Patriot League Plan on 2021 Basketball Season Starting in January
The Patriot League Council of Presidents endorsed a plan for a League-only Men's and Women's Basketball schedule for the 2020-21 season, beginning on Saturday, January 2, it was announced Monday. League play will be contingent on the League and its member institutions being able to conduct competition in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staffs and their communities.
Consistent with the prioritization of health and safety, the 2020-21 schedule format features a significant reduction in travel and overnight stays. No teams will be permitted to fly to games.
Instead of the League's traditional double round-robin format, teams will play an increased number of games against League opponents in closer geographic proximity.
“We have accomplished the first step in the planning process for the 2021 Patriot League men's and women's basketball season,” said Lafayette College President Alison Byerly, Chair of the Council of Presidents. “The Council of Presidents places the highest value and priority on League competition, and we believe this model offers the best opportunities for us to conduct a safe and successful League season.”
The 10 Patriot League institutions will be divided into three regional mini-conferences with teams playing four games against each regional opponent. Additional League games will be played outside of the mini-conferences to complete the 16-game regular-season schedule. Read more.