College basketball oversight committees update plans to propose Nov. 21 start date for 2020-21 season
The oversight committees met on Friday to finalize a formal proposal that will go to vote on Sept. 16
According to this story, if the proposal by the College Basketball Oversight Committees is approved by the D1 Council (which is meeting to consider it on September16), teams will be able to start competing November 21.
Other key facts:
-The committees also agreed on Friday, 9/11, to reduce the maximum allowable regular-season games for this season. It's normally 31, but now it will be targeted at 28 if a team plays in an MTE (multi-team event), or 26 if it does not.
-The minimum allowable number of games for postseason consideration is targeted for 13, a number NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt lobbed out as a possibility Thursday on the "Courtside with Dakich and Greenberg" podcast. The stipulation for 13 games, according to one source, is all 13 games must be against D-I competition.
-The committees also will make a recommendation -- but not an outright requirement -- that teams play at least four non-conference games if circumstances reasonably allow for it. This was not a universally agreed to recommendation, but will be part of the proposal nonetheless. The thinking behind this is to encourage every league to seek to play non-conference games in an effort to help with college basketball's metrics and eventual NCAA Tournament selection.
-A separate source added that powerful programs have been consistently lobbying behind the scenes to allow for as many non-conference games as possible in an effort to normalize the regular season and also provide small schools a chance for more games in an unpredictable schedule climate. (Note from OP: this could also be a way for P6 schools like Syracuse to rack up four easy wins to help with their selection resume)
-As for crucial COVID-19 testing, the recommended protocol for NCAA Division I basketball is expected to require testing at least three times per week.