The 2020/21 college basketball season is going to take place despite the challenges caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The news was confirmed on Wednesday by NCAA Division I Council.
According to the Council’s decision, college basketball will return on November 25th, two weeks later than usual. Teams will not be able to held scrimmages or play exhibition games before that.
The unusual circumstances of this season will result in a smaller number of tournaments and cause teams to play fewer games. The minimum amount of games that teams must play in order to be NCAA tournament-eligible is 13 while the max is set on 27 games.
Reportedly, NCAA is currently considering staging eight tournaments in a bubble setting early in the college season. The organization would follow the NBA’s example, and games would be played at Disney World in Orlando.
The outlook of the NCAA men’s tournament is still unsettled, although the division’s leadership expressed hopes to have 68 teams play in 14 different locations. If this isn’t possible, this tournament could also be held in a bubble setting.
The 2019/20 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season concluded prematurely due to the COVID-19 outbreak and all postseason tournaments were canceled.