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will open his first season of men’s basketball in the Big West with a pair of games at Cal Poly starting Jan. 1, according to the Big West conference schedule announced this week.
Subject to state and local approvals, the 11 Big West members will play 20 conference games in a modified format. Their goal is to reduce travel and focus on the health and safety of athletes, coaches and staff as the pandemic continues.
Competing in their first Division I season, the Newts will host an enemy from Big West for the first time on January 8-9, when UCSD hosts CSU Northridge.
“We’re excited to be making the Big West for the first time,” said UC San Diego head coach Eric Olen.
Matches will follow with UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, Long Beach State, Hawaii, CSU Bakersfield, UC Riverside, UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton.
The traditional home and home round robin schedule has been changed so that teams face the same opponent on consecutive days at the same venue. The majority of games will take place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Each team will contest the schedule over an 11 week period with one week off. Matches will not be postponed if a team needs to be quarantined.
The NCAA recently announced that November 25 is the official start date for the 2020-21 basketball season. It is at the discretion of Big West members to determine the number of games staged during non-conference games.
The status of UC San Diego’s non-conference schedule has not yet been determined.
Under guidelines from the Big West board, all teams plan to start the season without spectators. The issue of fan attendance will be revisited throughout the season.
“The Big West Board of Directors has done their due diligence in examining all the factors involved in a safe and responsible return to competition, with basketball being the pilot moving forward,” Big Commissioner said. West, Dan Butterly.
– Staff reports
UCSD men’s basketball to debut in Big West against Cal Poly in January was last modified: October 24, 2020 by
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