We’re nearly a week into the college basketball season, and we’ve already seen some great action! Unfortunately, like it has to the rest of the world, COVID-19 has reared its ugly head and has already caused issues for the college hoops season. Numerous games have already been canceled, and unfortunately, it looks like there will be a lot more. Check out the latest NCAAB news out there so you can continue placing your bets against their College Basketball odds.
NCAA Basketball COVID-19 Update – December 2nd Edition
After numerous games were canceled last week, there are even more canceled games on the horizon. Lots of these games involve teams from the major conferences. Maryland’s game with Towson State is being canceled. On December 2nd, Wake Forest was scheduled to play Troy, but there have been COVID issues within the Wake Forest program. Colorado’s Pac 12 opener on December 2nd against Arizona has been postponed due to positive tests in the Colorado program. Richmond, who is coming off of a big win at Kentucky, won’t be able to play their December 3rd matchup with Charleston as there are COVID issues in the Spiders locker room. Unfortunately, there will probably be many more games canceled or postponed within the next few days.
Enough of the negative, now let’s talk about some positive things. First off, we’ve already seen some great action. There have been some unexpected victories early in the season. Richmond went into Rupp Arena and beat the Kentucky Wildcats. The 4th-rated Virginia Cavaliers lost to the Dons of San Francisco. Both of these teams used the Princeton offense to defeat teams that could be in the National Championship picture. Speaking of teams that could be in the hunt for a national title, Jay Wright’s Villanova Wildcats were beaten by Mike Young’s Virginia Tech squad in overtime. There is so much basketball talent out there that mid-majors are now capable of beating the big-name programs at any time.
Some of the big early season events are still taking place with some location changes. The Maui Invitational is still taking place, but it’s not in the beautiful vacation destination. The games are being played in Asheville, North Carolina. Texas, Davidson, Indiana, Providence, North Carolina, Stanford, UNLV, and Alabama made up the tournament field.
Another early season event taking place is the Champion’s Classic. Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, and Michigan State participate in this event every year. It’s normally held at an NBA arena, but the coronavirus has changed the look of the event. Michigan State traveled to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the Duke Blue Devils, while both Kansas and Kentucky traveled to Indianapolis to play their game.
Indianapolis will see even more great college basketball action this week, as the Jimmy V Classic will also be taking place at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Three top-10 teams will be in this one, as the #5 rated Illinois Fighting Illini will take on the #2 ranked Baylor Bears. The the # 1 team in the nation, the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who have looked like a dominant force early in the season, will take on Bob Huggins and his 15th rated West Virginia Mountaineers.
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