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A poll of 250 college basketball coaches reveals 74% want a semi-normal schedule this year

A poll of 250 college basketball coaches reveals 74% want a semi-normal schedule this year

Several college conferences across the country are preparing for the fall sports season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Big Ten announced on Thursday that it will go to a “conference-only” model for all fall sports. The Pac-12 followed announcing football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball will play only conference games. Earlier in the week, the Ivy League announced no sports would be played until January 1.

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More conferences are likely to follow shortly. But after fall sports, what will happen with winter sports and, specifically, with college basketball? Stadium basketball analyst Jeff Goodman conducted an interesting poll.

Of the 250 Division I head men’s basketball coaches (of a 353 total), 74% want a season with non-conference and conference play. Only 24% of coaches want to push the start of the season to January and play exclusively conference games.

One of the unique aspects of early-season college basketball is the non-conference matchups, sometimes in exotic locations. One of the most notable, the Maui Invitational, is planning to move forward as scheduled.

A handful of local teams are scheduled to travel to tournaments this November. Virginia and Georgetown will both head to Anaheim, Calif. for the Wooden Legacy. VCU is part of an eight-team field at the Charleston Classic and George Mason is reportedly traveling to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam.

There is plenty to be sorted out before the start of the college basketball season but for now, we will take some optimism from the men on the sidelines. 

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UVA's basketball arena has a new favorite John Paul Jones

UVA's basketball arena has a new favorite John Paul Jones

If you do not follow the official Twitter account of the John Paul Jones Arena, you are missing out on premium "Bachelor in Paradise" content. 

During the college hoops off-season, UVA's home arena - as SBNation's Streaking The Lawn first pointed out - has become a fan account for the Bachelor contestant of the same name.

The name isn't the only connection: John Paul Jones, the "Bachelor in Paradise" fan favorite is a DMV local, and son of a UVA alumnae. We even saw him at a Nationals game this season.

And so, in lieu of any pressing sports news, the Arena's account is capturing the biggest news in reality TV.

JPJ stole the hearts of ABC's "The Bachelorette" fans on Hannah Brown's season. After a few short weeks, he was sent home, though his time with the franchise did not end there. He is a staple on the networks' spin-off show, "Bachelor in Paradise" which currently airs twice a week.

The Twitter account is all in on this season, live-tweeting the best JPJ content.

JPJ Arena will welcome home national champion Virginia Cavaliers when their season kicks off in November.

The arena hopes to add to the excitement by creating the greatest sports and Bachelorette crossover ever. 

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Boston College Eagles at Pittsburgh Panthers: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Boston College Eagles at Pittsburgh Panthers: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Boston College improved to 12-4 this week after picking up their first ACC win of the season against Wake Forest, making them 1-2 in ACC play.

Pittsburgh is looking to bounce back from two bad losses to two ranked teams.

Sunday's Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus.

Boston College at Pittsburgh How to Watch

What: Boston College Eagles at Pittsburgh Panthers

Where: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA

When: 1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday January 13

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington Plus (channel finder)

Radio: Listen live here

 

Boston College at Pittsburgh

Conference: ACC (Boston College), Atlantic Coast (Pittsburgh)

Record: 12-4 (Boston College), 9-7 (Pittsburgh)

Last Game: 65-64 win @ Wake Forest, 1/10 (Boston College), 34-63 loss @ NC State, 1/10 (Pittsburgh)

Leading Scorers: Emma Guy, 12.89ppg (Boston College), Yacine Diop, 15.7ppg (Pittsburgh)