College basketball is back! 2020-21 season to start Nov. 25, per SI

Dwayne Cohill (#35) and the rest of the Dayton Flyers’ men’s and women’s basketball teams will be getting back to work soon, with the 2020-21 college basketball season set to begin Nov. 25. Photo courtesy of Griffin Quinn/Flyer News.

Peter Burtnett
Sports Editor

In a day that will be long remembered in college athletics, the NCAA has set Nov. 25 as the start date for the 2020-21 college basketball season.

First reported by Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated, the decision made by the NCAA Division I Council was reportedly down to the week of Nov. 21-25 before selecting Nov. 25.

The new date is just 3-4 weeks after what would have been the regular start time in early November, and teams will be able to begin practice 42 days before the new start date. For Dayton women’s basketball coach Shauna Green and men’s coach Anthony Grant, practices could begin as early as Oct. 14.

This means in just under one month, the basketball teams will be preparing for an encore to an A10 regular season title each, along with an A10 Tournament championship for the women’s team.

On the day where the Big Ten announced their return to playing football this fall and a day after the men’s and women’s basketball teams released their 2020-21 rosters, Flyers basketball fans finally have a day to look forward to to see their beloved teams back on the court.

Further details on medical protocols and scheduling will be released at a later time, but for now, it looks like college basketball is back.

For details on Grant’s outlook for the season from last Tuesday’s March Madness 365 podcast hosted by Andy Katz, check out this link.

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