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Friday Quickies: College Basketball Bubble Edition

The bubble could be coming to college basketball.

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NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“The Bubble” has been a perfect system, so far at-least, for the NBA and NHL. As both professional leagues resumed their 2020 season, each transitioned to a bubble-style format of which isolates the leagues’ players and nearly guarantees the availability as well as safety of the athletes to continue forward with their season.

For college basketball, a bubble system could potentially be held during the first three weeks of December.

Per Jeff Borzello, an event operator in Houston has proposed a bubble involving 20 teams that would allow college basketball programs to play an entire non-conference schedule in three weeks in December. At least 50 programs received the proposal as we inch closer and closer to the 2020-2021 season.

Borzello further explained how the bubble format would work for these three weeks of college basketball.

According to Carron’s plan, 20 teams would be invited to the bubble, split into two 10-team divisions. With most campuses ending fall semester before Thanksgiving break, the teams would quarantine as a group on their own campuses for seven days following the departure of the general student body, then quarantine in the bubble for three days upon arrival.

He adds that Carron says teams would be tested prior to their arrival at the bubble and then continuously tested during their time at the bubble, as would be the same case for their temperature.

Much like the NBA bubble, it would be a completely isolated format.

“Can college kids bubble for three months? Probably not. But I think they can do it for three weeks,” Carron said.

This is so spot on. And with a bubble-format appearing to be the only way we play a 2021 NCAA Tournament, it appears we’ll need to have several trial runs with bubbles throughout the regular season.

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