Both the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball oversight committees agreed for a November 25 start of college basketball season. Also, the date is a day before Thanksgiving in the United States. According to basketball betting sources, both parties agreed on the date.
The committees will send the proposal to the Division I Council that will meet on September 16. The Council will vote on the date. However, sports betting fans should expect the date to change depending on the health conditions and status of the coronavirus pandemic.
If COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the nation, then the NCAA would have no choice but to delay the college basketball season. The committees were contemplating on four start dates. Although they agreed on November 25, some people want to have a November 10 start date.
Start of College Basketball Season
Many college administrators wanted November 10 to be the start of college basketball season. Some basketball betting prediction sources stated that the Pac-12 asked for a December 4 start date. However, they called for that date when the NCAA was thinking of postponing the basketball season until January. According to anonymous sources, Pac-12 agrees with the November 25 date.
Most of the debate at the committee level tackled in-person workout hours and the amount of practice allowed. If the season starts on November 25, then preseason would begin on October 14.
The Council needs to come up with the details about team practices and how the games will be held. Also, it is a complicated issue because some state governments don’t allow schools to open their athletic facilities to students.
Also, the Council needs to set the minimum and maximum games allowed for the season. Every conference will start with in-league play. If there are non-conference matches, then the NCAA needs to decide on the timeline.