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Morning Power Bar: Draft Delay; Non-Conference Events

We look at this week in college basketball.

NBA: All Star Game-Team Lebron at Team Giannis Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

This is a new weekly column for BTPowerhouse that will cover a variety of Big Ten topics that might not deserve a detailed breakdown, but deserve mention. It will be similar to a news roundup with more thoughts and analysis.

So, let’s jump into our Morning Power Bar.

1. NBA Draft could be delayed again.

While this is a college basketball blog, we do try to keep tabs on the NBA and what’s going on at the next level every once in awhile. And with so many former Big Ten players trying to make it at the next level this year, it’s important to keep tabs on the NBA Draft.

Well, some interesting reports came out early this week suggesting this year’s Draft might be delayed again. It was delayed earlier this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and it looks like that might be happening once again:

A draft in November feels weird, but so has everything this year. Looks like fans will have to wait a big longer to see where their favorite players might land.

For those who need reminding, here’s the Lottery order this year:

2. Are we going to see some non-con games after all?

Ever since the Big Ten’s announcement eliminating non-conference play for fall sports earlier this summer (followed by a postponement of play), most figured the same would carry over to basketball season. With so much uncertainty, reducing the number of opponents, reducing the number of games, and eliminating some of the risk of exposure to COVID-19 all seemed like reasonable goals and reasons to eliminate non-con play.

However, Jon Rothstein has been posting some interesting reports lately that suggest some non-conference games still might be on the table.

He posted this:

And this:

Rothstein is just one reporter and a lot of this might end up being hot air, but at least these discussions are happening now. We saw how things fell apart for Big Ten football when the decision makers waited until the last minute to try and salvage the season and it’s encouraging to see basketball working ahead of time. Let’s hope they can get things figured out, so we can get at least a watered down non-conference season.

3. Other non-conference events up in the air.

And while we’re on the topic of non-conference events, it’s worth hitting on two others. Indiana and Purdue are both set to play in marquee non-conference tournaments this year and many have wondered how those might look in the COVID-19 era.

Well, we also got some interesting updates on those as well:

With so much uncertainty out there still, it seems reasonable to shift some of these non-conference events. But it sure would be something to see these tournaments played somewhere in the mainland. We will have to wait and see how it all goes down.


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