2019-20 College Basketball Season Schedule: Dates, TV Channels, Live Stream, Odds

Seven months on since Virginia clinched its first national title, college basketball is back.

The action gets underway on Tuesday, November 5, when Kansas takes on Duke in the Champions Classic in New York City, followed by Michigan State taking on Kentucky at the same venue.

The Spartans went all the way to the Final Four last season before falling in the semifinal against eventual winners Virginia and begin the season as the No.1 ranked team in both the Associated Press and the USA Today coaches' poll.

Michigan State has retained a number of key players—chief among them senior guard Cassius Winston —and has both the depth and experience to win a first national title in two decades.

Like the Spartans, Kentucky has retained a number of key players, which explains why it's ranked No. 2 in both preseason polls, while Kansas will be rearing to go after welcoming Udoka Azubuike back from the injury that curtailed his season a year ago.

Intrigue surrounds Duke, which has lost Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett to the NBA and will pin its hopes on point guard Tre Jones.

Here's all you need to know ahead of the 2019-20 college basketball season.

NCAA men's Final Four
The Virginia Cavaliers celebrate with the trophy after their 85-77 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the 2019 NCAA men's Final Four National Championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 8 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Streeter Lecka/Getty

When does the college basketball season start?

The 2019-20 season of college basketball gets underway on Tuesday, November 5, when Kansas takes on Duke in New York City.

As is tradition, early season tournaments are the main point of focus across November and December, as the season gets into its groove.

The postseason begins on March 17 next year and will culminate in the final four in Atlanta, Georgia. The national championship game is scheduled for April 6.

TV coverage

As usual, coverage of the college football season will be split across a variety of networks. ESPN will carry the lion's share of the games, with CBS and FOX also among the broadcaster this year.

As is the case in college football, the individual conferences networks will broadcast games regularly, so expect to be able to watch college hoops on SEC Network, ACCN, Pac-12 Network and so on.

Live stream

Live streams throughout the season will be available via the broadcasters' digital platforms, as well as via fuboTV.

Pre-season polls

Michigan State begins the season as the No.1 ranked team in both the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches' poll.

Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Louisville round-up the top five in both polls, with Florida, Maryland, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Villanova completing the top 10 in the AP poll.

The Coaches' poll, meanwhile, ranks Florida, Gonzaga, Maryland, Virginia and Villanova between sixth and 10th.


Michigan and Kentucky are the early favorites in the eyes of the bookmakers. According to BetOnline, the Spartans are a 7/1 favorite, followed by Kentucky and Duke at 9/1 and 10/1 respectively.

Kansas, Louisville and Memphis follow at 14/1, with Florida and North Carolina at 16/1. Defending champions Virginia are a 20/1 outsider, along with Gonzaga and Villanova.