In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA chose to cancel the remainder of the conference basketball tournament and the NCAA Tournament in March to protect players, coaches, workers, and fans from the possibility of contracting or spreading the virus.
Because of that decision, there will be no NCAA champions for the 2019-20 season unless you receive advice from one basketball head coach of the Power Five conference.
Bob Huggins, basketball head coach from West Virginia Mountaineers has advice on how to crown a champion.
This story was first shared on our West Virginia Sports Illustrated website by Quinn Birkitt as Huggins, appearing in a telephone interview with The Cook and Joe Show in Pittsburgh, introducing the idea of holding an NCAA Tournament to open the 2020-2021 basketball season.
“So why don’t we start the season with the NCAA tournament? The NCAA can get the money and distribute it to schools. This solved many problems. They know who is in it and who will play who. They know where we will play. What will be taken? Three weekends? Big problem. Children will not miss that many classes. You will play on weekends, “Huggins said.
Although the idea itself isn’t bad, some problems will make the application challenging and different.
First, places booked to host the region through Final Four may not be available when needed to make this happen.
Second, with the NCAA not providing an additional year of eligibility for basketball players, the teams that will take part in the 68-team field will be very different from the teams that ended the previous season. That means whoever wins the tournament may not be the team that will cut the net if everything goes according to the original schedule.
While basketball fans might like the idea of two NCAA tournaments in one season, it is highly unlikely that the forces residing in Indianapolis will think of many plans, even though they never say never when it comes to the NCAA and money.
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