Basketball season starts in late October and runs until mid- to late June. All college and professional teams complete their regular and post-season play within this time frame.
Most college teams begin early season tournament and non-conference play in mid-November, and the regular season ends in early March. The Final Four marks the end of college basketball season, with the championship game held the first or second Monday in April. The NBA season runs longer, with teams beginning regular season play in late October and finishing in mid-April. The playoffs begin within a few days, and the finals typically start in early June.