16, 2020

Katz: Division I men's college basketball season to start Nov. 25

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, NCAA.com correspondent Andy Katz reported that the Division I men's college basketball season will begin Wednesday, Nov. 25. Here's what we know from Katz:

  • Practice can begin on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
  • Teams will not be able to play more than 27 regular season games.
    • That is a four-game decrease from 2019.
    • Programs must also play a minimum of 13 regular season games.
  • There will not be any exhibitions or scrimmages played.
  • The Division I Council recommended a minimum of four non-conference games.

We expect to know more details on this as well as information on the start of the DI women's basketball season later today.

4:45 pm, September 16, 2020

We're waiting for a big basketball update today

The NCAA Division I Council will meet today, Sept. 16, and the Council is expected to announce a start date for the basketball season, among other announcements. The 2020-21 season was originally scheduled to start Nov. 10, 2020, however, the start date could be pushed to later in November or December.

The DI Council meeting started at 1 p.m. ET. You can see a list of all NCAA meetings here.

NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt has previously said the NCAA is currently not considering plans to expand the NCAA tournament field.

"We're not worried about the tournament, it's going to happen," March Madness correspondent Andy Katz has said. "You can book it."

Gonzaga coach Mark Few told Katz that he would like to see the season start sometime around Thanksgiving.

"I would just love to see it start in that window that all of us will have across college basketball, from either right around Thanksgiving or a little before or a little after," Few said.

8:56 pm, September 12, 2020

Purdue's Painter, Texas' Smart and Dayton's Grant discuss potential season start date

NCAA.com's Andy Katz held a roundtable video discussion with Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter, Texas coach Shaka Smart and Dayton coach Anthony Grant ahead of the Division I Council meeting on Sept. 16.

When asked when he'd like to see the season start, Painter — who is part of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee — mentioned the end of November, citing it as "a comfort zone when most schools are getting out."

Grant wants to fully understand the ramifications of a late November start and how it could affect his team's schedule and NCAA tournament evaluation at the end of the season. 

"Give me the rules of the race before I tell you what race I want to run," Grant said.

1:15 pm, September 10, 2020

NCAA's Dan Gavitt says the tournament is not expanding

NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt said on Thursday the NCAA is not considering a plan to expand the tournament field. You can read the full statement below: 

Gavitt's statement came after ACC men's basketball coaches shared a proposal that the NCAA allow all Division I schools to participate in the 2021 NCAA basketball tournament. There are 357 Division I programs in the country and 346 of those are eligible to play in next year’s tournament.

Gavitt said in August that he and NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees, will provide an update and recommendations on a start date for the 2020-21 college basketball season in mid-September.  The DI Council is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Sept. 16. 

3:38 pm, September 9, 2020

Kentucky's Calipari, Michigan State's Izzo, Gonzaga's Few talk the start of the season

March Madness correspondent Andy Katz held a roundtable video conference with Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Gonzaga coach Mark Few. "We're not worried about the tournament, it's going to happen," Katz said at the start. "You can book it."

When asked when he would like to see the college basketball season start, Few highlighted the week of Thanksgiving.

"I would just love to see it start in that window that all of us will have across college basketball, from either right around Thanksgiving or a little before or a little after," Few said.

"Outside of the the NBA and NASA, it's probably about as safe as you could hope for," Few said, regarding having his team on an otherwise empty campus.

 

 

11:00 pm, September 2, 2020

NCAA President Emmert: Highest priority is winter and spring sports

NCAA President Mark Emmert said winter and spring sports are the NCAA's highest priority after both missed out on championships in 2020 due to the coronavirus. This statement came during an announcement in which Emmert said the NCAA would not hold DI fall championships this year.

Emmert's full conversation with Andy Katz, which was published Aug. 13, is available below:

9:24 pm, September 2, 2020

NCAA 'confident' we'll have a women's basketball season, championship

NCAA Vice President of Women’s Basketball Lynn Holzman told NCAA.com's Andy Katz on Sept. 2 she's “confident that we will have a season, and certainly will have a championship."

Holzman's statement comes after Dan Gavitt announced that an update on a start date for college basketball could come in mid-September. You can watch Holzman's full interview with Katz and Division I Women’s Basketball Committee chair Nina King above.

10:15 pm, September 2, 2020

We expect to know soon when the season will start

We're getting closer to the mid-September time the NCAA's Dan Gavitt told us we'd know more about when the men's and women's college basketball season will begin — and what it will look like when it does. 

Gavitt, the NCAA Senior VP of Basketball, said last month that he and NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees, will provide an update and recommendations on a start date for the 2020-21 college basketball season in mid-September. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the DI Council is scheduled to meet.

"By mid-September, we will provide direction about whether the season and practice start on time or a short-term delay is necessitated by the ongoing pandemic," Gavitt said in an August statement. "We recognize that we are living and operating in an uncertain time, and it is likely that mid-September will be just the first milestone for many important decisions pertaining to the regular season and the NCAA basketball championships."

The men's college basketball season was originally scheduled to begin Nov. 10. 

9:56 pm, September 2, 2020

Pac-12 Conference postpones basketball through the end of 2020

On August 11, the Pac-12 Conference announced that it postponed all sports competition through the end of the calendar year. This decision will sideline the conference's men's and women's basketball programs until at least Jan. 1. According to the release, the league state that when COVID-19 conditions improve, it will consider a return to competition for affected sports after Jan. 1, 2021.

“Ultimately, our decision was guided by science and a deep commitment to the health and welfare of student-athletes. We certainly hope that the Pac-12 will be able to return to competition in the New Year," Oregon president Michael H. Schill said in the release.

9:46 pm, September 2, 2020

Ivy League postponement means no basketball this fall

On July 8, the Ivy League became the first athletic conference to announce it would not hold athletic competition during the fall semester. Under this ruling, Ivy League men's and women's basketball would not be able to begin play until the conclusion of the academic term.

“As a leadership group, we have a responsibility to make decisions that are in the best interest of the students who attend our institutions, as well as the faculty and staff who work at our schools. These decisions are extremely difficult, particularly when they impact meaningful student-athlete experiences that so many value and cherish," according to a joint statement from the Ivy League Council of Presidents.

2:41 pm, September 3, 2020

The men's March Madness schedule, as of right now

Here is the 2021 men's March Madness schedule, as it stands right now. The NCAA's Dan Gavitt said last month the NCAA is considering many options on how to hold the tournament safely. So these dates can change, but there's where we stand right now:

  • Selection Sunday: March 14
  • First Four: March 16-17
  • First Round: March 18-19
  • Second Round: March 20-21
  • Sweet 16: March 25-26
  • Elite Eight: March 27-28
  • Final Four (national semifinals): April 3, in Indianapolis
  • National Championship: April 5, in Indianapolis
7:02 pm, September 4, 2020

The tentative NCAA women's basketball tournament schedule

Here's a glance at the 2021 NCAA women's basketball tournament schedule. NCAA VP Lynn Holzman said she is confident there will be a tournament and a championship, but the committee is still looking at different options to ensure the safety of all student-athletes. 

  • Selection Show: March 15 
  • First Round: March 19-20
  • Second Round: March 21-22
  • Albany Regional: TBD
  • Austin Regional: TBD
  • Cincinnati Regional: TBD
  • Spokane Regional: TBD
  • Women's Final Four: April 2, in San Antonio 
  • National Championship: April 4, in San Antonio