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    The NCAA OKs St. Thomas University's jump to D1 from D3, paving the way for its Tommies men's and women's basketball teams to reside in the Summit League starting this season:
    https://www.espn.com/college-sports/...iii-division-i

    A lot--a lot!--has happened in the NCAA world in the last several months. Those will come soon.
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    The Tulane Green Waves and the Washington Huskies were scheduled to play in Shanghai, China this November. But of course that's now cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic--and of the rising diplomatic row between the United States and China:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...nghai-canceled

    The faculty of the University of Kentucky's African American and Africana Studies program are now asking UK president Eli Capilouto to remove the name of Rupp Arena because of the famed Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach Adolph Rupp's racist past in not recruiting black basketball players save for 7-2 Tom Payne in 1969 in his 41 years as coach:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...h-rupp-changed

    Former Connecticut Huskies star Stanley "Sticks" Robinson dies in Birmingham on Tuesday. He made a windmill dunk during the 2009 six-overtime game against Syracuse. Despite never latching on to an NBA team like Orlando, the team he was drafted by, he spent the next decade of his life playing in the G-League and with professional organizations throughout the world, including Chile, Uruguay, Iceland and the Dominican Republic:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...s-32-years-old
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    The NCAA announces the 2020-21 D1 men's and women's seasons will start on November 25, the day after the US Thanksgiving (aka Black Friday) with no scrimmages or exhibition games allowed before then. Not even those Midnight Madness gatherings:
    https://www.espn.com/college-sports/...n-start-nov-25

    The ACC proposes a 346-team NCAA tournament. Not sure how practical or workable that will be. Would require multiple regional bubbles, though I would be glad to see more mid-major schools invoilved with postseason action in what shape as an odd 2020-21 season:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...ournament-work
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    BREAKING NEWS: Bethune-Cookman, an HBCU, just became the first known D1 school to completely eliminate its entire 2020-21 athletic season due to COVID-19, meaning there won't be any Wildcats men's and women's basketball this season. The Daytona Beach, Florida-based school is also an outgoing MEAC member and will join the SWAC. Other schools may follow suit with theirs. Some like the UC-Riverside Highlanders from the Big West are in serious trouble:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...21-school-year
    https://www.orlandosentinel.com/spor...ide-story.html
    https://bcuathletics.com/news/2020/1...n-2020-21.aspx
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...eason-covid-19

    With this in mind, it's a good idea to take a serious look at the potential of mid and low-major conference college basketball programs will endure major financial and on-court trouble in getting those major big payday matches against major conference teams like in football
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...uble-buy-games

    How will the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors perhaps cope with no additional basketball this 2020-21 season?
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...etball-2020-21
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    Mountain West men's and women's basketball teams will, because--pandemic, endure a greatly-reduced schedule to 20 games based around 2-game series with each school having five home and five road series to curtail travel starting in December-February:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...wo-game-series

    Duke will not allow the Cameron Crazies or any other fans inside the Cameron Indoor Stadium this season just like with their football season:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...ue-coronavirus

    Michigan St. coach Tom Izzo tests positive for the coronavirus yesterday and aims for a November 17 return after isolation as associate head coach Dwayne Stephens takes over the practices:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...itive-covid-19

    ACC announces its 2020-21 basketball schedule yesterday and conference games will start December 12 and run through March 6, with all 15 ACC teams playing at least one conference game in December. Each team will play 20 league games with the conference tournament running through March 9-13, meaning there won't be a makeup chances at the back end. Highlights: "Virginia enters the season as the ACC favorite, and the Cavaliers play projected No. 2 team Duke only once, in late February. The Blue Devils will not have to travel to Charlottesville this season. The two rivalry games between Duke and North Carolina will take place on Saturday, Feb. 6, in Durham and Saturday, March 6, in Chapel Hill. Syracuse and Boston College open the season Dec. 12 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with the pre-holiday schedule highlighted by potential NCAA tournament team Georgia Tech traveling to defending champion Florida State on Dec. 15":
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...tarting-dec-12

    The Ivy League Council of Presidents cancels the Ivy League's 2020-21 winter sports season including men's and women's basketball--and the spring sports set too. Never thought of a bubble or even moving the fall sports towards the spring:
    https://www.espn.com/college-sports/...ay-sources-say

    Bubbleville: 40 men's and women's college basketball teams playing 45 games at the Mohegan Sun Arena, the home of the Connecticut Sun, coming November 25 to December 5 with help from Viacom--and no fans permitted:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...nt-mohegan-sun
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    Rick Pitino, now back in college basketball at Iona (more on that soon), calls for the NCAA 2020-21 college basketball season to be postponed to save the season amid the numerous cross-nation attempted plans, challenges, and restrictions brought upon by the coronavirus that includes making March Madness into May Madness:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...t-date-madness
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    The NCAA seems to have learned from afar on how to develop and enact a successful bubble from the NBA, MLS, NHL, CEBL, WNBA, and NWSL. There's serious discussion in that D1 ball's NCAA Tournament will be entirely in Indianapolis this season with all 68 teams in it. Money is the driving force, of course with the NCAA took out $250 million insurance and to justify the CBS/Turner Sports contract. Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Nicoson Fieldhouse, and various HS gyms, and convention halls to use. No word on the women, though it could apply to them too and should consider this practice:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...t-indianapolis
    https://arenadigest.com/2020/11/17/n...-indianapolis/
    https://www.indystar.com/story/sport...ll/6316358002/

    Having a single site and not involving the Ivy League schools certainly will impact the outlook:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...s-bracketology

    Another saga of coach abuse. This involves Wichita St. Shockers coach Gregg Marshall who resigns over such investigation charges from former players and agreed to a contract settlement of $7.75 million to be paid over the next six years.
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...-investigation

    Sad news: Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks head coach Anthony Stewart dies on Sunday at age 50:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...-skyhawks-dies
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    Another HBCU basketball decides to pull the plug on its season in the form of the Howard Bisons from the school that gave us Butch Beard, the late Chadwick Boseman, and VP Kamala Harris. Makur Maker brought headlines to the school and other HBCUs in basketball because of his decision to head in this direction as the highest ranked 100 recruit player to do so that prompted plaudits. But he only played two games due to injury and the virus. Howard played just 5 up to December 18--and never saw a conference game:
    https://theundefeated.com/features/h...espn:ncb:index

    Big 10 tourney now moving from Chicago to Indianapolis for better medical protocol efficiency:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...o-indianapolis

    #2 Baylor had to postpone three additional matches this week to go along with the two it already had to reschedule for the undefeated Bears:
    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...-west-virginia
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