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SEC announces start date for men's and women's basketball

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Posted at 11:11 AM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 12:11:52-04

The Southeastern Conference has announced the new start dates for it's 2020-21 men's and women's basketball conference.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Friday, September 25, that the men's basketball conference schedule will start on December 29 and 30 while the women's basketball start date will remain Dec. 31, 2020 as previously scheduled.

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.

The SEC says that 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.

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