MW Basketball: Changes To Conference Schedule Announced
Mountain West officials take a step in the right direction regarding the conference season.
Conference announces formal changes to 2020-2021 format.
Nothing is concrete in the age of Covid-19 and things like conference schedules have become very flexible in 2020. This appears to be the case nationally and the Mountain West is now gearing up to weather the storm, as the conference has announced official changes to the 2020-2021 basketball format.
The Mountain West has announced changes to 2020-21 basketball formats.
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— Mountain West (@MountainWest) November 9, 2020
These changes will come to both the men’s and women’s conference seasons. The biggest changes are the amount of conference games increasing from eighteen to twenty and how they will be played.
The new format has every Mountain West team playing each conference opponent twice in the same week with only a one day break in between contests. Each team will have five home and five road series in hopes of reducing the regular travel schedule to help prevent potential exposure.
The timeframe in which these games will be played also shifted slightly, as the conference season will run from December to the last week of February. A slight shift from the previously announced December 29th to March 6th.
An official conference schedule has yet to be announced following these changes, but this is a move in the right direction given the uncertainty surrounding sports at the moment. With the added flexibility to reschedule games with possible positive case postponements, like those we have seen happen all across sports, conference officials aim to ensure all scheduled games can be played.
This with the goal of still having the 2021 MW Men’s Basketball Championship, of which no updates were given with these scheduling changes. So for now, the current dates of March 10th through the 13th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas apparently still stand.
A concern of note is the lack of complete non-conference schedules around the conference. Given the official start of college basketball is nearly two weeks away. Expect a ton scheduling announcements to start to roll out quickly.