Looking to get your college hoops fix a little earlier this year? Well, the NCAA has just shortened your wait by about two weeks.
According to an article on the NCAAâ??s website, the NCAA Legislative Council has voted to allow schools to expand basketball preseason and begin practice 42 days before their first game. The official start date for the 2013-14 season is Friday, November 8. Any school which chooses to play on that date could conceivably begin practicing as early as Friday, September 27. For example, Maryland plays Connecticut in non-conference matchup at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Nov. 8. So, both teams would be eligible to hold a â??Midnight Madnessâ??-style event on Sept. 27.
Syracuse University has not yet released its official 2013-14 basketball schedule, only some of its home and road opponents, including its new ACC rivals and St. Johnâ??s. At this point it is not known on which date their season will begin.
SU's first official practice last season was the "Orange Madness" event on October 12. The regular season began on November 11 on the deck of the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego, California. That game was delayed two days because of poor weather conditions.
Schools will still only be allotted 30 practices before the first game, but now they will have an additional two weeks to fit them in, affording programs more flexibility and giving players more time off between sessions.
CNY Central has reached out to Syracuse University Athletics to see if this rule change will affect the start date for Orange practices this fall.