With Covid-19 still plaguing this country and the uncertainty of how the situation will look come November, the Pac-12 has canceled all pre-January non-conference basketball games. The decision was made to help limit travel and delay the season until January with hopes the country will be in a better spot at that time. The decision came shortly after the conference also decided to postpone the football season. They have hopes of playing fall sports in the spring but nothing is set in stone.
None of the other conferences at this time have decided to do the same although Rick Pitino did suggest this option in recent months. Talks have begun of a possible bubble to allow this season’s NCAA Tournament to be played after the virus forced 2020’s to be canceled.
Sources: The Pac-12 has canceled ALL nonconference games in MEN’S BASKETBALL until at least January.
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Kentucky, Kansas, and Gonzaga are three big-time teams that are suffering from the decision this season. The three teams, all expected to be ranked preseason top 10 had games scheduled with Pac-12 teams in December. Watching what the rest of the country does will be interesting. They ultimately have up until November, when the season would start, to decide on what they want to do. They decided to cancel the NCAA Tournament just a few days shy of Selection Sunday. We will continue to follow the rest of the Power 5.