NCAA schedules return date for college basketball season on Nov. 25

UE official: A lot of ‘moving pieces’ with Purples Aces’ current 2020-21 schedule

NCAA schedules return date for college basketball season on Nov. 25

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The NCAA has set a date for the return of college basketball.

The governing body of college athletics has scheduled November 25 as the start date for the 2020-21 college basketball season.

This decision was finalized after a meeting by the Division I Council on Wednesday.

The beginning of practice will take place on October 14, which is six weeks before the initial start date.

This announcement postpones the original start date by nearly two weeks due to concerns surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The later date coincides with most colleges sending students home for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

The maximum number of regular season contests has been reduced from 31 to 27 games. The amount of games needed to qualify for the NCAA tournament is now just 13 games.

No scrimmages or exhibitions against outside competition is allowed and the council is recommending a minimum of four non-conference games.

How does this news affect the upcoming schedule for the Evansville men’s basketball team?

Following the report on Wednesday, one UE official told 14 Sports there a lot of “moving pieces” currently with this year’s schedule.

The Purple Aces were previously slated to play against Purdue, Ball State, Southeast Missouri State and Belmont prior to the newly reported Nov. 25 start date.

The 2020-21 schedule has since been taken down from the UE athletics website.

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