What the 2020-21 college basketball season will look like remains to be seen, but today, we should at least find out when it will start.
The NCAA Division I Council will meet today to vote on a starting date for both the men’s and women’s basketball seasons, along with a series of guidelines to help conferences and teams build their schedules. Currently, the men’s season is set to begin on Tuesday, November 10, but the council is expected to push that date to either Saturday, November 21 or Wednesday, November 25. Why delay? Most colleges are electing to keep students at home Thanksgiving through Christmas, creating the ideal isolated environment for teams to play games while avoiding the coronavirus. The council is also expected to change the minimum and maximum number of games a team is required to play to be considered for the NCAA Tournament, approve changes to allow coaches to work with players eight hours per week starting September 21, and discuss testing requirements for the season. It’s quite a loaded agenda.
What does this mean for you as a Kentucky Basketball fan? We’re still a ways off from getting the complete 2020-21 schedule, but with a start date in hand, the folks at the SEC and UK now have the framework to build it. Based off Jon Rothstein’s report yesterday, I’d expect a Champions Classic bubble in Orlando to be one of the first events to be announced.
Here’s what else is happening…
The BBN took over the NBA Playoffs
Have you seem Bam’s block yet? If not, stop what you’re doing and watch the play that was the talk of the sports world last night:
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) September 16, 2020
Against a Dukie, nonetheless! Magic Johnson even doled out praise on Twitter:
Bam Adebayo’s block on Jayson Tatum’s dunk attempt was the best defensive play I’ve seen ever in the playoffs!!!!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 16, 2020
The Heat took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals 117-114. Bam finished with 18 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds, and fellow former Cat Tyler Herro wasn’t shabby either, coming up just shy of a triple double with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists. This dish to Bam for the go-ahead dunk was also fantastic:
Herro to Bam in OT ? pic.twitter.com/kzekssrMLL
— NBA TV (@NBATV) September 16, 2020
Following the Bam and Bucket Show, the Denver Nuggets knocked off the LA Clippers 104-89 to advance to the Western Conference Finals thanks to a game-high 40 points from Jamal Murray. Afterwards, Murray, sporting a UK t-shirt, called out everyone who wrote the Nuggets off after they were down 3-1 in the series:
— AltitudeTV (@AltitudeTV) September 16, 2020
The Nuggets will take on the Lakers Friday night at 9 p.m.
Who’s standing out at camp?
Eddie Gran chatted with the media on Zoom last night and said three guys on offense are living up to his “Make me play you” challenge: wide receivers DeMarcus Harris and Bryce Oliver and true freshman running back JuTahn McClain. Gran’s been high on McClain all camp, and doubled down last night, telling reporters, “He’s a guy that everyday he brings it. He’s a guy that could be tough to leave off the field.”
For more from Gran and the offense, check out Nick’s notes from last night.
A(nother) announcement from the Big Ten?
The Big Ten has made a big ole mess, but an announcement regarding their plans for playing this fall is supposedly coming today, maybe even this morning, a source tells The Athletic. Yesterday, Brett McMurphy reported that the league’s first option is to play an eight-game schedule beginning in October, with the entire season being played in nine weeks, finishing just ahead of the final College Football Playoff rankings. I guess we’ll find out for certain soon.
So much audio and visual content
Earlier this week, Fake Barney and I finished Season 3 of “Friday Night Lights” on The OTT Podcast. Yesterday, The Macks reunited for a new show and soon, Matt’s interview with Steve Zahn will drop on the Matt Jones Podcast feed. Tonight at 9 p.m., the Lemonds will also check in to tell us how they’re doing on the latest “Love Lines With Lemond.” If you’re looking for things to either watch or listen to and coming up empty, clearly you’re not refreshing the KSR Network because it’s loaded with content.
It’s Wingsday at KSBar
Today at KSBar, we’re offering our best special of the week: 25 wings for $20. There’s also trivia tonight and a Reds game (which means we’ll have our Reds gameday specials), so call (859) 554-6081 to save your spot before the tables are all gone. As you can see, the wings are worth it:
— COACH OUSLEY (@bradyousley) September 15, 2020
KSR Dog of the Day
Murphy is rocking that UK hoodie.
It’s McCreary County Day
The KSR spotlight moves to the southeast part of the state for today’s show, which starts one hour from now.