The NCAA announced that the 2020-21 Division I men’s college basketball season will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Members of the NCAA DI Council approved the start date during a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Originally, the season was scheduled to start on Thursday, Nov. 10. But it was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council also provided more specifics on the upcoming season: 

  • Teams can begin practicing on Wednesday, Oct. 14
  • No exhibitions or scrimmages will be played
  • The maximum number of contests was reduced by four
  • The Council recommended a minimum of four non-conference games
  • Teams may play no more than 27 regular-season games

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Conference and team schedules have not yet been released. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. Below are the current dates for the 2021 NCAA tournament.

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2021 March Madness schedule 

Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all dates below are subject to change.

ROUND DATES
Selection Sunday March 14
First Four March 16-17
First Round March 18-19
Second Round March 20-21
Sweet 16 March 25-26
Elite Eight March 27-28
Final Four April 3
National Championship April 5

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