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Coronavirus Pandemic Impacts

Discussion in 'George Mason Basketball' started by Pablo, May 13, 2020.

  1. ephoops

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    I've been saying conference games only for a long time...if you did that, though, you can't have at-large bids. Tournament needs to be 32 teams.
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    Matt Norlander
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    The Mohegan Sun event scheduled to start on Nov. 25 is already seeing the threads tear (which, frankly, everyone has been bracing for). Iona is out, Vermont is now out, and Siena is hopeful but in limbo as to whether it can be there.
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    Vermont Athletics Announces Delay in Return to Play Until December 18 - http://go.uvm.edu/rtp


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  4. Pablo

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    https://collegehoopstoday.com/index...home-court-advantage-during-the-20-21-season/:

    "10 teams that will miss a true home court advantage during the 20-21 season

    Dayton: There’s a reason why the NCAA wisely chose the First Four to be held at UD Arena. Dayton’s fan base is passionate, intelligent, and it always shows up. Eliminating that type of atmosphere will be a sigh of relief for every other program in the Atlantic 10, as the rest of the conference aims to catch the Flyers on the heels of the program’s best season in school history.

    Maryland: Remember when you went to a college rave? That’s what the Xfinity Center feels like when things are rocking in College Park. Mark Turgeon will miss that type of energy at home this season as he looks to keep Maryland in the mix for an NCAA Tournament bid in what could be a historical year for the Big Ten.

    VCU: A home game at the Siegel Center when VCU is rolling is more life altering than a 10-day trip to Europe (full disclosure — I have never been to Europe, but plan to go soon). The Rams announced last week that they plan to start the season with up to 1,000 fans in attendance and that could inhibit a young VCU team who was picked ninth in last week’s Atlantic 10 preseason poll."
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    Jon Rothstein
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    Over 90% of Division 1 college basketball programs are still up and running despite a once-in-a-century global pandemic.

    CAN'T WAIT for November 25th!

    Have a great Monday!
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    Jon Rothstein
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    Programs on pause due to COVID-19:

    Bethune Cookman
    Ivy League (8)
    Alabama St
    UConn
    Iona
    Canisius
    Seton Hall
    NM
    Winthrop
    Indiana St
    Sacred Heart
    Niagara
    Belmont
    SE LA
    Marist
    Rider
    Marshall
    Albany
    Stetson
    Siena
    Umass Lowell
    SIU
    Syracuse
    Oakland
    USC Upstate
    The Citadel
    Vermont
  6. Patriotsince81

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    And we play Belmont 2nd game of the season.
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    Should be good for us, provided it doesn't get cancelled/delayed.
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    Jon Rothstein
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    Return from quarantine target dates:

    Iona (11/26 or 11/27)
    Sacred Heart (Tuesday)
    Belmont (Tuesday)
    SE LA (11/21 or 11/22)
    Rider (Thursday)
    Marshall (Tuesday)
    Stetson (11/24)
    UMass Lowell (Thursday)
    Oakland (this week)
    USC Upstate (Wednesday)
    Vermont (12/1)
    Alabama State (1/2)
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  10. Pablo

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    "There is no word yet on whether or not fans will be allowed to attend the games. The number of venues needed to hold the 2021 NCAA Tournament is not yet determined, but Gavitt said at least eight is a reasonable number for a 68-team field. There are also dozens of more courts that will be needed for teams to practice at leading up to and throughout the NCAA Tournament.

    The committee was careful to note that the 2021 NCAA Tournament will not be held in a 'bubble,' as that's not an accurate description of what the NCAA is attempting to pull. Instead, the preferred term is a 'controlled environment.'"


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    Jon Rothstein
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    Dan Gavitt told reporters that once a team enters the host city of 2021 NCAA Tournament, it will not be allowed to leave until it is eliminated.


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    Jon Rothstein
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    Dan Gavitt told reporters that the NCAA hopes to cement Indianapolis as the host city for the 2021 NCAA Tournament by January 1st. Also adds that venues "outside the city limits" are in play. Keep an eye on Assembly Hall and Mackey Arena.
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    Jon Rothstein
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    Dan Gavitt told reporters that the 2021 NCAA Tournament will not start two days after Selection Sunday like normal due to testing protocols. More information on this will be released in time.


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    Jon Rothstein
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    Dan Gavitt told reporters that the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee will begin this season in its normal evaluation method, but could rely more on an "eye test" formula depending on how many games are cancelled or not cancelled.





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    Jeff Goodman
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    Dan Gavitt also said that the 13-game minimum number to qualify for the NCAA tournament isn’t steadfast. Teams can apply for waivers.
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    If the NCAA deems 8 sites are necessary for 1st/2nd rd, these would work:

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    Hinkle
    IUPUI’s Indiana Farmers Coliseum
    Assembly Hall
    Mackey Arena
    Ind. St.’s Hulman Center
    Ball St.’s Worthen Arena
    Southport HS (HUGE high school gym in greater Indy metro area)

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  13. Five Two

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    John Feinstein brought up a good point about the Ivy League not playing hoops this season. That opens up another at-large bid for the 10th team in the ACC or Big Ten to battle for....
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    https://umassathletics.com/news/2020/11/17/umass-mens-basketball-pauses-team-activities.aspx:

    "AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts men's basketball team has paused all team activities following a positive COVID-19 test result among the program's Tier 1 personnel, which consists of coaches, student-athletes, team managers and support staff. Results were detected during COVID-19 surveillance testing, which is conducted three times a week in accordance with NCAA guidelines.

