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NCAA College basketball season to kick off Nov. 25

Feb, 16, 2020; Wichita, Kansas, USA;  during an AAC matchup between the Wichita State Shockers and Tulane Green Wave at Charles Koch Arena  ©Kelly Ross
Feb, 16, 2020; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during an AAC matchup between the Wichita State Shockers and Tulane Green Wave at Charles Koch Arena ©Kelly Ross(KWCH)
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 4:52 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Multiple national reports suggest that the official start of the season for NCAA Division I basketball will be Nov. 25. This would be about two weeks from the original start date, but still allow teams to schedule up to 27 games prior to the postseason, only three less than usual.

The minimum number of games for consideration for the NCAA Tournament was cut from 25 to 13.

Once the start date is established, conferences can make decisions and individual programs can begin putting together schedules. The late November start is preferred because students will be away from campuses for the Thanksgiving break. Practices can start on Oct. 14, six weeks prior to the first games.

A note for Wichita State and Kansas State is that exhibition games won’t be allowed. That means this year’s charity game scheduled for the Shockers and Wildcats would be out.

You can read further information on the NCAA’s plan with the upcoming college basketball season here: Details for 2020-2021 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball season.

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