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TALKIN’ ‘BOUT PRACTICE: When Will the Georgetown Basketball Season Start?

With players arriving soon, practice is two quarantined weeks away...

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The basketball players of the Georgetown Hoyas will finally get back on campus this weekend, per an article by Nathan Chen and Annemarie Cuccia of The Georgetown Voice.

Based on the article, it appears athletes will be staying in Village B - Alumni Square and will have to quarantine for 14 days after they arrive before practicing, as well as submit a health questionnaire every day.

Moreover, it is unclear if all basketball players will be returning and competing. A university spokesperson told the Voice that “[t]he decision to return to campus is at the discretion of each student athlete and all scholarships will be honored regardless of their decision.” Perhaps we will hear further news of one or more players opting out.

Regarding the start to the season, the Voice points to an article by Matt Norlander of CBS Sports identifying that an approving vote by the Division I Council on Sept. 16 may move the season start date from November 10th to November 25th. Norlander also notes that “sources have stressed that flexibility in the coming 6-8 weeks will be paramount.”

Athletic Director Lee Reed relayed information corroborating Norlander’s report last night at an alumni Zoom event, even indicating that he had spoken with Danny Gavitt face-to-face about the circumstances. Reed expressed Gavitt’s confidence that there will be a basketball season.

Many, if not all, members of the BIG EAST are back at work weeks before Georgetown.

Meanwhile, the BIG EAST and Big 12 are still hoping to battle, per Jon Rothstein.

In a non-COVID world, this would be the schedule:

  • The Georgetown Hoyas are scheduled to join the Virginia Cavaliers, the UCLA Bruins, and the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2020 Wooden Legacy, a multi-team event in Anaheim around Thanksgiving (November 26 - 28, 2020).
  • WVU (home) in early December.
  • Syracuse (away) in mid-December.
  • A Big Ten game as part of the Gavitt Games (presumably away) in mid-December.
  • UMBC (presumably home) in November/December.
  • 5-6 other non-conference games
  • 20 BIG EAST games