EKU men’s and women’s basketball schedules take shape

The Ohio Valley Conference announced the men’s and women’s basketball conference schedules for the 2020-21 season on Thursday.

The schedules this season have increased from 18 to 20 conference games. Overall the men’s and women’s basketball teams will play every OVC team once and nine schools twice.

The EKU women’s team will open OVC play by hosting in-state rival Morehead State on Dec. 5. The men’s team will open their conference slate by hosting Morehead State two days later, on Dec. 7.

“Our athletics directors explored a number of scheduling options designed to address the scheduling challenges we may face due to the pandemic,” said OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche in a press release. “Ultimately, they decided to adopt schedules that increase the opportunity for conference competition while staying true to our traditional conference scheduling structure and pattern.”

DeBauche and conference athletics directors wanted the conference to play as much as a normal schedule as possible but DeBauche said the OVC is ready to address scheduling conflicts and to modify schedules during the season if needed.

The COVID-19 pandemic is still a concern for the conference as they prepare to start the season. 

Teams will follow approved safety protocols established in partnership with the NCAA’s Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Basketball and OVC guidance.

The 2021 OVC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament is scheduled for March 3-6 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. This will be the fourth year in a row the event will be hosted at the Ford Center. 

The EKU women’s basketball team announced its non-conference slate on Monday. According to a press release, the EKU men’s team will be announcing its schedule in the near future.

The women’s basketball team will open the season on Nov. 25 at McBrayer Arena against Bellarmine University. 

For the full EKU women’s basketball schedule click here

For the EKU men’s basketball OVC slate click here.

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