SEC announces official start dates for upcoming men's and women's basketball seasons
Southeastern Conference basketball is officially making its return this winter.
After having its conference tournament canceled not long after it started earlier this season, the SEC is officially making a return to the hardwood on Dec. 29. Games will also be played on Dec. 30, the league announced on Friday.
Women’s basketball will return on Dec. 31.
Here are the details of the league’s return to play this season, provided by the SEC on Friday:
The 2020-21 SEC men’s basketball conference schedule will be comprised of 20 play dates that would accommodate an 18-game schedule with two open dates. Ten SEC schools will fill one of those open dates with the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in late January. The four teams not participating in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge will play league games that day.
The 2020-21 SEC women’s basketball conference schedule remains at 18 play dates that will fit a 16-game league schedule.
Earlier this month, the NCAA Division I Council approved a Nov. 25 start date for the 2020-21 men’s and women’s college basketball seasons, when the SEC will begin non-conference play. Teams can begin preseason practice on Wednesday, Oct. 14 and will have a 42-day window to conduct no more than 30 practices.
It will be great to see basketball being played in the SEC once again.