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College basketball: NCAA aiming to make decision about start of season in September

A decision on the direction of the college basketball season is coming in September.

NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said in a statement Monday that the NCAA has “exercised patience and discipline” in making decisions about the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said contingency plans are being made if the season cannot begin on Nov. 10.

“In the coming weeks, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee will take the lead with me in a collaborative process of finalizing any recommendations for consideration by the NCAA Division I Council for the start of the college basketball season,” Gavitt said in the statement.

“By mid-September, we will provide direction about whether the season and practice start on time or a short-term delay is necessitated by the ongoing pandemic.”

Oklahoma State’s men’s basketball team is set to open its season On Nov. 10 inside Gallagher-Iba Arena against Green Bay. The women’s basketball team has not announced its schedule.

Oklahoma’s men’s and women’s teams have not yet announced a schedule.

Gavitt said September will likely be the first decision of many regarding the season.

“While circumstances may warrant flexibility resulting in a different and perhaps imperfect season, the ultimate goal is to safely provide student-athletes and teams with a great college basketball experience,” he said.

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Mar 28, 2019; Kansas City, MO, United States; A general view of the center court logo during practice for the midwest regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 28, 2019; Kansas City, MO, United States; A general view of the center court logo during practice for the midwest regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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