When Does the College Basketball Season Start?

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The Duke mascot and cheerleaders perform on the court during the second half of a second-round college basketball game against Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jun 21, 2024, 9:56 AM

The 2024 college basketball season will likely begin during the week of Nov. 4.

While programs won’t officially release their schedules until later this calendar year, hoops fans can expect that most teams will open the regular season during the first half of November. 

Generally speaking, the non-conference portion of the college basketball season stretches from the second week of November through the last week of December. After that, conference play begins.

Conference tournaments that determine March Madness automatic bids usually start at the end of February or beginning of March.

NCAA Tournament betting lines are finally released once the tournament is revealed on Selection Sunday.

NCAA Basketball Season

Event2023-24 Start Dates
Regular Season BeginsNov. 6, 2023
Conference Season BeginsLate December 2023
Conference Tournaments BeginMarch 4, 2024
Selection SundayMarch 17, 2024
First NCAA Tournament GameMarch 19, 2024
Men's National Championship April 8, 2024

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.