MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – The River States Conference is announcing an adjustment to the RSC men’s and women’s basketball conference schedules for the 2020-21 season. The RSC Administrative Council has approved a double round-robin, divisional-only conference schedule beginning Jan. 5, 2021.
The change has been implemented due to COVID-19, which has already made an impact to the conference schedule in November and December. Most conference matchups have been postponed so far this season with little time for make-up dates in January and February.
The divisional-only conference schedule will last for seven weeks from Tuesday, January 5 through Saturday, February 20. All RSC schools will play a home-and-home series versus each of its divisional opponents. That will result in RSC West Division teams playing a 12-game conference schedule this year and RSC East Division teams playing a 10-game conference schedule for 2020-21.
Traditionally, schools played one conference game versus each team in the other division. Those conference games are cancelled this year. Schools may opt to play across the divisions, but those games will be non-conference contests.
Schools also have the freedom to move their weekday games to another day of the week if both schools agree, although a Tuesday-Saturday format is the baseline. Additionally, schools may opt to split the men’s and women’s games on a given date — with the men at home and the women away or vice versa – to eliminate doubleheaders and thus reduce capacity at venues.
The RSC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships are scheduled for February 24 through March 2.