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Friday Quickies: Hope for College Basketball Edition

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If COVID-19 gets worse, the NCAA isn’t going to roll over that easy.

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It was just four months ago when Kentucky and every other college basketball program saw their season unexpectedly come to an end due to COVID-19. So, four months away from the upcoming season, will we have a college basketball season this fall?

If we do, will it even start on time? Thankfully, someone well-connected to college basketball is “confident” we’ll see the season start on time.

Per Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, NCAA Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt is confident the season will begin without any holdups.

With the first week of games being four months away, the NCAA of course has plenty of time to strategize a COVID-19 battle plan and be ready to change course if the virus presents any road blocks. Even looking into March Madness next spring, the Final Four will be held in Indianapolis where the NCAA is headquartered and Gavitt specifically said he’s confident the NCAA could hold a safe ending to the season there.

“Our confidence about doing that safely for the players, coaches, fans and media is high,” Gavitt said. “The contingencies we’ve talked about so far are really around what everybody’s having to consider. Obviously practicing social distancing, reduce capacity in the venues, even safety considerations around the court, in locker rooms and all the things that we’re going to have to do in a very detailed way — testing for sure. Even with hotels and team travel and all those kinds of things.”

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What a year this was!

Quickies

Big Ten moving to conference-only model for all sports this fall - ESPN

Will the SEC be next?

Browns appear to be out of the bidding for Jadeveon Clowney - Yahoo! Sports

Seattle and Tennessee remain the favorites.

Brooklyn Nets sign veteran Michael Beasley as substitute player - ESPN

Some familiar faces are returning to the NBA for this special season.

What a 2020 All-SEC Football Schedule could look like for UK - Kentucky Sports Radio

Kentucky could go from seven home games to five.

Zion Williamson’s stepfather took $400K payment, court filing alleges - ESPN

There’s a lot of “fishy” here.

Roundtable: The most important football game on UK’s schedule - Cats Illustrated

What games does Kentucky have to win?

NCAA VP of Basketball confident things will begin on schedule - Kentucky Sports Radio

We can only hope for the best.