By Melody Miller

NCAA president Mark Emmert says using bubbles for NCAA championships — including basketball — in the first half of 2021 is a “perfectly viable in many sports.”

“Starting with 64 teams is tough. Thirty-two, OK, maybe that’s a manageable number. Sixteen, certainly manageable. But you’ve got to figure out those logistics,” Emmert said in an interview on the NCAA’s website. “There’s doubtlessly ways to make that work.”

Emmert said that Joni Comstock, the NCAA’s senior vice president of championships, and Dan Gavitt, senior vice president of basketball, have been working with committees and conferences to figure out the logistics and economics of how it would work amid the┬ácoronavirus pandemic.

“It’s obviously expensive to do that,” he said. “But we’re not going to hold a championship in a way that puts student-athletes at ris

“If we need to do a bubble model and that’s the only way we can do it, then we’ll figure that out.”

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari backed the concept, saying yesterday that a “well-thought-out” bubble concept is realistic for college basketball because of what the NBA and WNBA have achieved. He said college basketball’s leaders have to “listen to the science, listen to the doctors” but he believes the blueprint has already been established.