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College basketball season tips off during coronavirus surge, with March Madness the ultimate goal

November 25, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Even before a single second was played Wednesday on opening day of the 2020-21 college basketball season, the coronavirus pandemic was putting obstacles on the long road to March Madness.

(CNN)Even before a single second was played Wednesday on opening day of the 2020-21 college basketball season, the coronavirus pandemic was putting obstacles on the long road to March Madness.

On Wednesday, the Monmouth University men's program said it was pausing team activities after a positive Covid-19 test and entering a 14-day quarantine with cancellations to its games against Hofstra, Maryland and St. Francis-Brooklyn.

The UConn women's program also halted team activities for 14 days after a positive Covid-19 test, pushing back its first four games.

Still, the games went on Wednesday, as the NCAA hopes to make it all the way through March Madness and crown a men's and women's champion this season, unlike last season.

In September, the NCAA Division I Council approved a November 25 start for men's and women's basketball teams to begin playing regular season games.

In the end, the NCAA pushed back the men's and women's college basketball season start from November 10 to Wednesday.

"Testing is going to be important," said del Rio, the associate dean of Emory University School of Medicine.

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