The NCAA’s one-time transfer rule and the transfer portal’s rise to prominence has led some mid-major basketball programs to refuse games against teams from the power conferences, according to a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.

Per Rothstein’s report, some mid-major conference teams aren’t wanting to play these games because it allows high-profile programs an opportunity to scout potential players who could land in the transfer portal. This year has seen an incredibly high number of basketball players enter the portal since the conclusion of the 2020-21 campaign.

“Sources: Multiple mid-major programs are opting to not play guarantee games against high-major programs because it gives power conference teams a ‘free live evaluation’ of future players who could move up via the transfer portal,'” Rothstein reported. “The level of separation has NEVER been greater.”

Mid-major programs commonly will schedule away games against power programs for the payout they receive to make the trip. However, it seems that at least some programs have opted against that plan for the time being.

It should be interesting to see if this holdout is a long-term thing for some of these programs, or if it’s a scheduling plan that lasts only a few seasons.