NCAA approves November 25 as college hoops start date

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Neither South Carolina basketball program has released a schedule for the 2020-21 season, as Staley and Martin, along with coaches across the country, waited to see how much, if at all, the season would be affected by COVID-19. "We've been committed to training safely, and we're thrilled to now have a start date to work towards".

Men's teams can schedule 24 or 25 regular-season games in addition to one multiple-team event.

Another change prohibits games or practices on the first Tuesday after November 1 every year, including this Election Day on November 3.

But for the players, there's still high anticipation to get back to work and play the game they love.

With the Aggies proximity to out-of-conference foes and ever-strengthening reputation as one of the top mid-major schools in the nation, scheduling at least four non-conference games should not be a challenge, keeping NM State's potential streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances alive. However, no exhibition games or closed scrimmages will be allowed before the start of the regular season.

Despite many fall sports postponing competition in its entirety until the spring semester, the NCAA elected to push the men's and women's college basketball start date back just two weeks from its original November 10 start date, citing the conclusion or complete move to online instruction and testing for the fall semester for students at over three-quarters of Division I schools.

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The release continued: "The maximum number of contests was reduced by four, given that the season will start 15 days later than originally scheduled".

According to the NCAA, teams will be considered "for NCAA championship selection if they play 13 games, which represents a 50 percent reduction of the current minimum". Men's and women's teams will be allowed to play as many as 27 regular-season games, including a recommendation for at least four nonconference games.

"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 a statement. "It is a grand compromise of sorts and a unified approach that focuses on the health and safety of student-athletes competing toward the 2021 Division I basketball championships". Gavitt has said that the NCAA is still planning for the NCAA tournament to proceed as scheduled, with 68 teams and 14 sites in March and April.

However, until that point, there will be a transition period beginning September 21 that will allow players to prepare for the upcoming season. This transition period is created to provide additional time for players to prepare for the upcoming season based on the mental and physical challenges basketball players are facing as a result of the pandemic. This extension, however, means that the early signing periods in basketball (Nov. 11-18) and football (starts December 16) will occur during the dead period.

Beginning Sept. 21 and running through October 13, coaches will be allowed to work with their teams for 12 hours per week during what the NCAA is calling "a transition period".

Giving players and coaches Election Day off was a large part of a recent voter registration initiative, held by Boise State men's team and spearheaded by assistant coach Mike Burns. On the men's side, teams can play a maximum of 25 regular season games, or 24 if they participate in a tournament that includes up to three games.

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