Pac-12 Conference moving to 20-game men’s basketball schedule

CU Buffs will not make trip to UW, WSU in 2019-20

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Colorado’s schedule will be a bit different in the 2020-21 season as the Pac-12 announced it will assume a 20-game conference slate rather than the current 18-game schedule.

A long-rumored scheduling change became reality on Thursday, as the Pac-12 Conference announced it will move to a 20-game men’s basketball schedule beginning with the 2020-21 league slate.

The proposal was ratified by the Pac-12 Conference Council and Athletic Directors Committee.

Additionally, the Colorado Buffaloes had the particular opponents finalized for their last 18-game Pac-12 schedule in 2019-20. As usual, the Buffs will play home-and-home games against the entire league except two pairs of foes, with CU set to visit Arizona and Arizona State without those schools making a return trip to Boulder.

CU will host Washington and Washington State but will not play those teams on the road. The Buffs will have a second game against Arizona State, but it will be considered a nonconference date when the teams match up in the Pac-12’s annual season-opening game in China.

Last fall, as he discussed a few missed connections while attempting to put together CU’s 2018-19 nonconference schedule, head coach Tad Boyle said the increasing difficulties his staff has been facing while piecing together the schedule made him more in favor of adding two more conference games.

The switch to 20 games will move up the start of the Pac-12 schedule to December and, at times, November. After two straight seasons that saw Pac-12 basketball lag on the national stage, the belief is that two additional league games will help improve the league’s overall power rankings.

“We believe moving to a 20-game schedule will lead to more competitive schedules and help our programs and league achieve our goals of enhancing the Pac-12 basketball brand and preparation for postseason play,” Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner and leading basketball executive Jamie Zaninovich said in a statement.