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NCAA health guidelines suggest testing basketball players three times per week for coronavirus

The NCAA released health and safety guidelines for the college basketball season on Friday, including a suggestion to test players, coaches and officials three times per week during the season. The guidelines were created by the NCAA Sport Science Institute in partnership with the NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group and are supported by the NCAA …

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Kentucky coach John Calipari won’t play this season’s basketball game against Louisville at neutral site

In a surprising preseason development, Louisville and Kentucky don’t agree on something. Kentucky coach John Calipari released a statement Friday signaling that he will not budge on playing a rivalry game at Louisville during the 2020-21 season after Cardinals coach Chris Mack recently said he’d prefer a neutral site and questioned whether the contest will …

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Picking the best potential 2020-2021 college basketball nonconference matchups with a local flair

Sep 24, 2020 John GasawayESPN Insider Close ESPN Insider college basketball contributor First began covering college hoops in 2004 Has written for Basketball Prospectus and the Wall Street Journal Now that Nov. 25 has been announced as the official start date for the college basketball season, programs are scurrying around chaotically trying to cobble together …

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Bubbles, buy games and bid worries — Inside the frenzy to save college basketball’s nonconference season

Last week’s announcement that college basketball will start on Nov. 25 brought a sense of relief to the sport. We are going to have a 2020-21 season, it won’t be delayed too long and it will include all the usual staples of a season: nonconference games and holiday tournaments, conference play and conference tournaments and …

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Bracketologists speak — What NCAA tournament forecasters expect from odd 2020-21 basketball season

Sep 17, 2020 Joe Lunardi Close Senior Writer, ESPN.com Resident college basketball bracketologist for ESPN Contributor to SportsCenter, ESPN Insider Published first public bracket in 1995 Charlie Creme Close ESPN.com Charlie Creme projects the women’s NCAA tournament bracket for ESPN.com. The NCAA Division I Council ruled on Wednesday that the 2020-21 college basketball season can …

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College basketball in 2020-21 — Smaller NCAA tournament field, shorter schedule would not be new

Sep 16, 2020 John GasawayESPN Insider Close ESPN Insider college basketball contributor First began covering college hoops in 2004 Has written for Basketball Prospectus and the Wall Street Journal The Division I Council has spoken. The 2020-21 men’s and women’s college basketball seasons will start later than usual and consist of fewer games. And while …

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NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball seasons can start Nov. 25

The 2020-21 men’s and women’s college basketball seasons can start Nov. 25, the NCAA Division I Council said Wednesday. The council, following its vote, said no exhibition games or scrimmages can be held before that date, which is the day before Thanksgiving. “The new season start date near the Thanksgiving holiday provides the optimal opportunity …

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College basketball transfer rankings for 2020-21 and 2021-22

As the college basketball world prepares to learn more about the direction of the 2020-21 season on Sept. 16, when the NCAA Division I Council announces a prospective timetable for the sport’s return, the transfer market churns on. While a number of traditional sit-out players have requested immediate eligibility, a process that is ongoing, we …

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Baylor takes over No. 1 spot in college basketball’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2020-21

The NBA draft early-entry withdrawal deadline has (finally) come and gone, allowing us to truly get a complete feel for the 2020-21 college basketball landscape. The biggest winners of deadline day were Baylor and Illinois, which has created a massive shuffle at the top of the rankings. With Baylor getting Jared Butler and MaCio Teague …

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Wisconsin, Michigan State make moves in college basketball’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2020-21

We still have to wait nearly two months to finalize offseason movement for the 2020-21 men’s college basketball season, but at least we now have a date: Aug. 3. The NCAA announced earlier this month that its deadline for players to withdraw from the NBA draft and maintain college eligibility will be either Aug. 3 …

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