While college basketball teams could begin practices a couple of days ago on October 14, it was still a mystery how each conference would address their schedules.
Enter Jeff Goodman, a highly reliable college insider/analyst who tweeted out the Summit League schedule yesterday.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) October 15, 2020
The big change is the move away from a typical basketball schedule to mirror a typical hockey schedule with two-game weekend series, typically on Fridays and Saturdays. This is a smart scheduling move, this cuts conference travel in half along with the associated costs and travel exposure presented by the more traditional conference scheduling. And, with likely few or no fans, no competitive advantage will be gained by the new scheme. Finally, student-athletes benefit from a schedule that reduces the time away from school with games on the weekends instead of during the week.
DU’s home games will include Oral Roberts, South Dakota State, University of North Dakota, and Omaha. Denver will hit the road with twin bills against the University of South Dakota, North Dakota State, Western Illinois, and conclude with the newest conference member, UMKC.
Overall, if accurate, and coming from Goodman, it almost certainly is, this is a smart move taken by the Summit League. Now, if only COVID-19 will cooperate.
The schedule released by Goodman does not address non-conference tilts which can be held in a window between November 25th and the January 2nd start of Summit League play.