While the NCAA is still in the process of finalizing its plans for the college basketball regular season – November 25 is seen as the likely start date, with bubble-like environments on the table – March Madness is still scheduled as planned. For now, at least.
According to college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, the NCAA is currently planning for an on-time start to postseason play in March.
“While extenuating circumstances due to COVID-19 can change things, the NCAA is still planning to play the 2021 NCAA Tournament in March and early April,” Rothstein said. “Not move it to later dates in the calendar.”
Sources: While extenuating circumstances due to COVID-19 can change things, the NCAA is still planning to play the 2021 NCAA Tournament in March and early April and not move it to later dates in the calendar.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 5, 2020
To begin the month of August, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt told NCAA.com’s Andy Katz of NCAA.com that while things are up in the air elsewhere in the world of sports due to the coronavirus, the organization is moving forward as planned.
In his own words, Gavitt said that as long as basketball is being played safely anywhere in the world, they’ll find a way to play college basketball.
“As long as basketball is being played safely anywhere in the world this season, we’ll be playing NCAA college basketball as well, both regular season and certainly the tournament in 2021,” said Gavitt.
We missed the magic of March Madness this past year, but the NCAA is doing whatever it takes to make sure fans don’t miss out again in 2021.