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College basketball season will begin November 25th

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We now know when the 2020-21 college basketball season will tip-off.

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It’s official. There will indeed be a 2020-21 college basketball season, as the NCAA decided it will start on November 25th, according to Jon Rothstein. He also reports the start of practice will be six weeks prior to the initial start date on October 14th.

This comes after November 21st seemed to be the target date for several weeks, which would’ve been just an 11-day delay from the original start to the Kentucky Wildcats’ season

Instead, the NCAA has opted for the 25th, which is good news for Kentucky, as the initial planned date of the 21st would have been the same Saturday the Wildcats’ football team plays at Alabama. Now, the basketball team will open its season in the middle of the week, as the 25th is the last Wednesday of November.

With this date, Kentucky will have at least three games either moved to a different date or completely taken off the original schedule, including the Champions Classic.

There is a chance they still take on Kansas and even the other Champions Classic participants in Michigan State and Duke, as rumors have linked a Champions Classic bubble in Orlando that would feature all four teams’ squaring off.

The decision is a good sign that the NCAA feels the proper coronavirus testing and contact tracing resources will be available to make for a safe and legitimate 2020-21 college basketball season.

2020-21 UK Basketball Schedule

  • Kansas – Nov. 10 | United Center (Chicago) | Champions Classic
  • Georgia State – Nov. 20 | Rupp Arena
  • Richmond – Nov. 23 | Rupp Arena
  • Georgia Tech – Nov. 27 | State Farm Arena (Atlanta) | Holiday Hoopsgiving
  • Cleveland State – Nov. 30 | Rupp Arena
  • Michigan – Dec. 6 | The O2 Arena (London) | Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase (postponed)
  • UAB – Dec. 6 | Rupp Arena
  • Notre Dame – Dec. 12 | Rupp Arena
  • UCLA – Dec. 19 | CBS Sports Classic (location TBD)
  • Marshall - Dec. 29 | Rupp Arena