Men’s Basketball | Photo by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian
After so much uncertainty surrounding college basketball this season, the 2020-21 season can officially start on November 25 for men’s and women’s college basketball.
The NCAA Division I Council had a vote on September 16 to delay the start of the season until November 25 at the earliest.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that it will start on exactly November 25, but this date is a guideline for schools and conferences to work around.
“By Thanksgiving week, the date of Nov. 25, 76% of all Division-I schools will have either finished their fall semester completely or released the general student body for in-person instruction,” said NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt.
It is still unclear if teams will play non-conference games, and how many games the season will be.
March Madness with 68 teams is still set for the same date and locations as of now, so the college season will most likely be a reduced amount of games.
Having a controlled environment or a bubble for teams to play in is still something that is under consideration according to Gavitt.
College basketball coaches, players and fans can all breathe a sigh of relief with this great news.
WSU has not yet released a plan for the 2020-2021 basketball season but remains committed to keeping the safety of athletes as the top priority.
“Today’s vote by the NCAA Division I Council is the starting point for planning. Now that the November 25 date has been determined, the Horizon League and others can begin crafting what the 2020-21 basketball seasons will look like,” said WSU Director of Athletics Bob grant. “We’ll continue to move forward – always keeping the health and safety of our student-athletes as our main priority.”
Men’s Head Basketball Coach Scott Nagy expressed his excitement for the upcoming season.
“We are thankful to receive clarity from the NCAA about an official start date,” said Nagy. “We know there is still a lot of work to be done but we are excited and optimistic about the upcoming season.”