The NCAA recently announced that men’s and women’s college basketball seasons will be starting Nov. 25, with limitations on how many games they can play.
The start date was originally going to be Nov. 10, but it was decided that moving it back would allow for a more controlled and safe environment.
Preseason practices will be allowed to start on Oct. 14, and a maximum of 30 practices will be allowed in the 42 days between then and the start of the season.
In an announcement video, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt said this new date is the best solution that considers the health of student-athletes.
“The new season start date near the Thanksgiving holiday provides the optimal opportunity to successfully launch the basketball season,” Gavitt said. “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.”
Along with changes to the start date, the fall championships were moved to spring.
As a result of the pushback, the maximum number of games has been reduced by four, resulting in an allowance of up to 27 regular-season games for teams to play. Until the season starts, the NCAA is not allowing any exhibition or closed scrimmage games.
Those interested in learning more can visit the NCAA’s website.