Sources: The 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis will be played at the Sanford Pentagon in South Dakota. Dates are TBD.
Field includes Duke, West Virginia, Memphis, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Utah, Creighton, and Wichita State.
Source: The Sanford Pentagon will be able to have a small number of fans in attendance for the 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis with social distancing protocols in place.
Division I Council set to vote Wednesday on moving the start of the college hoops season to Nov. 21. Source also said there will be recommendation of playing a minimum of 4 non-conference games and potential to start 8 hours/week to work with players - target date is Sept. 21.
Oct. 10th as official start of practice will also be voted on Wednesday, per source.
No exhibition games or scrimmages also proposed.
Sources: While the Basketball Oversight Committee has bumped up its initial proposed start date from 11/25 to 11/21, many of the sport's key decision makers are concerned with opening a season against college football.
This could also apply to 11/22 with the NFL.
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Sources: With 75% of most institutions set to finish their fall semesters around Thanksgiving, potential final exam conflicts are expected to be a major talking point as college basketball attempts to set an exact start date.
Source: The other 25% of schools who are finishing final exams in a traditional academic calendar in December will have to get permission and approval from the academic side of campus to play during the final exam window.
A big thing to keep in mind during the "Golden Window".
Alabama basketball hopes for schedule clarity this week
The University of Alabama, along with the rest on the men’s college basketball programs in the NCAA, are hopeful that this week will bring some guidance and a start date – for the 2020-21 season.
”We’re optimistic that we will hear something soon,” Oats, the head coach at UA, said on Tuesday. “We hope to hear from the NCAA and the SEC about when to start, but I feel better that we will get started.”
Jeff Goodman, a national basketball reporter, said Tuesday via social media that the NCAA Division I Council, which has been weighing options during the coronavirus pandemic, was “set to vote Wednesday on moving the start of the college hoops season to Nov. 21.”
Goodman also said there will be recommendation of playing a minimum of four non-conference games and potential to start with 8 hours per week for coaches to work with players with a target date of Sept. 21.
“We’ve been limited in some ways, but we have gotten some work in that the rules allow,” Oats said. “We’ve has a chance to go some full-court.”
While Oats did not review the entire roster, he did mention some players as performing well.
“I thought (point guard) Jahvon Quinerly (who sat out last season after transferring from Villanova) has the best two practices he has had since he’s been here in the last two days,” Oats said. “He’s really starting to grasp the offense, to make good decisions without having to think about everything.”
The Crimson Tide’s other high-profile transfer, 6-foot-9 Yale graduate Jordan Bruner, has also had a strong September so far, Oats said.
”He leads, he talks, he passes and he shoots,” Oats said. “Our two best shooters in the past two days have been two of our bigs, Bruner and (Alex) Reese.”
Reese was cleared for full-speed work last week after recuperating from off-season hip surgery.
”He is moving pretty well,” Oats said. “He has lost some weight, so between that and the hip feeling better, he’s looking pretty athletic out there.”
Alabama finished 16-15 in Oats’ first season. The Crimson Tide’s postseason, like that of all NCAA teams, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak
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The downgrading of destinations for holiday college basketball tournaments continues as the MVP of these preseason events, the Maui Invitational, will move from Lahaina, Hawai’i to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Maui Invitational to be played in Indianapolis
ETA: Not sure if this is official or not. I can't find it being reported anywhere other than this Draftkings Nation site which seems odd.
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What do we expect Wednesday's ruling to mean for traditional early-season events like the Champions Classic and Maui Invitational?
The "easiest" things to potentially put in a bubble would be the nonconference tournaments and events traditionally played in November and December, and that seems to be where those events are trending for the 2020-21 season. Assuming the start of the season is delayed, these events would also be delayed, but there's still a strong chance that most of them will ultimately get played in some form.
There have been as many as 18 bubbles mentioned by various sources over the course of the past couple of weeks, although it's unlikely all of them will happen. Harrah's Cherokee Center in Asheville, North Carolina, has been mooted as a potential location for the Maui Invitational, and while Harrah's general manager Chris Corl wouldn't specifically confirm the Maui Invitational, he told ESPN his facility has had discussions with two major event organizers.
A number of events run by the Hall of Fame and Gazelle Group have had discussions about hosting their games at Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut in a bubble, while ESPN-run events could take place in a bubble format at Disney, similar to what the NBA did. There have been reports of the Battle 4 Atlantis moving to the Sanford Pentagon in South Dakota, too. The timeline, location and format of these events could change, but it appears likely that they will still be played.
BREAKING: Division I Council leaning to approve Nov. 25 start date for college basketball, source told @Stadium. Meeting still ongoing, so it's not "100 percent done yet,” per source.
It’s done. Nov. 25 will be first day of the season, per sources.
More, per sources:
—NCAA has voted to keep recruiting visits dead/banned until Jan. 1.
—No scrimmages or exhibitions at all this season.
—Regular-season capacity has been reduced by four games
— Teams can start practicing as much as 12 hours per week starting Sept. 21.
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