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Saturday / August 8.
  • Big East considering Conference-only games for basketball season

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The Big East is considering playing conference-only games for the 2020-21 college basketball season, a league source said.

    “It is just one of several options we are modeling,” the source said. “The virus is in control. We are trying to anticipate potential different scenarios.”

    The source said there’s no timeline on making a decision.

    “No timeline,” the source said. “We just don’t know what the next couple months hold.”

    The Big East announced Thursday that it would play conference-only games for six fall sports: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey.  (The Big East does not have football.)

    The league said its plans for the 2020-21 winter and spring sports seasons “remain unaffected at this time.”

    Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard is on record suggesting an extended Big East Conference schedule of 25 or 26 games and keeping all league teams on the same testing platform.

    “I have to make sure the team I’m playing against is doing the same exact thing I’m doing,” he told the New York Post.

    UConn men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley, whose program is re-entering the league, has said it’s “hard to comprehend” playing games in November considering the recruiting dead period runs through August at least.

    Villanova coach Jay Wright, who has won two of the last four NCAA titles, also said college basketball might not begin until January — at least.

    Iona coach Rick Pitino has said several times he’s in favor of starting college basketball in January.

    Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said “I think we need to find a way to make basketball and sports work.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.