The college basketball season will start on Nov. 25 for both the men's and women's leagues, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The decision was approved by the The Division I Council, who also announced that no exhibition games or closed scrimmages would be played before the start date.
The announcement attributed the moved back start date to wanting to wait until at least three-quarters of DI schools have finished their fall terms or moved to full online instruction. This is in order to wait for a more controlled environment for players on their campuses and lower their risk of contracting COVID-19 from the student body populace.
A University spokesperson said Roy Williams did not have a comment at time of publication, citing the recency of the news and the number of details that still needed to be worked out.
The maximum number of games have been reduced by four: men's teams are now allowed to schedule 24 regular season games and participate in one multiple-team event — like last year's Battle 4 Atlantis the Tar Heels played in — that includes up to three games; 25 regular season games and participate in a multiple-team event that includes up to two games; or 25 regular season games if the team does not compete in a multiple-team event.
In women's basketball, teams can schedule 23 games and play in a multiple-team event that includes up to four games, or schedule 25 games if the team does not play in a multiple-team event.