    The basketball program is following state, local and University public health guidelines, to ensure the health and safety of all student-athletes, coaches, staff and the greater campus and Amherst communities.

    Due to a pause in team activities, UMass will not participate in the Multiple Team Event at Mohegan Sun previously scheduled to start next week."
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    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-b...ies-men-basketball-temporarily-moving-phoenix:

    "LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The New Mexico State men's basketball team will temporarily move to Phoenix because of coronavirus restrictions in its home state.

    The Aggies are expecting to be in Arizona for five weeks but could extend their stay depending on developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, deputy athletic director Braun Cartwright said Tuesday. They are hoping to play their first game next week.

    New Mexico State looked at three sites in Las Vegas and Arizona before deciding to move its entire operations to the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The Aggies will practice and stay at the resort and are looking at various places to play games in the Phoenix area.

    Under New Mexico health guidelines, athletic departments currently do not allow games or workouts exceeding five people. Anyone who travels from outside the state must quarantine for 14 days. All players and coaches will continue to be tested for COVID-19 three times a week while in Arizona.

    Cartwright said the cost of rooms, facilities, food and testing for the five weeks will be about $79,000.

    The women's team is planning to practice some in Tucson, Arizona, and is looking at various places to play, including just over the Texas state line at UTEP.

    New Mexico's football team temporarily relocated to Las Vegas to practice and play its season."
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    https://www.tapinto.net/towns/great...10-commissioner-discusses-basketball-schedule:

    "Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Updates

    The conference has the ability to change the format of its conference tournament, which will again be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn from March 10-14.

    'We can change our format, we can change the cadence of it, we could alter the number of teams, but we’re not at that point yet,' she said. 'We are maintaining our current format of all 14 teams at the championship.

    But if the situation changes, we will have to accommodate. Everyone is well aware of that.'

    Fan attendance at the Atlantic 10 Championship is far from a guarantee. Currently, McGlade explained, only 50 people can attend games in Brooklyn."
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    https://richmondspiders.com/news/20...s-virtual-fan-experiences-for-basketball.aspx:


    "RICHMOND, Va. – With the recent announcement by the University of Richmond that attendance at the Robins Center for men's and women's basketball will be limited to essential staff members and student-athlete guests for the start of the 2020-21 season, Spider Athletics is offering an expanded virtual experience for fans to feel as close to the game as possible while viewing remotely.
    • To tip-off the season, head coaches Chris Mooney and Aaron Roussell will be featured in a virtual season preview available to all Spiders fans hosted by Bob Black. It will provide player and matchup insight from both coaches, how COVID-19 has impacted basketball, and the advantage of opening up the new Queally Athletics Center. The Virtual Tip-Off session will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and you can register to participate in the Zoom meeting by clicking HERE.
    • New this season, the Spiders will be offering a pregame viewing experience so fans can see and feel what is happening at the Robins Center starting an hour before men's and women's games and leading up to starting lineups. Fans will be able to watch live for free the pregame warmups for the Spiders from courtside while also hearing an exclusive pregame analysis (men's basketball) from the Voice of the Spiders Bob Black and former Spider legend Greg Beckwith. A link and location for the pregame viewing will be available prior to each game.
    • Postgame, the Spiders will live stream on the Richmond Athletics Facebook the postgame virtual press conferences for men's basketball with Spider head coach Chris Mooney and selected student-athletes.
    • New this season, the Spiders will offer a robust and interactive digital game program for fans to access the day of each game. This interactive program will offer up-to-date stats, recent videos and much more while being offered for both home and road games this season. The virtual game program will be available on the Spider Game Day pages for each men's basketball contest.
    • Spider Athletics will enhance in-game social media for both men's and women's basketball this season on @SpiderAthletics, @SpiderMBB, and @SpiderWBBall on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
    • Hear exclusively on game days from Spider coaches and/or student-athletes on Spider social media accounts after shoot around to get final insights before the game.
    • Live game updates and in-game highlights (when available) will be shared throughout the games on the team accounts.
    • Fans can follow the main @SpiderAthletics accounts during the game for interactive opportunities to win prizes, learn more about our student-athletes AND impact the game.
    • All social media channels will feature experiences such as virtual t-shirt tosses, media time out trivia questions and much more. So, follow us on all accounts above for the best chance to connect with the Spiders on gameday!

    All Spider men's and women's basketball home games from the Robins Center will be televised and/or streamed online for fans to watch. A full broadcast schedule for men's basketball will be released at a later date but the Spiders already have 12 games scheduled for national television. All home women's basketball games will be broadcast on ESPN+ as part of the Atlantic 10 Conference television package.

    Additionally, all men's basketball games will be broadcast on 99.5 FM/950 AM ESPN Richmond for the 15th consecutive year as the flagship station of the Spiders. Bob Black, Greg Beckwith, Robert Fish and Matt Smith will provide the calls throughout the year for either home and road men's basketball games."
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    Theyve got a great plan. No point in fighting with it anymore at this point, might as well embrace it and figure out a way to make this experience as enjoyable as possible. Hope our AD comes up with a way to keep up what little fan interest we have left in the program this year. Purchased a few cardboard cutouts, would like to see something in addition to the ESPN+ stream though.
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    I wonder how much a player can sell his guest passes for?
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    Who knows, maybe some of them should reach out to us and find out.
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