The 2013-14 college basketball season will get underway two weeks earlier this year. At least, practices will. The NCAA has approved a new rule to allow teams to practice 42 days before their first scheduled game.
Assuming teams play on the first Friday of the college basketball season, that means the first practice, often a fan event, will also be held on a Friday. The first practice can be held any time, as a rule restricting the first practice until at least 5:00 p.m. has been revoked.
This means the first practices will likely be held in late September, instead of early October.
Under the newly approved rules, teams would be allowed a total of 30 practices during the first six weeks of the practice period. That’s six more practices than was previously allowed during the previous 30-day period.
All in all, this seems to be a solid rule. More practice time means better teams early in the season, and it brings men’s basketball closer to women’s basketball. (Which already allows practice 40 days from the first game)