Mountain West Changes 2020-21 Basketball Formats


The Mountain West announced a new format for men's and women's basketball on Monday. The 11-week season will begin in December and conclude the last week of February, with a 20-game schedule.

The conference says the format "emphasizes the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff while significantly reducing travel."

While the actual schedules are "forthcoming," the new format works like this:

  • Mountain West teams face each other in a two-game series in the same week with a one-day break between contests.
  • Each institution will have five home and five road series, reducing the regular travel schedule by four weeks to help mitigate potential virus exposures.

The conference's announcement explained that "The format adjustments create flexibility throughout the season to potentially reschedule games which may need to be postponed as the schedule plays out. This is a one-year model adopted specifically to address the unique challenges of the current COVID-19 pandemic."

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