It continues to sound as of the 2020-21 men’s college basketball season will start in the safety of a bubble amid the continued coronavirus pandemic.
The NCAA’s Division I Council is expected to set a start date for the upcoming season on Sept. 16 with an expectation to delay the start of the season to Nov. 25.
Whenever the season begins, it will likely see players and coaches traveling to a bubble similar to the one seen in Orlando with the NBA or in both Toronto and Edmonton with the NHL. These bubbles consist of daily testing, leaving the bubble’s property and no fans in attendance.
The Athletic reports many different sites have been discussed as hosting separate “bubble-type events.”
Those include Walt Disney World Resort in the same location as the current NBA bubble, and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
In addition to these locations, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports bubbles in Houston, Rock Hill, South Carolina, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Omaha, Nebraska, Washington D.C. and Indianapolis have all also emerged as potential hosts.
At the end of the day, The Athletic reports Division I Council members have one big goal in mind for the upcoming season: make an NCAA Tournament happen.