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.
NEWS: Men's and women's basketball are set to move in to campus housing on Sept. 11, in anticipation for the 2020-21 NCAA Division I college basketball season. https://t.co/c4jhvWFv3Z— Voice Sports (@GUVoiceSports) September 10, 2020
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.
Georgetown just hosted a Zoom event "Coach's Corner: Virtual Visit with the Ewings" with Pat, Pat, Jr., and AD Lee Reed. AD shared a couple thoughts on the season--Gavitt was in town, confident there'll be a season. Vote on 9/16 potential to delay start from 11/10 --> 11/25.— Philadelphia Hoyas (@PhillyHoyas) September 9, 2020
Many, if not all, members of the BIG EAST are back at work weeks before Georgetown.
Week one continues for #mubb with @MUStrength after over 180 days between workouts. Great job by Group 1 on Wednesday! @showout_zayy15 @jusbuckets_5 @_oso_i @lukefiz50 Tommy and Michael. pic.twitter.com/kWupTiMZdY— Marquette Basketball (@MarquetteMBB) September 9, 2020
| Workout Reel with @AKunK05. #LetsGoX pic.twitter.com/qxMKfZ2ykC— Xavier Basketball (@XavierMBB) September 7, 2020
September 9, 2020
Laboring on Labor Day. #GoDawgs | #ButlerWay pic.twitter.com/SeaNS0tTcu— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) September 7, 2020
Happy Labor Day!— DePaul Basketball (@DePaulHoops) September 7, 2020
Not seeing an improvement on defense for a 4th consecutive season would be rather disappointing.— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) September 10, 2020
That's probably the main thing I'm looking for in 20-21 should a season actually happen
Meanwhile, the BIG EAST and Big 12 are still hoping to battle, per Jon Rothstein.
Big East-Big 12 Battle Matchups:— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 8, 2020
Creighton at Kansas
Baylor at Seton Hall
Villanova at Texas
St. John's at Texas Tech
Oklahoma State at Marquette
Providence at TCU
DePaul at Iowa State
West Virginia at Georgetown
Oklahoma at Xavier
Kansas State at Butler https://t.co/3DGgbS4xPd
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