With yesterday’s announcement of the Big 10 returning this fall semester for NCAA football, basketball may have been pushed back into the back of fan’s minds. Not to fear though, because a press release was released today that shows when the 14 different schools of the Big 10 will have their first contest of the year. November 25th, the week of Thanksgiving, will be the start date for both men’s and women’s basketball for the Division I conference. The original date was set for November 10th, but the decision to push back the date was made because at least three quarters of Division I schools will have concluded their fall terms or will have moved the rest of the semester to online only.
According to the press release, “In men’s basketball, teams can schedule 24 regular-season games and participate in one multiple-team event that includes up to three games; 25 regular-season games and participate in one multiple-team event that includes up to two games; or 25 regular-season games if a team does not participate in a multiple-team event. In women’s basketball, teams can schedule 23 regular-season games and participate in one multiple-team event that includes up to four games or schedule 25 regular-season games if a team does not compete in a multiple-team event.”
Division I teams will be able to begin preseason practices on October 14th, allowing each team 42 days to complete a maximum of 30 practices. Players are allowed to workout 20 hours a week, four days per week and they must have one day off according to the NCAA.
As of right now, it is looking like NCAA fans of the two biggest sports in Division I will have plenty to look forward to. Having both football and basketball back for the Big 10 should bring a much-needed sense of normalcy back to a college world that has been thrown into disarray from the COVID-19 virus.
By Blake Landa
Photo Courtesy of the Associated Press