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NCAA approves Nov. 25 start date for college basketball

Get ready to mark your calendars, because college basketball is coming back. The NCAA’s Division I council has approved Wednesday, Nov. 25 as the official start date for the resumption of college hoops, according to several reports.

Basketball analyst Jeff Goodman began reporting the approval while the organization’s meeting was “still ongoing” at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday. John Rothstein tweeted the “decision is in” at 5:24, according to his sources. Pat Forde added his sources say the council approved the Nov. 25 date over the Nov. 21 option.

Let’s play ball.


This article will be updated if and when more information becomes available.

UPDATE, 6:10 p.m. – Jeff Goodman is also reporting the Council has voted to reduce the total number of games to 27, down four from a normal season. Teams will be able to spend 12 hours a week training (eight on the court) beginning on Sept. 21, while team practices can begin on Oct. 14.

The NCAA still has not released an official announcement.

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m. – The recruiting dead period is expected to be extended until Jan. 1, 2020, according to Goodman. That will also include complimentary tickets to games. Athletes will also be free from all athletic-related responsibilities (practices, games, meetings, etc.) on the first Tuesday after Nov. 1 every year, including the upcoming Election Day on Nov. 3, 2020.

UPDATE, 7:15 p.m. – Inside the NCAA published an official announcement, confirming no exhibition games can be played before Nov. 25. It also confirms the date applies to both men’s and women’s basketball.

Article written by Maggie Davis

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9 Comments for NCAA approves Nov. 25 start date for college basketball



  1. CJKAssassin123
    6:37 pm September 16, 2020 Permalink

    Well that sucks that means we start the year with the Champions classic instead of a couple of warm up games.



  2. FloridaCat88
    6:52 pm September 16, 2020 Permalink

    Ncaa jus granted another waiver. What the hell is going on lol?



    • CJKAssassin123
      7:24 pm September 16, 2020 Permalink

      It probably an SEC thing I think the NCAA has granted him his wavier but the SEC has yet to approve it similar to Gatewood’s situation. The NCAA can’t officially approve the wavier for Sarr until it gets approved by the SEC first. The SEC take longer to approve certain wavier applications because they are thier sweet time investigating each case based on the circumstances of each wavier request. The virus is also probably playing a factor. We will probably here something in mid to late October or early November.



  3. Section233
    10:18 pm September 16, 2020 Permalink

    Fans in Rupp?



    • mashman 93
      10:38 pm September 16, 2020 Permalink

      I hope so,but I’m afraid they take the NBA bubble and copy it to the letter. Hope to heck I am wrong. GO CATS!!!!



    • CJKAssassin123
      11:08 am September 17, 2020 Permalink

      That actually is what the NCAA is leaning towards unfortunately. Don’t expect any games to be played at Rupp this season. Every game will be played with in a bubble format. The SEC will also likely take place within a bubble format from one location(probably Nashville).



  4. Section233
    10:18 pm September 16, 2020 Permalink

    20% or whatever or we doing a bubble- does anyone know. Any rumors out there



  5. CahillsCrossingNT
    7:20 am September 17, 2020 Permalink

    Kentucky will go nowhere either way so it doesn’t matter.



  6. Megan
    11:14 am September 17, 2020 Permalink

    So players in a bubble can’t take in-person classes, right?

    Football teams can’t play in a bubble, and they’re going to suffer, along with the rest of us.