Pac-12 Sets Weekly Schedule Designations for USC Men's Basketball
SAN FRANCISCO — The Pac-12 Conference has announced weekly matchups and site designations for the league's inaugural 20-game men's basketball schedule in 2020-21. Additionally, several previously announced December game dates have been adjusted to allow for flexibility in non-conference scheduling.
The announcement reflects the games being played and the home/away designations each week of the Pac-12 regular season. Specific dates and times for each game within a week will be announced after selections by the league's television partners are finalized. All 120 Conference games will be televised by either Pac-12 Network, ESPN/2/U, FOX/FS1 or CBS.
The Conference received approval to move to a 20-game format in May 2019, and announced original dates for the additional two games in December 2019. However, due to the NCAA's shift in season start date to Nov. 25, programs were allowed to reach mutually agreeable dates for the previously scheduled league games. In total, five of the original 12 dates were moved to allow for flexibility in non-league scheduling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The remainder of league play will resume the week of Dec. 30 and conclude March 6 or 7 ahead of the 2021 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from March 10-13.
All basketball competitions will be conducted in accordance with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee health and safety recommendations and guidelines, as previously announced on September 24 when the Pac-12 CEO Group voted to resume football, basketball and winter sport seasons. The weekly matchups have been designed to allow for flexibility should a need arise for rescheduled contests.
Three Pac-12 teams - ARIZONA STATE, OREGON and UCLA - appear on several national media outlets' early top 25 rankings for the 2020-21 campaign, while ARIZONA, STANFORD and the Sun Devils bring in top-15 recruiting classes and USC welcomes the nation's No. 2 college signee in Evan Mobley.
Mobley is one of three McDonald's All-Americans set to join the Conference this coming season along with ASU's Josh Christopher and Stanford's Ziaire Williams.
Six All-Conference and two All-Defensive Team selections from last season are slated to return for 2020-21 - the eight returning all-league picks being the most to return to the Conference since its record-setting 2015-16 campaign. Additionally, six NBA Draft early-entry candidates elected to return to Pac-12 programs - First Team All-Conference performers Remy Martin (ASU), Chris Smith (UCLA) and McKinley Wright IV (COLORADO), Second Team honorees Timmy Allen (UTAH) and Matt Bradley (CALIFORNIA), and reigning Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year Alonzo Verge Jr. (ASU). Stanford's Oscar da Silva (First Team) and Bryce Wills (All-Defensive) round out the returning All-Conference performers.
2020-21 USC Weekly Schedule Designations
Dec. 13 - vs. Stanford*
Dec. 20 - at Oregon State*
Dec. 30-Jan. 3 - vs. Colorado/Utah
Jan. 6-10 - at Arizona/Arizona State
Jan. 13-17 - vs. Washington/Washington State
Jan. 20-24 - at California/Stanford
Jan. 27-31 - vs. Oregon/Oregon State
Feb. 3-7 - vs. UCLA
Feb. 10-14 - at Washington/Washington State
Feb. 17-21 - vs. Arizona/Arizona State
Feb. 24-28 - at Colorado/Utah
March 6-7 - at UCLA
*conference-added December games
Weekly matchups, sites and reorganized early December game dates for #Pac12Hoops' inaugural 20-game league schedule in 2020-21 have been announced.
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) October 29, 2020