COVID-19 hampers men’s college basketball’s start, causing scheduling headaches

USA Today

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton is sharing with his players the same sentiment this November he told them last March before the NCAA tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic: Control what you can control. 

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Florida Transfer Andrew Nembhard Eligible to Play for Gonzaga in 2020-21 SI

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Tennessee withdraws from Jimmy V Classic vs. top-ranked Gonzaga

The Score

Tennessee pulled out of the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 2 in Indianapolis following positive COVID-19 test results in their basketball program Monday, the school announced.

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Gonzaga is top overall seed with Baylor, Villanova, Virginia also No. 1 seeds

CBS Sports

Welcome to what figures to be a strange, disjointed, but hopefully complete season of college basketball.  And when basketball season is upon us, it is time to create a preseason NCAA Tournament bracket as well. 

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CBB title odds: Best bets, values ahead of 2020-21 season opener The Score

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Ole Miss cancels first four games, pauses until Dec. 7

Yardbarker

The Ole Miss Rebels men's basketball program became the latest to postpone the start of its season due to coronavirus-related issues. 

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Auburn basketball to forgo postseason basketball following 2020-21 season USA Today

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Florida vs. Virginia game at Mohegan Sun canceled as Gators pause basketball activities due to COVID-19

CBS Sports

A marquee basketball game between Florida and No. 4 Virginia scheduled for Friday has been canceled due to COVID-19 cases and contact tracing protocols within the Gators' program, the school announced on Sunday. The game was set to be played at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and was one one of the top matchups of college basketball's opening week. CBS Sports initially learned of the Florida pause and subsequent cancellations earlier on Sunday. 

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Scott Drew tests positive for COVID-19

247 Sports

Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced in a statement on Sunday afternoon. Drew said he is not feeling any symptoms of COVID-19 right now. Associate head coach Jerome Tang will serve as the interim head coach in Drew’s absence.

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NCAA denies waiver request for Xavier forward Ben Stanley, who sought in-person classes

USA Today

Xavier University's men's basketball program had high hopes for transfer Ben Stanley and what he could bring to the Musketeers this season, but those hopes will have to wait a year after Xavier announced Friday that Stanley's waiver was denied by the NCAA, making the 6-foot-6 junior forward, who transferred from Hampton University, ineligible for the 2020-21 season. 

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South Carolina is near-unanimous No. 1 in USA TODAY Sports preseason women’s basketball poll

USA Today

The preseason USA TODAY Sports women’s college basketball poll is out, and South Carolina will open the year right where it ended last season – at No. 1.

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Kansas, Kentucky, UNC, Duke Shut out of NBA Lottery for 1st Time Since 2000

Bleacher Report

The 2020 NBA Draft has turned out to be more historic than previously expected.  

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Shareef O’Neal Receives NCAA Waiver to Play in 2020-21 Season SI

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Big Ten releases conference schedule featuring 4 games on Christmas

The Score

The Big Ten unveiled its conference schedule for the 2020-21 men's basketball season on Wednesday.

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2021 NCAA Tournament contender tiers

CBS Sports

College basketball season starts next week, and the sport's top officials have already explained their intent to host the 2021 NCAA Tournament in a controlled environment. So all indications are that a champion will be crowned this season, unlike last season when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the season to be cut short. 

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Ole Miss basketball coach Kermit Davis tests positive for COVID-19, could miss opener

USA Today

Ole Miss men's basketball coach Kermit Davis tested positive for COVID-19, per a statement from the school.

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Coach, player rip Wichita State over $8 million Gregg Marshall settlement

Larry Brown Sports

Gregg Marshall and Wichita State have parted ways following troubling abuse allegations against the coach, but Marshall is still walking away with plenty of money from the school.

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Gregg Marshall resigns as head men’s basketball coach at Wichita State University

KSN

Wichita State Director of Athletics Darron Boatright has accepted the resignation of head men’s basketball Coach Gregg Marshall, effective immediately.

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Louisville basketball lands big man in Class of 2021’s Roosevelt Wheeler

Courier Journal

Roosevelt Wheeler committed to Louisville’s men’s basketball program Monday afternoon, increasing the Cardinals' Class of 2021 to five players.

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As basketball cranks up, indoor games seem like ‘wrong choice to be making’ amid COVID-19

USA Today

There will be no Cameron Crazies at Duke to begin the men's college basketball season, but Kansas and Kentucky plan to play in front of small crowds.

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NCAA in talks with Indianapolis to host entire March Madness tourney

The Score

The NCAA is relocating the 13 preliminary round sites for next year's NCAA Tournament and has begun talks with the state of Indiana and city of Indianapolis to potentially host the entire March Madness tournament, the Division I Men's Basketball Committee announced Monday.

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Jim Boeheim tests positive for COVID-19

The Score

Legendary Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim tested positive for the coronavirus, he announced Sunday on social media.

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‘Move The Start Back’: Rick Pitino Wants College Basketball Season Delayed Due to COVID-19

SI

In wake of the college basketball season starting in 11 days, Iona men's basketball coach Rick Pitino does not want to put his program or other athletes in jeopardy of testing positive for COVID-19.

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NCAA unveils proposed rules changes related to athletes’ name, image and likeness

USA Today

College athletes would gain new and significant abilities to make money from the use of their name, image and likeness, beginning Aug. 1, 2021, under a series of specific proposals for Division I rules changes unveiled Friday.

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Six teams who made the NCAA Tournament, but won’t make it back in 2021

CBS Sports

The college basketball landscape has shifted quite a bit since the last NCAA Tournament began 20 months ago. Back then, the sport was enjoying the presence of players like Ja Morant and Zion Williamson and programs like Dayton and San Diego State weren't in the NCAA Tournament, let alone the top 10. 

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