INDIANAPOLIS (WKOW) -- Both men's and women's Division I basketball seasons will now begin Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.
The announcement came in a press release from the NCAA Wednesday evening.
The move was intentional to begin the season after three-quarters of Division I schools will have their classes moved online.
The NCAA believes the decision will create "a more controlled and less populated campus environment that may reduce the risk of COVID-19 that can occur between student-athletes and the broader student body population."
No exhibition games or closed scrimmages will be allowed before the season's start. Teams can begin preseason practices Oct. 14.
Previously, the season had been scheduled to start Nov. 10.